National Girls Collaborative Project
NGCP E-Newsletter
May 2007

in this issue
  • NGCP Updates
  • Regional Collaborative News
  • Upcoming Events
  • Resources

  • NGCP Updates

    NGCP PRESENTATIONS: Karen Peterson (NGCP) and Christi Corbett (AAUW) presented the National Girls Collaborative Project at the National Alliance for Partnerships (NAPE) in Equity 28th Annual Professional Development Institute - "Collaborations: Creating Success for Special Populations" held in Washington DC on April 17, 2007. The Institute is an opportunity for Equity, Nontraditional, State, local special population, and Title IX coordinators, as well as, CTE researchers, Community-based organization staff, and others to learn and network. It was a great opportunity to talk with state representatives to identify areas that could benefit from the resources available via the NGCP programs.

    REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR NEW NGCP REGIONAL COLLABORATIVES: The NGCP is continuing to expand it's reach across the United States and Puerto Rico. We are now accepting proposals from organizations that are interested in hosting collaborative activities. The ideal lead organization for a collaborative is one that is already engaged in work relating to girls in STEM and can fit the collaborative activities into existing job roles and organizational events. The American Association of University Women (AAUW) regions are used to organize support for collaboratives. Each of these regions supports multiple collaboratives by providing an AAUW liaison to work directly with collaborative leadership teams. For more information about becoming a local collaborative site, contact Karen Peterson, For more information about the work AAUW is doing with NGCP,

    Regional Collaborative News

    CalGirls Collaborative Project Celebrates National DNA Day:
    The University of California, Davis Edward Teller Education Center (ETEC) and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) partnered with Tracy High School Science Academy, an after school enrichment program, and the Tracy Unified School District to conduct National DNA Day activities for nearly 700 fifth grade students at nine elementary schools in Tracy on Wednesday, April 25, 2007. National DNA Day commemorates the completion of the Human Genome Project in April 2003 and the discovery of DNA's double helix in 1953.

    Upcoming Events

    The SouthCentral Girls Collaborative (SCGC) is holding an Annual Conference at the University of Texas at Austin. Come celebrate the accomplishments of the girls and organizations who have taken part in the SCGCP over the last two years.
    May 30, 2007, Austin, TX

    American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference & Exposition - Riding the Wave to Excellence in Engineering Education
    June 24-27, 2007, Honolulu, HI

    American Association of University Women (AAUW) National Convention: Expanding a Legacy of Leadership
    June 29-July 2, 2007, Phoenix, AZ
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    Association for Gender Equity in Leadership (AGELE) National Conference- Moving Research to Practice: Gender Equity in a Diverse Society
    July 8-11, 2007, San Diego, CA


    NGCP Program Directory- Register your Program Today!
    The online Program Directory lists organizations and programs that focus on motivating girls to pursue STEM careers. The purpose of the directory is to help organizations and individuals network, share resources and collaborate on STEM-related projects for girls. When you sign up for the Program Directory you will enter your program description, resources available within your organization, program and/or organizational needs and contact information.

    Computer Science Takes Steps to Bring Women to the Fold: Even as enrollment numbers for undergraduate women approach or exceed parity in mathematics, biology and other fields, there is one area in which their presence relative to men is static or even shrinking: computer science. This New York Times article provides current statistics and information about work that is being done to increase these enrollments. 04/17/science/17comp.html? ex=1177473600&en=b

    EngineerGirl Essay Contest: Engineering's Grand Challenges has an essay contest for students in grades 6-12 with cash prizes. Entry deadline is May 15, 2007. Joint NSF-funded project of the Wellesley Centers for Women and Campbell- Kibler Associates Inc.

    Finding the Numbers: Find current STEM statistics on gender and race/ethnicity
    Words Matter: Some things to keep in mind to make different audiences more receptive to your presentations on or writing about girls, women, and the sciences

    The Gender Chip Project: Offers both a documentary and companion materials designed to assist teachers, parents and mentors who are encouraging girls to the pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

    Media Action Board: You are encouraged to post negative and positive stories about gender and the media with places to go to take action. A recent positive post - Geena Davis is receiving a Hollywood Heroes award from USA Today because of her efforts to reduce media stereotypes of young girls. A recent negative post was about girl and boy Happy Meals at MacDonald's.

    National Science Foundation Releases Statistics on Women, Minorities and Persons with Disabilities: The latest NSF report focuses on education and employment statistics for these groups. A complete update of the report is issued by NSF every two years. NSF obtains the data from many sources, including NSF surveys, other federal agencies and non-federal organizations.
    http://www.nsf .gov/news/news_summ.jsp? cntn_id=108454&org=olpa&from=new

    Women and Mathematics Education (WME): WME's general purpose is to promote the mathematics education of girls and women.

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    American Association of University Women (AAUW) members across the country are serving as Regional Liaisons for the National Girls Collaborative Project. These Regional Liaisons help the people involved in the NGCP to make connections - to one another, to resources on gender equity, and to AAUW.

    National Girls Collaborative logo

    The goal of the National Girls Collaborative Project is to maximize access to shared resources within projects and with public and private sector organizations and institutions interested in expanding girls' participation in STEM.

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