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U of M Summer Sessions Will Let Girls Experience Engineering, Science, and Technology University News
For release: May 18, 2010

For press information, contact Curt Guenther, 901/678-2843

The Girls Experiencing Engineering (GEE) program will again be offered this summer at the Herff College of Engineering at the University of Memphis.  The program, open to girls in middle school and high school, will offer four sessions this summer, each of them running from 8 a.m. to noon daily for a week.

A general session for high school students will meet June 7-11, and a general session for middle school students will meet June 14-18. 

Two focus sessions for high school students will also be held.  The session that will meet June 21-25 will focus on imaging science and environmental engineering.  Another focus session June 28-July 2 will stress transportation engineering.

Registration for the sessions is still open, via the Web, at  There is a $25 program fee, but scholarships are available for students with financial need.

The GEE program is an interactive, fast-paced program that involves a number of activities designed to motivate and challenge participants.  Students learn through authentic engineering simulations, and teams are awarded prizes for best technical presentation and best experimental component in each competition.

Daily presentations by local female engineers and engineering students introduce the GEE students to the many career opportunities for women in the engineering field and inform them of the type of academic preparation they need to become practicing engineers.

This is the eighth GEE program, funded since its inception by the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis.  This year’s high school level focus sessions have been made possible by additional support from the U of M’s Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute

The overall goal of the program is to instill young women with awareness of, interest in, and the confidence to pursue a wide array of career opportunities within the science, technology, and engineering fields.  The GEE program has grown each year.  In 2003, there were 30 participants; this year, 150 students are expected to take part. 

More information is available from Dr. Stephanie Ivey at 901-678-3286 or Shelia Moses at 901-678-4933.

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