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Clemson Students Help Middle School Girls Find the Right Path

posted Oct 19, 2016, 1:03 PM by Lee Stephens   [ updated Oct 19, 2016, 1:03 PM ]
“Older and wiser voices can help you find the right path, if you are only willing to listen.” So said the talented songwriter Jimmy Buffet. This sage wisdom was put into practice recently at Seneca Middle School when a handful of accomplished female Clemson University upperclassmen, who are pursuing degrees and careers in the sciences, met with the school’s Women in Charge (WIC) group. These poised, academically talented and passionate young ladies met with the middle school students in relaxed question and answer groups to inform them about their educational experiences, post-graduate plans and the paths they took to find their place in fields usually dominated by men. Their informative interactions continued after the Q&A sessions with a relaxed and pleasant al fresco luncheon in one of the school’s courtyards.

The Clemson students who participated were Emily McMacken, a Genetics and Biochemistry major who plans to become a secondary science teacher, Lauren Pruett, a Bioengineering major with plans to pursue research after obtaining a Ph.D., Sarah Jenkins, a Genetics and Biochemistry major who wishes to attend medical school and Kathleen Nicholson, a Genetics major planning to have a career in Veterinary Medicine/Research. WIC is a group designed to sustain middle school girls’ interest in math and science and reverse the trend of weakening participation among girls in these subjects in their teen years and beyond. They are sponsored by seventh grade teachers Delaine Childress and Deborah Belflower.