Women in Math & Science | Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Last month, Pavitra Roychoudhury (another BCB grad student) and I traveled north to beautiful Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, to volunteer in the University of Idaho’s Women in Math & Science event. This is an annual outreach event that brings in around 150 10th grade girls from surrounding areas (over the course of two days) who excel in math and science. The girls do several hands-on experiments throughout the day and interact directly with female scientists at at various career levels. Pavitra and I talked about science and being scientists, and we also helped them gather and interpret water quality data from samples taken from the nearby harbor. It was really great interacting with the girls, and I hope the event helped encourage more of them to consider careers in science.

Article from UI: Girls Offer Fresh Perspectives on Persistent Challenges

More photos here: Women in Math & Science Coeur d’Alene 2012

making a funny science face as I explain interesting things about Lactobacillus iners
Pavitra explaining how she mathematically models viral evolution

photo credit: uidahophotos on flickr

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