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Enrollment Under Way for Project Discovery 2005

Tuesday, February 1, 2005

The Office of Diversity Programs in the University of Kansas School of Engineering has set the dates for Project Discovery 2005 in June and July. Project Discovery is an annual weeklong program to interest teen girls in engineering.

"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.”

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

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

Session 2 will be July 10 to July 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. Some financial assistance is available for qualifying students.

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



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