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Science Conference Breaks Down Stereotypes, Opens Possibilities

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Posted April 23, 1998
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When asked to describe a scientist, most elementary school children will invariably picture a white man. Policy experts say that stereotype often becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, which, in part, has resulted in a shortage of scientifically literate professionals, especially among women and minorities.

For the fourth consecutive year, Hamilton College will host a weekend conference for sixth grade girls and their teachers and parents. The Girls and Women in Science Conference will take place on Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25. Due to the growing popularity of the event, the program has been expanded to accommodate 40 girls from schools throughout the Mohawk Valley.

The conference encourages the study of science and mathematics by middle-school-age girls by providing hands-on science activities for the girls and informative speakers and workshops for parents and teachers. It is organized and implemented by Hamilton College science faculty and staff and by Hamilton undergraduate women interested in science and math.

The conference is free to girls and their teachers and parents. Funding is provided by a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Kirkland Foundation and the Office of the Dean of Faculty at Hamilton.

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