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Discovering the Scientist Within

Posted February 16th, 2011 by staff

Close to 100 middle school girls and their parents were at OSU on Saturday for the annual “Discovering the Scientist Within” program put on by a collaborative group across campus and the community.  The event is designed to foster teenage girls interest in science and engineering in addition to connecting with parents about ways to continue encouraging their daughters in these fields.

Cathy Law, director of Saturday Academy and a member of the planning team, said “The mentorship of the undergraduate women from the science sorority was incredibly valuable.  The middle school students really connected with them.  For me, the real highlight of the day was looking out at Milam Auditorium and seeing the number of people interested in spreading interest in science and engineering among females.”

OSU’s Daily Barometer also picked up the story and interviewed participants at the end of the day.  “… Fifth grader Emily Anderson said she became more interested in science because of the event. ‘I think it’s cool because some things you think are simple turn out to have a bigger background than you think they would,’ Anderson said. ‘I want to be a vet when I grow up so science is pretty important to me, so learning more about it would get me more ready for it.’”

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