More than 150 girls expected at first UofL STEM+H event

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – To demonstrate the kinds of careers available to women in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics and health (STEM+H) fields, the University of Louisville is hosting its first Girls Rule STEM+H Summit event April 6.

    More than 150 girls and young women ages 8-18 are registered to attend the 9 a.m.-2 p.m. event at the Belknap Academic Building. While the 3rd to 12th-grade students participate in hands-on workshops and activities, accompanying adults will be offered information sessions on how to prepare for higher education and careers in STEM+H.

    Among the workshops, all taught by UofL students and faculty, will be robotics, medicine and genetics.

    While UofL has hosted STEM introductory events for girls in past years, 2019 marks the first year health education and careers will be included. The event is co-sponsored by the J.B. Speed School of Engineering, the School of Medicine and the UofL Army ROTC program.

    “We are delighted to once again open our doors and show girls and women the variety of careers in these exciting areas,” said Emmanuel G. Collins, dean of the Speed School. “These careers of the future need more women and under-represented minorities and we hope to inspire by example.”

    A short informational video can be found here.

    For further information, contact Kari Donahue, 502-852-6279, kari.donahue@louisville.edu.

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    Editors: Photo attached shows UofL student helping young attendee of the E-Expo 2018 at the J.B. Speed School of Engineering. Credit: University of Louisville, Tom Fougerousse

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    Janet Cappiello covers the College of Business, the J.B. Speed School of Engineering, the College of Education and Human Development, the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies, Sustainability Council and military initiatives for the Office of Communications and Marketing. She has more than 30 years’ experience in journalism, including working for The Associated Press and magazines such as Vegetarian Times and Sustainability: The Journal of Record. She has been at UofL since March 2014.