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Dartmouth program aims to encourage young women to investigate careers in technology

Posted 01/25/01

The Women in Science Project (WISP) at Dartmouth is developing a new program series entitled "Exploring Computer-Based Technology from the Outside In" with support from the Microsoft Foundation.

In response to nationwide statistics showing that women comprise only 15 to 20 percent of undergraduate computer science majors at leading universities, the series will address perceptions and attitudes about computers, computer technology and cyberculture which might discourage women from entering the field.

All students will be welcome to attend the programs, but the primary focus will be on first and second year women in particular, according to Kathy Weaver, Assistant Director of WISP.

Beginning later this term, students will have the opportunity to participate in job shadowing with employees at various computer-related industries in the Upper Valley.

Dartmouth established WISP in 1990 to address under-representation of women in science, mathematics, and engineering. It's focus is on retaining women in science. The project encompasses a variety of programs providing undergraduate and graduate women with mentors and role models, information on educational and career opportunities in science, academic support, and a community of women engaged in the study of science.

Dartmouth has television (satellite uplink) and radio (ISDN) studios available for domestic and international live and taped interviews. For more information, call 603-646-3661 or see our Radio, Television capability webpage.

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