University of Providence (UP) is committed to supporting and growing students in STEM fields. Recently, UP students and faculty had the opportunity to participate in Great Falls Public Schools’ second annual STEM-centered career day to show what real life looks like for women in STEM.
Faculty from the university’s Biology and Forensic Science departments, accompanied by students from the Exercise Science department, demonstrated their day-to-day activities as women in STEM careers. They also shared with the student their stories of success and hands-on activities.
Mykal Gernaat, instructor in Forensic Science, shared how the experience was beneficial for both the presenters and the attendees. “We were all honored to be asked to be a part of this special day. It is so important that these young girls can see themselves represented in the STEM fields that they are interested in. They are much more likely to pursue an education and career knowing that it is attainable,” she said.
About 400 eighth graders from two local middle schools attended the career day. University of Providence was proud to stand with other members of the Great Falls Community to support young women, many of whom were inspired to explore pursuing STEM careers in the future.
University of Providence is a private, Roman Catholic liberal-arts university in Great Falls, MT and a ministry of Providence. In addition to their Liberal Arts programs, they have a School of Health Professions that focuses on preparing students to be leaders in health care. A full listing of UP’s programs can be found on their website.
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