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ORAU sponsors 50 scholarships in upcoming ‘Girls Science and Engineering Day’

Oct. 29, 2010

HUNTSVILLE, Ala.—Oak Ridge Associated Universities is proud to provide 50 scholarships for the Girls Science and Engineering Day, hosted by the Women’s Leadership Council at the University of Alabama in Huntsville on Saturday, Nov. 6.

Now in its second year, the Girls Science and Engineering Day is available to girls in the third through fifth grades and seeks to inspire more girls to embrace science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, education. During the event, girls browse an exhibit area, have a box lunch, then attend 40-minute workshops on a variety of topics from plants and living things, to space and rockets, doctors and nurses, stars and planets, geometry, animals, experiments, and robots.

“An alarming number of students begin to lose interest in math and science during middle school, but for those who actually do pursue STEM-based careers, we find that women are still, for the most part, largely underrepresented,” said ORAU President and CEO Andy Page. “Events such as this one are important for reaching girls at this critical stage and inciting a passion for science and technology. We are pleased to help extend this opportunity to as many young ladies as possible.”

ORAU serves as a national leader in the advancement of science and education. The non-profit corporation has more than 60 years of experience in internship, scholarship and fellowship program administration, but most recently—with the completion of its Center for Science Education—expanded its mission to include a wide range of K-12 student programs and teacher professional development activities.

Based out of Oak Ridge, Tenn., ORAU is also a member of the Oak Ridge-Huntsville Partnership Office, a collaborative effort among five U.S. Department of Energy organizations and the University of Alabama in Huntsville focused on establishing partnerships that leverage leading science and technology to solve the nation’s challenges.

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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