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03/08/2013 11:02 pm ET | Updated Oct 01, 2013

Girls in STEM: Calling All Mentors!

Editor's Note: This post is part of a series produced by HuffPost's Girls In STEM Mentorship Program. Join the community as we discuss issues affecting women in science, technology, engineering and math.

Last December, HuffPost announced the launch of our Girls In STEM Mentorship Program -- a 3-month initiative to match girls interested in science, technology, engineering and/or math (STEM) with scientists currently working or researching in these fields.

The response was overwhelming. We received applications from more than 1,000 young female students looking for mentors, and a flood of emails from people who care about the cause as much as we do. We believe every girl who took the time to apply to our program deserves to be matched with a qualified and passionate STEM mentor.

So this International Women's Day, we're asking you to step up and help lead the next generation of scientists and engineers. APPLY HERE NOW to become one of HuffPost's online STEM mentors.

Our mentees range from ages 14-21, and are interested in all STEM fields -- from paleontology to aeronautical engineering. We will strongly encourage that you e-mail, video chat, and by any means pick each other's brains. We'll also invite many of you to blog about your experiences for The Huffington Post -- we want to hear about the STEM mentorship experience, as well as your thoughts on the issues surrounding women in STEM.

Because we believe there's enormous value in simply connecting mentors and students, the program requires no formal curriculum, and the time and effort you decide to put into this relationship is up to you. However, we ask that you honor your commitment to communicate and learn from each other over time.

Together, we can start a new dialogue around girls in STEM and STEM education, and foster a brighter future for science and engineering in America.

Click here for more information about the program, and check out our Girls In STEM page for more resources. And please, spread the word! We're on a mission to shake up the STEM world, and we can't do it without you.

Questions? Concerns? Leave them in the comment well on our FAQ post. Or you can tweet Rebecca Searles or Brittany Binowski, hashtag #hpstem.

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