Girlinks Connects High School and College Females
AMES, Iowa—Iowa State’s Program for Women in Science and Engineering uses technology as a way to connect with high school students.
Girlinks is a free electronic one-on-one mentoring network that introduces girls to the opportunities available in science, math, engineering and technology while still in high school. Students can communicate via email with female undergraduates at Iowa State University majoring in one of those fields.
Girlinks may help alleviate some of the anxiety brought on by applying to college and making the transition to college, according to Carol Heaverlo, outreach coordinator for the women’s science program. “It’s a fun and simple way to find out about life at ISU and college life in general. Get pointers from students who have been there and build a relationship with a real student.”
High school females in grades 9-12 who have some interest in learning about majoring in science, technology, engineering or math in college are encouraged to participate.
The Iowa State program accepts registration from high school students in Iowa throughout the academic year. Go to http://www.pwse.iastate.edu/girlinks/index.html for more information and to register.
Iowa State University Extension also offers ways for elementary and secondary students to connect with science through its Extension to Science, Engineering and Technology (E-SET) program. For more information visit the E-SET Web site or contact a local county office of ISU Extension.
Carol Heaverlo, Program for Women in Science and Engineering, (515) 294-0966, firstname.lastname@example.org
Carol Ouverson , Extension Communications and Marketing, (515) 294-9640, email@example.com