Science National Honor Society Speaker Series Welcomes Rita Matta '12

Rita Matta, ’12, spoke to about 20 students and faculty about her path from SHA to a STEM career.

She spoke about her first forays into research in the Honors Biotechnology class with Sr. Mary Jane Paolella, and how that lead to her interest in research. Her mother’s illness and subsequent robotic surgery, along with her interests in math and science, drew her to the biotechnology field. Her audience was fascinated with her Ph.D. research on creating bench top systems to mimic disease. Rita also spoke about being a woman in STEM, and the importance of the power of allies and network. She encouraged SHA students to take advantage of her and other alumnae who can help along the way as they follow their own paths into STEM fields. Several students stayed after the talk to listen to advice about the college process. The Science National Honor Society extends its warmest thanks to Rita for coming to speak with us.
Rita is the second speaker in the Science National Honor Society speaker series. Information about our next speaker will be coming soon.