A four-year, $248,000 gift to The Jackson Laboratory from the Petit Family Foundation of Plainville will support a new initiative for promising young women pursuing careers in science and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

“The Jackson Laboratory is a leader in empowering young women in science through their educational programs in concert with their exploration of the genetic basis of human diseases.” says Petit Family Foundation President William A. Petit Jr., M.D. “We believe our support will help young women pursue careers and paths to leadership in STEM professions.”