July 5, 2001
What: The FEMME program (Women in Engineering and Technology Intitiative) is a four-week summer program offering 120 girls -- fourth to eighth graders -- a chance to overcome the gender gap in math, science, and technological skills.
When: Monday, July 9, through August 3. Classes meet Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) campus, Kupfrian Hall or Tiernan Hall, University Heights, Newark, N.J.
Why: FEMME is designed to counter the premise that boys are better in math and science than girls, who are underrepresented in engineering. Studies show that girls have a keen interest in biology and medicine; so this summer's eighth grade class will concentrate in biomedical engineering.
How: Arrive for photos and interviews between July 9 and August 3. Students and teachers, as well as FEMME coordinator Nicole Koppel will be available for interviews.
Editor's Note: The girl's attending FEMME live in the following towns or cities: Newark, East Orange, Elizabeth; Irvington, Hillside, Montclair, Bloomfield, West Orange, South Orange, Maplewood. Union City, Union, Weehawken, Guttenberg, Teaneck, Temple Hills, Piscataway, Rahway, Somerset, Plainfield and Beverly.
NJIT is a public research university enrolling over 8,200 bachelor's, master's and doctoral students in 80 degree programs through its five colleges: Newark College of Engineering, New Jersey School of Architecture, College of Science and Liberal Arts, the School of Management and the Albert Dorman Honors College. Research initiatives include manufacturing, microelectronics, multimedia, transportation, computer science, solar astrophysics, environmental engineering and science, and architecture and building science. According to Yahoo! Internet Life magazine rankings, NJIT has been America's most wired public university for three consecutive years.