Verizon Foundation Tries To Encourage More Women In Engineering / Tech With a $60,000 Grant

According to the National Science Foundation, only 11.5 percent of all engineers in the U.S. are women, and business leaders say it is critical that more young women consider a career in engineering to help bridge the gap and foster growth and innovation in engineering and technology.

Today, the Verizon Foundation took 1 step closer to bridging the gap with its announcement of a grant to enable Tufts University’s Center for Engineering and Education Outreach to help attract more girls to the field of engineering and technology.According to a report on the university’s website, the foundation has provided a $60,000 grant to support a program that will provide 4th and 5th-grade teachers and students in the Boston , Medford and Somerville public schools with more training and tools for teaching science , technology , engineering and math (STEM).

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(L to R) Elsa Head, Jeannie Diefenderfer, Merredith Portsmore, Chris Rogers

Verizon Tufts Grant Program Details

During the program, 10 teachers will be selected to attend an engineering workshop at Tufts, in the fall, each of their classrooms will have two undergraduate students working as mentors, and over the summer Tufts will provide 20-40 scholarships that will send students from those classrooms to a Tufts engineering summer camp for girls.

” Students ‘ attitudes toward math and science , and their images of scientists and engineers , are factors that determine persistence in STEM fields , ” said Chris B. Rogers, director of the Tufts University Center for Engineering and Education Outreach.

” At Verizon , we believe strongly in providing students with the tools to succeed in higher education and future careers , ” said Jeannie Diefenderfer, senior vice president of customer care and operations for Verizon and member of Tufts University’s Board of Trustees.

The Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon , uses its technology , financial resources and partnerships to address critical social issues , with a focus on education and domestic violence prevention

[Photo Credit: Everett Wallace for Tufts University ]

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