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Middle school girls prepare for math, science careers (Released: 3/17/98)

by Karen Grava Williams, Office of University Communications.

Storrs, Conn. -- More than 200 middle school girls visited the Storrs campus on March 12 for a one-day conference Multiply Your Options, a program designed to increase their awareness of career opportunities in mathematics, science, and engineering.

Students from 15 schools in Connecticut and one in Vermont attended workshops and panels presented by members of the University’s faculty and staff and representatives from Connecticut companies including Connecticut Light and Power, Hamilton Standard, Connecticut Yankee Atomic Power Co., Digital Equipment, Travelers, General Electric, Colt Manufacturing LEGO, Loctite, Sikorsky, Prudential Securities, and others.

"The purpose of the conference is to make the girls aware of the wide variety of career opportunities in the math and science fields, to provide female role models who are successful in those fields and to stress the importance of taking classes in these areas at the secondary school level," says Theresa Boyd, , co-chair of the conference, and director of the Engineering Diversity Program in UConn’s School of Engineering.