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Press Release 07-108

Back to School: Five Myths about Girls and Science

New resources for parents and teachers can help students be successful in math and science

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A male student and two female students gather by microscope in science lab.

Participants in the InSTEP (Integrated Science Teaching Enhancement Partnership) Program. InSTEP is part of the National Science Foundation's Graduate Fellowships in K-12 Education (GK-12) Program and is designed to foster student interest in science while boosting teacher confidence in integrated science content and inquiry-based instruction.

Credit: InSTEP Program, Florida Institute of Technology


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Female geologist with gear she uses for lake sediment coring.

Elizabeth Thomas, a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow in geology at the State University of New York at Buffalo, has traveled to Baffin Island in the northeast Canadian Arctic for research related to climate change.

Credit: Credit: Doug Levere, University at Buffalo


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Female scientist in lab with geologic samples

Monica Ridgeway, a geology major at the State University of New York at Buffalo, wants to encourage students from underrepresented groups to go into earth science, considered the physical science with the lowest percentage of African-Americans.

Credit: Doug Levere, University at Buffalo


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Photo of two boys, two girls and their teacher in science class

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Girls do science and share their thoughts about why they like it.

Credit: National Science Foundation