Dec. 20, 2004

Contact: Jill Hummels, School of Engineering, (785) 864-2934.

Two programs at KU encourage high school girls to explore engineering

LAWRENCE -- The Office of Diversity Programs in the University of Kansas School of Engineering has set the date for two programs to interest teen girls in engineering.

The Society of Women Engineers Weekend of Engineering will be Jan. 21 through 23, 2005, at KU. The weekend is geared toward girls in their junior or senior year and lets them get a feel for KU and the School of Engineering. They will take part in team-building exercises, quick engineering projects and information sessions to learn about careers in engineering and the programs available at KU. The weekend also will include time to discover the magic of KU with a visit to the JayBowl in the Kansas Union and a KU women's basketball game (vs. Missouri).
The cost for the program is $75 and includes meals, materials, activities and off-campus lodging. The size is limited to 35 students on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline to enroll is Jan 14.

Project Discovery also is returning to KU this summer. The weeklong engineering camp for girls entering ninth through 12th grades will offer two separate sessions, one each in June and July. Students will spend time in class and interact with faculty. Part of each day will be spent in laboratories completing hands-on projects. The week will include presentations from engineers in the workplace and trips to area plants such as the Kansas City Harley-Davidson plant. The students also will have time for fun with group activities planned for the evenings. At the end of the session, the students will prepare a presentation about what they've learned for their families and the faculty.

Session 1 will be June 5 through 11 and will focus on aerospace engineering, biomechanical engineering, or electrical engineering and computer science.

Session 2 will be July 10 through 16 and will focus on architectural engineering, chemical and petroleum engineering, or civil and environmental engineering.

The cost for each session is $300 and includes all materials, lab supplies, meals and lodging in a KU residence hall. Each session can enroll as many as 40 girls. Financial assistance is available for qualifying students.

“ We have such great opportunities for young women,” said Florence Boldridge, director of diversity programs. “In these programs the girls can learn in a no-pressure setting what engineering really is and then discover the tremendous future that awaits them as engineers.”

To get more information about either of these programs or get an enrollment packet, please contact Boldridge at (785) 864-3620 or e-mail fboldridge@ku.edu.

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