The CNS Women in Science Initiative is committed to nurturing the development of girls and women’s engagement with science in communities beyond the university
Starting in the summer of 2013, a group of 35 eighth-grade girls from the greater Holyoke Massachusetts area were selected to participate in a hands-on science-related learning program, Eureka!, through a collaboration between CNS and Girls Inc. of Holyoke. Eureka! is a nationally recognized program designed to engage girls 12-18 to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. The program provides access to college campuses and academic STEM experts who act as program facilitators and coaches, as the girls continue through high school. More than 60 CNS faculty and graduate students volunteered to offer four weeks of STEM classes for Eureka! student scholars. Eureka! is a five-year program, and brings back the previous cohorts to campus to experience additional STEM activities as well as to mentor the incoming cohort.
Read more about the first summer
Martha Baker, CNS Assoc. Dean, mbaker [at] cns [dot] umass [dot] eduJane Markarian, CNS Outreach, jlmarkar [at] cns [dot] umass [dot] edu
Volunteering for Eureka!
To volunteer to participate in the summer program, contact:
professor Christine Hatch, chatch [at] geo [dot] umass [dot] edu
The 2016 summer Eureka! program will run from early July -early August. We expect to offer workshops for 4-6 groups of 10-15 girls. Workshops can be one morning or afternoon (2 hours) session or longer (2-3 morning or afternoon sessions). Possible activities with the Eureka! scholars include introducing your research, taking a field trip, showing your lab, teaching how to become scientists, engineers, or scholars.