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Recognizing Reinventors Recap

On July 23rd, 2020, Reinvented Magazine hosted our first annual virtual award ceremony, “Recognizing Reinventors”! This event celebrated Reinvented’s content and volunteers. It also awarded women who have performed incredible feats in STEM fields.

Reinvented Magazine would like to give a special thanks to the National Girls Collaborative Project for being our presenting sponsor for this event! The award ceremony would not have been a success without their support, and we look forward to working together as partners in the future.

Key highlights from the event included: 

  • Announcements of the nominees, finalists, and winners for our various awards. 

  • Special presentations by Ruthe Farmer, Chief Evangelist for CSforALL and Olivia Pavco-Giaccia, Director of Engagement and Innovation with the National Girls Collaborative Project.

  • A Keynote speech by Irma Olguin Jr., CEO and Co-Founder of Bitwise Industries.

  • Recognizing Reinventors Staff Q&A at the end of the event. 

The ceremony kicked off with a “State of the Union” style update on the status of Reinvented Magazine, the impact it has had over this past year, and some of the exciting new projects that Reinvented staff are working on. This update included the Reinvented Magazine Honors, an award for organizations and individuals whose involvement ensured the success of the organization. 

Reinvented Magazine's staff during the Recognizing Reinventors Ceremony

Reinvented Magazine Honors Awardees

Volunteer of the Year

Erin Mitchell and Rachel Weeks

Partnership of the Year

Women You Should Know & Women You Should Fund

Advisor of the Year

Jerry Looney, Sherry Huss, Ruthe Farmer

Sponsor of the Year

Collins Aerospace

The Women in STEM Award Category included women who were nominated by our audience between May and June. Over 130 nominations were submitted! All of the candidates had amazing accomplishments and stories, and we appreciate their dedication to empowering women in STEM. Congratulations to our winners and finalists! 

Women in STEM Honors Awardees 

Rising Star of the Year 

Winner: Gia Mar Ramos 

Finalists: Kaylah Holmes, Krishnaveni Dole, Skyler Basco

Outstanding Collegiate of the Year

Winner: Ananya Cleetus

Finalists: Amy Quartaro, Natalie Hahn, Rachel Eckert

Mentor of the Year 

Winner: Margaret Birch 

Finalists: Christine Kennedy, Kristina Holzweiss, Nancy Coblenz 

Educator of the Year

Winner: Professor AnnMarie Thomas

Finalists: Carlotta Berry, Colleen Epler-Ruths, Patrica Swanz-Reiners 

STEM Changemaker of the Year 

Winner: Sydney Floryanzia

Finalists: Lindsey Kirkland, Mary Lou Jepsen, Rita Korin Karl

Reinvented Woman of the Year 

Winner: Mary Kombolias

Finalists: Dr. Leena Pattarkine, Rachel Anderson, Riteka Murugesh

Votes for Reinvented Magazine content awards were submitted by Reinvented readers and fans. There were 237 votes on these content awards. Congratulations to the winners and honorable mentions! 

Reinvented Magazine Content Honors Awardees

Article of the Year 

Winner: The Making of Star Wars by Abigail Johnson

Finalists: 50 Years in the Making: A Return to Human Spaceflight by Abigail Johnson, Identification of Protein Biomarker Signature for Ovarian Cancer by Vilina Mehta, The Beginner’s Guide to Hackathons by Sara Kazemi

Guest article of the Year

Winner: Deaf Kids Code: A Model for Accessibility in STEM Education by Daphne Fauber

Finalists: How Lanie Dixon is Using her Passion for People to Change the Patient Experience in the Healthcare System by Wogrammer (Jasmine Johnson), Impact Through Inclusion: How Lisa Gelobter is Transforming Tech by Celebrating Diversity by Wogrammer (Charlotte Kiang), Embrace All Kinds of Minds: Neurodiversity in Tech by Hana Gabrielle Bidon

Interview of the Year

Winner: Dr. Carlotta Berry on Purpose and Passion by Meghana Krishna

Finalists: Alyssa Carson: Martian in Training by Rachel Weeks, Capturing the Big Picture of What it Means to be a Woman in STEM with Megan Smith by Madeleine Salem, A Tale of Two Sisters: An Interview with Gaming YouTubers Jenstine on the Power of Storytelling by Madeleine Salem

Best Blog Post of the Year

Winner: 19-Year Old Scientist Discovers Life-Saving Use for Shark Skin by Meghana Krishna

Finalists: Author Series: Julie Hampton by Abigayle Peterson, NASA: Going Beyond Encouraging Diversity by Rachell Frank, The Rise of Female Entrepreneurs: Managing Motherhood While Running a Successful Business by Sanjana Yeddula

Best Guest Blog Post of the Year

Winner: Advocating for Gender Inclusivity: Puerto Rican Engineering Student and Her Journey as a Latin Woman in STEM by Natasha Mejias-Ramirez

Finalists: Visual Thinking: Amplifying Human Stories by Rosa Torres, 3 Projects, 3 Ph.D. Students, 3 Women by Alyssa S. Ho, Because I Belong Here by Alyssa Delouise

Best Advice by Gloria

Winners: Issue 2 - Page 61 - Question #4, Issue 3 - Page 60 - Question #2

Best Event of the Year

Winner: STEAM Dreamers Virtual Panel Series

Best Marketing Campaign of the Year

Winner: Women You Should Fund 

Best Merchandise of the Year

Winner: Women in STEM Sticker Pack 

Reinvented Staff also nominated their peers, essential partners, sponsors, and advisors who helped make our first year a success. Big shoutout to the Reinvented team for all of your hard work! 

Congratulations winners and finalists! We appreciate your dedication to this organization and the effort you have contributed to the growth of this magazine.

Reinvented Staff Honors Awardees

Rising Student in STEM of the Year

Winner: Madeleine Salem

Finalists: Avika Patel, Aparna Rajesh, Abigayle Peterson

Department Head of the Year

Winner: Avika Patel

Finalists: Aparna Rajesh, Alice Ao, Renee Becker-Blau

Team Spirit Award of the Year

Winner: Abigayle Peterson

Finalists: Palak Mehta, Alice Liu, Jenn Toso

To Infinity and Beyond Award

Winners: Ria Vora, Palak Mehta

Finalists: Renee Becker-Blau, Niamh Murphy

Debutante of the Year

Winner: Snigdha Saha

Finalists: Marie Young, Varija Mehta, Niyati Patel

Thank you to the volunteers who helped make this event successful. The Recognizing Reinventors Award Ceremony had over 388 views via Twitch! You can view the recorded livestream stream here.

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