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Wanted: More Women in Science, Technology, and Mathematics

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Pittsburgh – The number of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics is growing, yet men continue to significantly outnumber women.

Among first-year college students, women are much less likely than men to say that they intend to major in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM), according to the American Association of University Women.

RMU addresses this problem by hosting the sixth annual “Expanding Your Horizons: A STEM Conference.” The event takes place this year from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at RMU’s Moon Township campus.

The conference is for girls in grades 7-11, who will choose from among 12 to 15 STEM-related workshops. The workshops will be led by RMU faculty as well as representatives of organizations including the Carnegie Science Center and the Pittsburgh Zoo. (See schedule of workshops.)

“They will be able to take away from the conference interactions with their peers and with the faculty in the disciplines. They will learn how females in the male-dominated fields could be successful, be engaged, and be aggressive,” said Maria Kalevitch, dean of the RMU School of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science.

The school organizes the conference, which is supported by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and Southwestern Pennsylvania Engineering Outreach. Parents or students who want to learn more about the conference should contact Sarah Kerin at 412-397-6331.

Robert Morris University, founded in 1921, is a private, four-year institution with an enrollment of approximately 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university offers 60 undergraduate and 20 graduate programs. An estimated 22,000 alumni live and work in western Pennsylvania.