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K-State Today

October 15, 2018

K-State receives 2018 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award

Submitted by Bryan Samuel

The Kansas State Office for the Advancement of Women in Science and Engineering, or KAWSE, program has received the 2018 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

The KAWSE office creates and facilitates more than 40 events designed to enrich the lives of women in male-dominated science, technology, engineering, and math, or STEM, fields. Programming focuses on networking, professional development, raising awareness of gender inequality/inequity issues with an eye toward similarities and differences across race/ethnicity and class backgrounds, and highlighting the achievements of KSU faculty and staff. KAWSE has programs for middle school students — such as Girls Researching Our World, or GROW; high school students, such as EXploring sCIence, Technology and Engineering, or EXCITE; undergraduate and graduate students, such as SUCCEED; and postdoctoral researchers and faculty, such as ADVANCE.

"We know that many STEM programs are not always recognized for their success, dedication and mentorship for underrepresented students," said Lenore Pearlstein, owner and publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. "We want to honor the schools and organizations that have created programs that inspire and encourage young people who may currently be in or are interested in a future career in STEM. We are proud to honor these programs as role models to other institutions of higher education and beyond."

The KAWSE program is staffed by Chardie Baird, executive director; Sara Heiman, program coordinator; and Tawny Ochs, administrative assistant.

Please join me in extending a K-State congratulations and gesture of Purple Pride to the KAWSE team.

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