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NWP-Funded Intersections Project Introduces Girls of Color to Science

Publication: ASU News
Date: May 18, 2015

Summary: Girls Writing Science, a program of the Central Arizona Writing Project that is funded by an NWP/NSF Intersections grant, aims to improve participants' science writing and encourages them to consider professions in a science-related field.


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Directed by ASU English faculty members Jessica Early and Christina Saidy, the Girls Writing Science project hosts ethnically and linguistically diverse girls in grades 9-12 to examine the roles of women in the sciences, provide female role models and improve the students' science writing.

Each participant at the workshop, held at ASU Preparatory Academy in Phoenix, interviewed a female scientist from ASU or the community and wrote a story.

'There's research that shows women stay away from the sciences because they don't know any women in the sciences or have any role models,' said Saidy, who along with Eary is co-director of the Central Arizona Writing Project.

'Our goal is to encourage these young women to start thinking, `I can do this.'"

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