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March 29, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU hosts 'Girls Rock at STEM'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -A dozen high school girls from regional schools will visit Slippery Rock University April 2 as participants in "Girls Rock at STEM," - science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The freshmen through junior high school women will spend their day exploring careers in the STEM fields by shadowing SRU faculty who will serve as mentors.

They will join in chemistry, biology, physical therapy, math, physics, computer science and psychology laboratories as part of their day.

SRU's President's Commission on the Status of Women is sponsoring the event.

"The daylong event will include the opportunity to spend time in various laboratories and interact with faculty and students in the sciences. Additionally, there will be sessions with admissions and financial aid staff and those in the Office of Career Education and Development," said Katrina Quinn, associate professor of communication and a co-chair of the commission.

"We undertook the project as a way of helping young women better understand the opportunities that are available in the science fields. In the U.S., there has been a substantial difference in the number of men and women who enter the science fields, including those leading to medical and doctoral degrees, and we wanted to make sure women know there are opportunities they can take advantage of by starting their focus early," Quinn said.

Students participating were selected after submitting answers to two questions: Describe a scientist that has inspired you; and Why I want to participate in "Girls Rock STEM."

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.