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News release prepared by: Mary Rankin, 785-532-6715, mrankin@k-state.edu

Monday, April 11, 2011

SHADOW DAY AT K-STATE TO SPARK YOUNG WOMEN'S INTEREST IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING

MANHATTAN -- High school girls ready to explore their interest in science, technology, engineering or mathematics can start their journey Thursday, April 21, at Kansas State University.

At K-State's Shadow Day, girls in grades 10-12 across Kansas will pair up with K-State female science, technology, engineering or mathematics students to attend class, tour campus, eat lunch at the K-State Student Union, participate in the workshop "Choosing a College Major that Is Right for YOU" and experience life as a college student for the day.

Shadow Day is hosted by EXCITE!, EXploring sCIence, Technology and Engineering. The program is designed to excite young women about pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering or mathematics fields. EXCITE! is sponsored by the women in engineering and science program at K-State.

Registration is now open for this event. Girls can sign up to come on their own or with a group from their school. For registration information, go to http://www.k-state.edu/excite/upcoming_events.htm or call the women in engineering and science program office at 785-532-3395. Cost for the event is $20 and includes lunch.

More information is available from Carol Regehr, interim outreach coordinator for the women in engineering and science program, at 785-532-6152 or cregehr@k-state.edu.