Blog: Program encourages girls’ pursuit of engineering and science

This was a blog post written for my JRN 400 class blog. It was published on February 22, 2012.

Blog: Program encourages girls’ pursuit of engineering and science

By NICOLE LACHANCE

In my research for my current article about diversity among department chairs and professors, I noticed that there was lack of women in the physical sciences. While to some people this may be expected, I was hoping that by 2012 there would be more women interested in going into traditionally male-dominated fields.

Then I saw this article from WYTV in Youngstown, Ohio about a recent check received by Youngstown University’s Women in Science Program. The program received a check for $100,000 from the Edward W. Powers Charitable Fund for its career day. The career day program partners girls in grades 6 to 12 with female mentors in science and engineering fields to encourage them to pursue related careers and show them they can succeed.

I think this program sounds very interesting. It is disheartening to think girls who may be interested in science would be hesitant to pursue a career in the field because they think they would not succeed or because they lack role models in these fields. I think girls around the country would benefit if more universities had programs like this. It would help if girls could actually see real women succeeding in science-related fields. More universities and investors should consider programs like these.

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