Natalie Portman and Marvel promote science careers to girls

This week in amazing things Natalie Portman is doing, our favorite Israeli-born actress is encouraging high school girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Portman, who herself studied neuroscience at Harvard, appears in a video for Marvel’s just-launched “Ultimate Mentor Adventure” contest, in which she discusses her love for science and how her role as astrophysicist Jane Foster in “Thor” helped her further explore science.

The competition is calling for female students in grades 9-12 to interview women with STEM careers and make a video about the experience. Winners will get flown to Hollywood to see the premiere. Bonus: A documentary short about their adventures will be shown prior to the screening.

The contest ends October 20th, so any aspiring Jane Fosters should check out the site for details ASAP.

Jana Banin is the blogger for 6 Degrees No Bacon.