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WOW Event to Discuss Opportunities for Women
in Science, Technology and Engineering

RELEASED: Feb. 20, 2007

EAU CLAIRE — A presentation and discussion on "Opportunities for Wisconsin Women in Science, Technology and Engineering — An Outreach Project" will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, in the Hibbard Hall Penthouse.

Marc Goulet, UW-Eau Claire professor of mathematics, will discuss a project aimed at increasing the enrollment of female students in Wisconsin in science, technology and upper level mathematics courses at the secondary and college levels.

"We'll be discussing the changes we can make in our schools, homes and communities so that more young women consider careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics," Goulet said.

The Wisconsin Opportunities for Women project is focused on reaching out to high school counselors and teachers to inform them about opportunities and programs in science, technology and engineering available to young women.

Many teachers and counselors are unaware of the many science and engineering programs in Wisconsin geared towards girls and young women, Goulet said. The project's main goal is to increase communication between the university system, local agencies and local school districts in order to increase the number of women in these fields.

Wisconsin Opportunities for Women is funded by a National Science Foundation Gender in Science and Engineering Grant. Goulet collaborates on this project with Heidi Fencl, professor of physics at UW-Green Bay, and Susie Sandrin, director of the UW System Women and Science Program at UW-Oshkosh. With the grant funds, this team is creating an inspirational and educational video for girls and also will put on a three-day conference for teachers. For more information on the conference, visit their Web site.

Goulet's presentation is being co-sponsored by UW-Eau Claire Women in Higher Education and the local branch of the American Association of University Women. WHE hosts the Women on Wednesdays program, a series of discussions and presentations about issues that impact women at UW-Eau Claire. AAUW works to encourage girls to pursue a variety of careers by offering scholarships and career workshops.

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