Can Explore Engineering in Summer GEE Program at U of M
release: April 15, 2004
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the world needs more women engineers. Why? Because nationally
only 11 percent of engineers are women, as compared to the
legal and medical professions, where fully one-third of each
of those work forces is female, according to the U.S. Census
Bureau. Over the past two decades, the number of women enrolled
in undergraduate engineering programs has changed little;
currently, women make up 20 percent of engineering undergraduates.
summer, the University of Memphis hopes to begin changing
that statistic. Middle school girls can learn about the field
during the fun, learn-by-doing Girls Experiencing Engineering
(GEE) program at the U of M's Herff College of Engineering.
hands-on projects, program participants will discover what
engineers do and how skills like creative thinking, problem-solving,
and communication can contribute to their future success.
GEE students will meet practicing women engineers, who will
share information about their educational paths and careers.
will offer a choice of two one-week sessions, June 7-11 or
June 21-25. Activities will run from 8 a.m. to noon at the
Herff College. There is no charge for the program, which is
sponsored by the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis.
who are living in Shelby County and who will be entering the
seventh, eighth or ninth grades for the 2004-05 academic year
are eligible to attend GEE. Middle school math and science
teachers also may participate.
more information, or to register, call 678-5282 or go online
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