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Igniting a Spark: University of Miami Empowers Female Students with Immersive STEM Experiences, Captured by Canon Technology

A day-long expedition led by the University of Miami’s Shark Research and Conservation Program through their Females In Natural Sciences (F.I.N.S.) initiative provided a dozen middle and high school female students from underserved communities a hands-on marine science experience on March 20. The trip was part of an ongoing initiative to connect students with role models and show the potential career opportunities that await in the science and technology sectors, where women have been historically underrepresented.

The University of Miami has been a long-time Canon customer. Canon Solutions America (a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A., Inc.) supported the shark research expedition that featured students and faculty from the university’s Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric and Earth Science.

In an ongoing effort by Canon to lean into the importance of environmental responsibility and supporting women in the field of marine science, The F.I.N.S. program’s mission is to provide middle and high school girls with an exciting hands-on experience as shark research volunteers under the mentorship of female University of Miami Rosenstiel School faculty and graduate students. 

The program’s goal is to show the possibilities that exist for women through a supportive environment with accomplished professionals who are eager to help the next generation of scientists. Among those champions of the next generation is Dr. Catherine Macdonald, an assistant research professor and the director of the Rosenstiel School’s Shark Research and Conservation Program. Dr. Macdonald has more than a decade of research experience with sharks and rays and is an internationally recognized shark and interdisciplinary environmental scientist. Her expertise includes the biology and ecology of sharks, conservation policy, and the human dimensions of ocean conservation. The F.I.N.S. program remains part of her commitment to making the field of marine biology more inclusive.

By ML Staff. Images courtesy of F.I.N.S.


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