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UW-Eau Claire to host women in mathematics event for high school students

November 21, 2012

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire department of mathematics will host a one-day women in mathematics event for high school students and teachers April 13, 2013, on the UW-Eau Claire campus to celebrate Sonia Kovalevsky High School Mathematics Day.

The event, titled "Math is FIERCE: Fresh, Innovative, Exciting, Research, Creative and Eccentric!" is designed for high school students and teachers to encourage and motivate high school girls to pursue careers and possibilities in mathematical sciences.

The day will consist of hands-on activities, problem-solving workshops, talks, games and prizes. Workshops were created from the suggestions of high school students and teachers to provide a fun and educational experience. The panel discussion, "Math and Science after High School," will consist of women who are in college, are faculty at various institutions and who have careers using mathematics. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions about college courses and majors involving mathematics and careers in STEM, Science Technology Engineering Math.

"One of the goals of the event is to build a network between high school women and women who have careers in math and science that will help them when they transition from high school to college and from high school to careers in math and science," said Dr. Dandrielle Lewis, assistant professor of mathematics. "Forming this network will allow us to continue impacting these and future participants of the event."

Admission to the event is free, but registration is required. Those who register by Dec. 14 will be entered into a special prize drawing. For more information and registration forms, visit the event's website.

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