Girls in Science Day, the first of what coordinators hope
will become an annual event, invites more than 45 high school
sophomores and juniors to explore the fields of engineering,
chemistry and physics and astronomy with UT women professors,
administrators and students.
“Regardless of how hard we try to tell them, those fields are
still known as being male fields and that could be a turn off,”
said Isabel Escobar, UT associate professor of chemical
and environmental engineering.
Maybe checking out the
College of Engineering,
exploring the Ritter Planetarium and
and making smoking bubbles and other experiments in a
will turn the girls on to the STEMM fields of science,
technology, engineering, math, and medicine.
The high school girls will be on campus from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Friday, March 19, 2010, to have those experiences.
Most of the girls attend
Toledo Public Schools,
including Rogers, Woodward, and Start high schools, as well as
Early College High School
that is located on the UT Scott Park Campus of Energy and
Central Catholic High School,
Ottawa Hills High School,
Springfield High School,
Delta High School
also were invited to participate.
Dr. Rosemary Haggett, UT Main Campus provost and
executive vice president for academic affairs, will welcome the
girls to campus at the beginning of the event.
“Involvement in the sciences can lead to so many exciting and
rewarding opportunities and experiences,” said Dr. Haggett, who
has served as an administrator with the National Science
Foundation, dean of Agriculture, Forestry and Consumer Sciences
West Virginia University,
and a biology professor. “I encourage all girls interested in
science, math and technology to pursue those interests and
really enjoy the opportunities those pursuits provide.”
The Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women and Northwest
Chapter of the Association of Women in Science are
the primary sponsors of the Girls in Science Day. A gift from
who spoke on campus last year, helped make the event possible.
Girls in Science Day is an expansion of outreach Charlene
Gilbert, director of the Eberly Center, began when she came
to UT in 2007 and was surprised to learn only 16 percent of
students in the STEMM fields at the University were women.
“The opportunities abound for strong careers in the STEMM fields
and I want to make sure women are not left out,” Gilbert said.
The center created the WISE mentoring program, which stands for
Women in STEMM Excelling, to help support UT’s female students
in those fields. The Girls in Science Day will take it a step
further and reach girls in high school with the WISE students on
hand to interact with the girls.