U of I Women in Math and Science Event Celebrates its 10th Anniversary
September 25, 2018
COEUR d’ALENE, Idaho — Sept. 25, 2018 — The University of Idaho and North Idaho College will welcome hundreds of young women from high schools across North Idaho for the 10th anniversary of the hands-on educational event Women in Math and Science, Oct. 2-3 in Coeur d’Alene.
The program, organized by the U of I College of Science, invites teachers from 12 North Idaho school districts to bring sophomores with a special interest in science or math for a full day of experiments and networking at U of I Coeur d’Alene and North Idaho College. Nearly 1,500 students have participated since the program’s inception.
By engaging young women at this stage of their education, U of I and NIC leaders aim to encourage students to pursue more math and science courses and careers in STEM-related fields. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, women make up nearly half of the workforce in the U.S. but account for less than 25 percent of professionals in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
“In order to solve large societal problems, we need to harness all of the available talent in our country, including women and individuals from other underrepresented groups in science,” said Ginger Carney, dean of the U of I College of Science. “Each of us has a unique background and perspective to bring to the table. If we fail to include 50 percent of the population due to social constructs that decrease access to STEM careers, we are setting ourselves up for failure.”
Women in Math and Science activities are led entirely by women and include chemistry experiments, water analysis and conversations with professional women whose careers rely heavily on math and science. By engaging with local leaders and higher education institutions, Carney said, young women can see the opportunities available first-hand.
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