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Engineering Information Foundation supports CU-WIN math program for Lowcountry girls

July 31, 2018

Supported by a $15,000 grant from the Engineering Information Foundation, based in New York, NY, Clemson hosted the CU Women in Numbers (CU-WIN) summer camp for middle school girls in Charleston, SC this month. The two-week camp introduced participants to mathematical theories, applications, and role models in order to inspire greater persistence among women in the STEM pipeline.

Clemson’s Programs for Education Enrichment and Retention (PEER) and Women in Science and Engineering (WISE), led by Director Serita Acker, hosted the camp at the Clemson University Restoration Institute (CURI). Cummins, a leading power generation product company, helped provide funding and volunteers through their STEM and Women’s affiliates groups to support the camp.

The camp’s content and programming was designed and led by Clemson graduate students Maya Rucks and Rhoda Latimer. Participants enjoyed opportunities to engage as “digital pen pals” with a girls’ school in Ghana, sharing about their experiences with academics and future aspirations via video messages. The students also toured local Cummins and Boeing plants to see STEM in action.

Female industry representatives from Cummins and Boeing served as role models to the girls throughout the camp, helping them learn about their experiences working in a STEM field and the paths they took to achieve their career success.