Women in Math Inspire High School Students

CSM Workshop Encourages Females in Math Careers

As part of the College of Southern Maryland’s annual “Women in Math” workshops, high school students from Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties got some hands-on insight into math and science fields by females who have excelled in their areas of expertise. This year’s mentors included women who shared their formulas for success in pharmacy, cryptography, architecture, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering and computer science.

The day inspired Thomas Stone High School senior Caitlin Floyd to reconsider her career path. Floyd said she had always had an underlying interest in cryptography and after attending the session on this and listening to the presenters, she is now rewriting her college applications to major in math and hopes to pursue with greater interest cryptography.

Presenters and their expertise included Keynote Speaker Dr. Tara Brown, assistant professor in the minority and urban education unit at the University of Maryland, College Park; Cristina Campbell, an industrial hygienist with Maryland Occupational Safety and Health, on industrial science; CSM Associate Professor Renee Jenkins on computer science; Dr. Alissa Johnson on cryptography; Diane Kaufman Fredette, an architect in Manhattan and a professor with Pratt Institute, on architecture; Dr. Chris Michienzi, program manager for gun propellant development for the Navy, on chemical engineering; CSM Assistant Professor Daphne Powell on computer science; Amber Rust on general mathematics; Mary Sherlock, senior engineer at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head on mechanical engineering; and Dr. Ellen Wilson from CSM on pharmacy.

For information on the program, contact Sandra Poinsett, 301-934-7808, 301-870-2309, 240-725-5499 or 443-550-6199, Ext. 7808, SandraP@csmd.edu, or visit http://www.csmd.edu/women&math/.

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