Research scientist Haruko Wainwright is being celebrated for her role in helping Berkeley Lab provide exceptional mentorship of the next generation of STEM professionals. Wainwright is one of six scientists being recognized this summer for their unique contributions as mentors through the various internships offered by Berkeley Lab: Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI), the Berkeley Lab Undergraduate Research (BLUR) internship, Visiting Faculty (VFP) and the Community College Internship (CCI) programs.
In a normal year, the Lab’s Workforce Development & Education effort celebrates its mentors at an awards reception held onsite at the Lab in September. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in lieu of the usual recognition ceremonies, Berkeley Lab is virtually recognizing six upstanding mentors, who served in 2019 and 2020. In their reporting, WD&E quoted Wainwright who said, “I know that I can have only a few students each year,” she remarks, “but I believe that this is a very tangible contribution to the diversity and inclusion in the science community.” Her mentees credit their success to her close guidance. One intern explained, “When I arrived at the lab in January, I was unsure I “belonged” in the sciences. Eight months later, I am proud of the research I have done, and I feel excited about a career in science.” Read the original article from Berkeley Lab here.