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Celebrating Women in Science and Mathematics


Making Up for an Expected 33,000 Shortfall in Teachers in the State Starts Now

UCR is encouraging young women to be scientists, engineers and the teachers who inspire those career choices through “Celebrating Women in Mathematics and Science” on May 28.

(May 22, 2008)

Pamela Clute, Assistant Vice Provost Academic Partnerships and Executive Director of the ALPHA Center at UCR is the keynote speaker for

Pamela Clute, Assistant Vice Provost Academic Partnerships and Executive Director of the ALPHA Center at UCR is the keynote speaker for "Celebrating Women in Mathematics and Science" event.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — It’s a simple mathematics problem that doesn’t add up — more teachers are needed for the future. UC Riverside is doing something about it by getting high school girls on the right path to teaching with “Celebrating Women in Mathematics and Science” May 28 at Arlington High School from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.

This annual event combines lectures and panel discussions to illustrate to young women the importance of the fastest growing and best paying career choices that require mathematics and science savvy. These include the areas of engineering, medicine, multimedia communication, computer science, energy and the environment, and teaching. In the teaching profession alone, California is expecting a 33,000 shortfall.

“Our nation’s college population is 57 percent female but less than one-third are majoring in science, technology, engineering or mathematics,” said Pamela Clute, Assistant Vice Provost Academic Partnerships and Executive Director of the ALPHA Center at UCR. “We need more women majoring in these fields and more women choosing to become teachers. Without competent teachers there will be fewer competent students who can become the future scientists and mathematicians.”

UCR has created a partnership with Arlington High School targeting efforts in mathematics and science education. Activities include professional development programs for teachers, enrichment programs for high school students to prepare and motivate them toward college and opportunities for UCR’s undergraduates to explore teaching as a career choice.

Clute, who is the keynote speaker at the event, said exceptional Arlington High School mathematics and science teachers comprise the panel that will provide time for discussions with students. Administrators, school board members and parents will also be attending the event. Riverside Unified School District has a history of commitment to mathematics and science excellence and Arlington High School typifies that commitment.

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"Celebrating Women in Mathematics and Science" event features lectures, panel discussions and activities for area high school students. (photo by Craig Petinak)

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