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Dr. Annemieke Farenhorst (centre) shares her passion for science with high school students.

Dr. Annemieke Farenhorst (centre) shares her passion for science with high school students.

Young women who love science

October 16, 2015 — 

Young women interested in science and engineering have descended on campus today, October 16, as part of International Day of the Girl activities organized by Manitoba Status of Women.

The University of Manitoba is one of several provincial education institutions participating in a special interactive day for 30 female high school students from around Manitoba. The event encourages girls to discover the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics and raises the profile of women working in these fields.

The day begins at the Manitoba Legislative Building, where top women scientists will share their passion for their fields of research. Featured University of Manitoba researchers include Annemieke Farenhorst (soil science), Nicola Koper (Natural Resources Institute), Kim Ominski (animal science), Felicia Magpantay (mathematics), Zahra Moussavi (electrical and computer engineering), Samar Safi-Harb (physics and astronomy) and Qiuyan Yuan (civil engineering).

The group will then move to the University of Manitoba for tours of the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals, the Hydraulics Research and Testing Facility, the Microbeam Facility and the Human Computer Interaction Lab.

Lunch will include a speed mentoring exercise where the girls will have the opportunity to learn more from researchers and graduate students about their career experiences.

The day concludes with a tour hosted by University of Winnipeg scientists.

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