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Successful Mentor Program Will Continue in CEAS

September 5, 2018
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The Female Mentor Program in the CEAS forms connections between experienced female engineers and students in the college.

The Female Mentor Program will continue its work in the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS), thanks to a successful debut and positive feedback from those involved.

The program, initiated in 2017 by K-14 Outreach Coordinator Teddi Freedman, formed connections between experienced female engineers and student counterparts. Last year’s program featured five mentors from industry, including Robin Hill, Sherrie Merrow, Christie Roberts, Jera Schlotthauer and Amy Sharpe. The mentees were Eloise Fadial, Damiana Murdock, Reenu Paul, Hannah Vehige and Annaliese Fitzsimmons.

This year’s program has nearly tripled in terms of membership and plans for future years include involving even more mentors and mentees.

The mentees, some of whom are first-generation college students, study several engineering disciplines including petroleum, chemical, mechanical, civil, computer and electrical engineering. Several of the participants are transfer students from Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, along with a transfer student from China, a student from India and another student from Nigeria.

The mentor group includes those involved in civil, environmental, computer and structural engineering, and computer science. There are two UW faculty participants.

“It’s a well-rounded and diverse group about which I am very excited,” Freedman says.

Explore Engineering Outreach Team

The CEAS has announced the students who will serve as Explore Engineering Outreach Members for the 2018-19 academic year. The students participating in the program include Sara Bashir (Cairo, Egypt); Holly Beiko, (Calgary, Canada); Annaliese Fitzsimmons (Greybull, Wyo.); Moriah Miller (Powell, Wyo.); Aisha Mohammed (Kwara State, Nigeria); Chris Rumple (Harrisburg, PA); Connor Desmond (Cheyenne, Wyo.) and Mike Tran of Hanoi, Vietnam.

The individuals will each receive a scholarship of $1,000 and are required to put in 30 hours of outreach per semester and 60 hours over the course of the academic year. The group fulfills many tasks, including visiting classrooms throughout the state; hosting student groups on campus; and helping with competitions and events hosted by UW, including Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science (TEAMS), MathCounts and Engineers Week.

The Explore Engineering Outreach Members reach about 4,000 Wyoming students per year.

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