Herff College of Engineering Girls Experiencing Engineering (GEE)
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GEE History

Gee History

The GEE program was started in 2004 through a grant from the Womens Foundation for a Greater Memphis. The original program was for middle school girls only and lasted two weeks. Since then, the program has expanded to include both middle and high school students and to develop a strong mentoring and leadership component along with the introduction to engineering. In addition to funding from the Womens Foundation, support now also comes from the Herff College of Engineering and the The Center for Intermodal Freight Transportation Studies.

GEE Mentor Spotlight

Patrice Thomas, Civil Engineering

Patrice Thomas, Civil Engineering

"I love to laugh, and I believe when done often enough it can be considered exercise. I would love to manage a group of engineers, that is why I am getting my Master’s in Engineering Management."

What is GEE?

The primary goal of the GEE Program is to increase the number of girls pursuing careers in STEM fields by offering female middle school and high school students an opportunity to increase their awareness and interest levels regarding existing and potential opportunities in the fields of mathematics, science, and engineering. Students have the opportunity to participate in general engineering sessions as well as focus sessions (discipline specific), with program material rotating each summer to accommodate repeat participants. Secondarily, the program seeks to create a broader impact by providing high school and middle school science and math teachers with new pedagogical methods and tools for use in their classrooms through online resources and training workshops and by providing high school girls with leadership training and practice opportunities through peer mentoring. Finally, the program includes a goal of broadening knowledge of participants' parents about career opportunities in engineering through parent orientation sessions.

Since program inception in 2004, GEE has involved 789 middle school high school girls, along with 144 teachers and 143 high school and college mentors. 

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Last Updated: 5/31/12