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The Career Cornerstone Center provides this page to support girls and women who are interested in exploring career paths in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, computing, and healthcare. Here you'll find ideas for networking, exploring STEM via summer projects, scouting, and teacher resources.

Precollege Programs
Many universities have special programs for girls at the high school level, including the following:

- Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Women Technology Program is a four-week summer academic and residential experience where female high school students explore engineering through hands-on classes, labs, and team-based projects in the summer after their junior year.
- KU Society of Women Engineers Weekend of Engineering is an opportunity for high school women to experience  engineering activities and information sessions and take place in October and February.

Girl Scout Programs
Girl Scouts introduces girls of every age to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities that are relevant to everyday life. Whether they're discovering how a car's engine runs, becoming math whizzes, or learning about careers in STEM fields, girls are moving forward into the future. They can host science fairs, design websites, plan for space exploration, visit geological sites, and more.  One of their latest programs is "Lighten Up!" which is a guide shows girls how optics concepts relate to current research and why optics is so important in everyday life.

Mentoring Opportunities
Some universities and companies have established mentoring programs to link students with professionals.  An example is the University of Notre Dame's Minority Engineering Program, which offers E-mentoring support to students.

Summer Programs
Summer programs are great opportunities for students to explore different career fields.  There are also several focused specifically for precollege girls interested in engineering, including the following:

- Engineer Girl
- Georgia Institute of Technology TEC Camp (Technology, Engineering & Computing) for Middle School Girls
- Kansas State University - Girls Researching Our World

- University of Kansas Project Discovery
- Summer Days Math and Science Camp for Girls
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Girls' Adventures in Mathematics, Engineering, and Science

- University of Nebraska-Lincoln - All Girls All Math Camp
- Girls Exploring Math Camp (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University)

Scholarship Opportunities
Many universities have scholarship programs specifically for high achieving high school girls.  Be sure to check with universities you are considering about what services, programs, materials, scholarships, and events they sponsor.  Some professional societies also offer or help coordinate scholarship programs for women, such as the Society of Women Engineers. Some companies also offer scholarship programs for women, such as the Talbots Women's Scholarship Fund.  Other scholarships can be searched on the College Board website.

Professional Association Support
Several special focus professional associations have developed to help serve the needs of our diverse workforce.  Many of these groups also have student chapters, which can help form valuable networking opportunities at an early age.  For example, the Society of Women Engineers offer a precollege site with resources for precollege girls.  

The following is a sampling of organizations that support women; a full list is available on the Cornerstone association page:

American Association of University Women

Assessing Women in Engineering

Association for Women in Community Colleges

Association for Women in Computing

Association for Women Geoscientists

Association for Women in Mathematics

Association for Women in Science

American Physical Society - Committee on the Status of Women in Physics

Commission on Professionals in Science and Technology

Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research

Engineer Girl

European Commission's Women and Science

Gender Science Technology Gateway

Girl Scouts of the United States of America

Hypatia Institute

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' Women in Engineering Committee

Institute for Women and Technology

Institute for Women in Trades, Technology, and Science

International Network of Women and Sustainable Energy

MomMD (Online Community and Association for Women in Medicine)

Society for Women's Health Research

Society of Japanese Women Scientists

Society of Women Engineers

WEPAN (Women in Engineering Program Advocates Network)

WISE (The National Research Council's Women in Science and Engineering group)

WITI (Women in Technology International)

Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering

Women in Biology Internet Launch Page

Women in Endocrinology

Women in Engineering Organization

Women in Neuroscience

Teacher Resources
There are other publications and resources that are also specifically designed to encourage girls and support women, including

  • Girls In Engineering - PDF book which makes recommendations on how science and engineering should be taught so as to increase the number of women and minorities in the scientific and engineering workforce.

University Resources
Many universities offer special programs to support both precollege girls and university women who are interested in science, engineering, technology, and medicine.  For example, the Women in Science and Engineering program at the University of Michigan was established to provide support to girls and women, as was the Women in Engineering Program at Purdue University.  Check with your local university to find out what resources they may offer, including special events, summer programs, Saturday workshops, and other resources for girls and women.





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