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Women in STEM at Hopkins

Women undergraduates in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs thrive at Hopkins thanks to a flexible, interdisciplinary education that emphasizes hands-on learning and affords mentorship from faculty who are experts in their fields. Here, students collaborate with renowned professors and combine topics and interests to drive innovation and find solutions to real-world problems.

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the next generation of leaders

Be a changemaker.

Our undergrads will be the next scientists, medical researchers, inventors, engineers, and business leaders.

At Hopkins, cross-disciplinary learning and a comprehensive advising program prepare students in all majors to enter STEM fields. Our undergrads take advantage of world-class resources and unique opportunities to contribute to meaningful research and prepare to solve society’s greatest challenges.

Our Life Design Lab teaches our students how to tell their story, adapt to new fields as they arise, identify opportunities, and find a strong network to support them throughout their life’s endeavors.

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Did you know?

Forbes recently ranked Johns Hopkins University #3 in their list of "most important STEM colleges for women."

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Unparalleled opportunities

$2.5 billion in research spending annually.

For over 40 years, we have been the #1 research university in the nation and provide our undergraduates with resources and funding to pursue their ambitions.

  • HOUR, our home for supporting and encouraging undergrads in research endeavors by connecting them to opportunities both inside and outside of Hopkins.
  • PURA, the Provost’s Undergraduate Research Award, offers students up to $2,500 and a partnership with a full-time faculty sponsor for research on any topic of their choosing.
  • CIRCUIT offers undergraduates a $5,000 stipend to take part in cutting-edge summer research at the JHU Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) to map the brain at nanoscale resolution and make significant contributions to science.
  • NOVA is a research team competition for any team of 2+ undergrads currently enrolled in Krieger, Peabody, or Whiting.
The Women’s Pre-Health Leadership Society

"[It's] been a great way to connect with many of the women who will be my future colleagues. On campus, we hold Conversations in Medicine events where professionals come in to present and answer questions about their careers in medicine...Within the community, WPHLS organizes many service ventures ranging from mentoring middle school students to playing with children at parts of the Hopkins Hospital."—Lauren P. ’20, molecular & cellular biology

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World-renowned faculty

Countless women who have changed the world started at Johns Hopkins University

Virginia Apgar, Bonnie Bassler, Rachel Carson, Nitza Margarita Cintron, Linda Cureton, Mary Guinan, Florence Sabin, Meg Urry, and other women of Hopkins continue to be fearless trailblazers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Our professors are winning Nobel Prizes, labeled Time’s top 100 most influential people, winning NASA Achievement Awards, and more. Students get to know these world-renowned faculty in their small classes.

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Meet some of our esteemed STEM professors leading innovative research and social change.

  • Emily Riehl was honored in 2020 with the President’s Frontier Award for her work in mathematical category theory.
  • Lisa Cooper works to address America’s health disparities—the ways race and socioeconomic factors shape them, and the ways our health systems might help eliminate them.
  • Carol Greider was named co-recipient of the 2009 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for her discovery of telomerase, an enzyme that protects the end of a chromosome.
  • As a molecular cell biologist and biophysicist, Rong Li has contributed to actin cytoskeleton regulation, cell polarity and division, cell cycle control, and aneuploidy and cellular evolution.
  • Through her years of work on trauma care, Johns Hopkins researcher Ellen MacKenzie has carved out a unique perch at the intersection of military and civilian health issues.
  • Sabine Stanley is a planetary physicist focusing on magnetic fields to study the interiors of planets, including those in realms light years away from our solar system.
  • Organization theorist Kathleen Sutcliffe studies high-reliability organizations and group decision making with a focus on reliability, resilience, and safety in health care.
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World-wide network

Explore how far you could go with ties to the greater Hopkins network.

Having access to the entire Hopkins community is one of the biggest assets to undergrads on the Homewood campus. Our students take advantage of the endless opportunities provided by our many divisions and affiliates, from research to course work to volunteering.