Local high school students to be honored on Sunday, Feb. 26 for STEM education achievement

Girls will be recognized for excelling in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education disciplines. Co-sponsored by the Center for Gender Equity.

Pacific University’s Center for Gender Equity and the Hillsboro/Forest Grove branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will honor seven local high school girls for high achievement in math and sciences at 1 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 26 in Marsh Hall's Taylor Auditorium on the University's Forest Grove campus (2043 College Way, second floor).

The event, free and open to the public, will include a panel of women professionals in the sciences speaking of their training, experiences, opportunities and obstacles for women in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

Two years ago, President Barack Obama announced the launch of several nationwide programs to motivate and inspire students to excel in the STEM disciplines.

Support of STEM students is a key aspect of the public education agenda.  

The following students will receive an award for excellence in the STEM disciplines:

Speakers include Wendi Cooksey, metallurgical engineer and founder of Your World Rocks; Melissa Dubois, research associate in Portland State University's Center for Science Education; Pacific University doctoral student of clinical psychology Ainara Echanove; Melissa Lucash, Portland State research faculty member of forest ecosystems, energy and society; Kris Morrison, a self-employed Web architect and project manager; and Tiare Sanna, nutrition program supervisor for Washington County's Women's, Infants and Children program.

Hillsboro mayor Jerry Willey and city council president Aron Carleson will be among those in attendance.

For more information, contact ramptonm@pacificu.edu

Posted by Joe Lang (jlang@pacificu.edu) on Feb 23, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Edited by Stephanie Haugen (haug7381@pacificu.edu) on May 1, 2012 at 3:58 PM

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