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TEXAS TECH SCIENCE PROGRAM RECEIVES HONDA GRANT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: February 25, 2005
CONTACT: Scott Slemmons, scott.slemmons@ttu.edu

TEXAS TECH SCIENCE PROGRAM RECEIVES HONDA GRANT

LUBBOCK – Texas Tech University’s Science: It’s a Girl Thing program is the recipient of a two-year grant from the American Honda Foundation.

Kelly Wisecup, program coordinator for the Institute for the Enrichment and Development of Advanced Learners (IDEAL), which administers the program, said Science: It’s a Girl Thing is an annual summer camp designed to encourage girls to pursue education and careers in the sciences.

“Our program addresses the shortage and need for women scientists and introduces under-served girls to a university experience,” said Wisecup. “We work to provide girls with strong role models, spark their interest in the pursuit of scientific study, familiarize girls with scientific lab protocol and provide information to help them focus on an academic or scientific career.”

Wisecup said IDEAL will use the grant to provide scholarships for campers and to develop a new program called the Curiosity Corps that will allow former campers to explore the university experience.

“The Curiosity Corps will be the mentoring and development arm of Science: It’s a Girl Thing,” said Wisecup. “Girls who participate will work closely with their graduate student mentors as they help teach classes for fifth- and sixth-grade campers. They will become protigies who also mentor younger campers. They’ll be able to share their past experiences as campers and learn more about higher education at the same time.”

Science: It’s a Girl Thing is co-sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Texas Tech Women’s Studies program and has broad-based support from colleges, departments and student groups at Texas Tech University.

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SOURCE: Kelly Wisecup, program director, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-2420, kelly.wisecup@ttu.edu.


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