Middle School Girls to Explore Science at MHC

Posted: September 14, 2009

Approximately 100 girls from local middle schools will explore career opportunities in science and research at a morning of workshops on September 18 at Mount Holyoke. The program, “Each One Teach One: Middle School Girls in Math and Science,” will introduce students from Amherst, Holyoke, Springfield, Hadley, and South Hadley to exciting new activities in the fields of science and mathematics. Workshops will include building a solar car, touring of the observatory, DNA experiments, and a lecture on mathematical modeling in the social sciences by Mike Robinson, professor of economics and chair of complex organizations.

The educational program is the creation of Angie Whitmal, academic class dean for sophomores and seniors, and is sponsored by the Office of Academic Deans. Whitmal said the program reflects her belief in the need for girls to be reintroduced to science and math, the power of women to transform the world, and Mount Holyoke’s commitment to service. She received the enthusiastic support of dean of the College Penny Gill and dean of studies Joseph Cohen. “The faculty members at MHC were equally supportive,” Whitmal said. “They've been so generous with their time and resources. Mount Holyoke College is a great community. I believe this will be an excellent educational experience for the middle school girls.”

Gill will open the session and Gladys Moore, dean of religious and spiritual life and director of diversity and inclusion, will offer the girls good energy wishes before they attend the workshops and lecture. Biology professor Rachel D. Fink will address the students after the workshops. The students’ morning will conclude with lunch at Willits-Hallowell Conference Center with student mentors from the math and science departments.

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