Initiative shows math, science not just for geeks and nerds
The students at "Engineering for Young Women," a five-day summer academy last week at Marquette University, aren't the stereotypical geeks, plagued by pocket protectors and weak social skills.
They're young women with an interest in math and science - the target audience of a slew of initiatives at engineering schools across the country trying to woo women to the field at a time when their numbers remain scarce.
At a time when colleges face a national push to produce more engineers overall, the figures particularly frustrate female engineering leaders such as Kris Ropella, Marquette's chairwoman of biomedical engineering, who have scaled the academic ladder and focused on helping other women do the same.
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