University of Rhode Island Professor Hosts Chemistry Camp for Girls

The University of Rhode Island (URI), a New England Council member, is hosting a free camp that aims to boost girls’ interest in science. Mindy Levine, a chemistry professor at URI, will be hosting the Chemistry Camp for middle school girls at the URI Multicultural Student Services Center on the Kingston campus during the summer of 2019.

Now in its seventh year,, this year’s camp is full, with 40 students enrolled and a wait list for next year. Levine began the camp in response to statistics showing girls losing interest in science during middle school. At the same time, women earn just over half of all science and engineering bachelor’s degrees but still are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics professions.

Levine explained, “I thought if we could target girls at this crucial age and give them a week of positive pro-girl, pro-science, hands-on excitement, then we really could affect their attitudes in a meaningful way.”

The Council commends URI and Professor Levine for encouraging girls and young women to remain engaged in the sciences and for working to diversify the workforce of tomorrow.

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