University of Calgary

Cybermentoring

January 22, 2009

MEDIA ADVISORY

Province-wide mentoring program inspires girls to pursue careers in science and engineering

Women are still strongly underrepresented in science and engineering, despite an increasing worldwide demand for highly skilled engineers and scientists. To address this gap, a new platform will be launched tomorrow at the Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary, unveiling a web-based mentoring program that matches girls 11 to 18 years of age with female scientists and engineers.

Cybermentor (cybermentor.ca) is an online community that inspires young girls to consider careers in science and engineering. Studies show that role models and mentors play a crucial role in decisions to pursue science and engineering studies.

Despite a growing need for scientists and engineers, there has been a steady decline in enrollment in science and engineering programs around the world, especially among girls. Alberta is bucking the trend, thanks to intensive efforts to attract more women to those fields.

Doug Horner, Minister of Alberta Advanced Education and Technology, will speak at the event.

WHAT
Launch of the Cybermentor online community

WHEN
Friday, Jan. 23, 2009
11 a.m.—Media availability
11:30 a.m.—Remarks
11:50 a.m.—Speed mentoring and lunch

WHERE
Foyer of C Block, Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary
Printable map: http://schulich.ucalgary.ca/files/schulich/ENGG-map1.pdf

INTERVIEWS
Female mentors and students
Julia Millen, Cybermentor Program Director
Elizabeth Cannon, Dean of the Schulich School of Engineering
Joyce Luethy, Executive Director of the Alberta Women’s Science Network
Doug Horner, Minister of Alberta Advanced Education and Technology

VISUALS
Students from Calgary Girls’ School signing up for Cybermentor

Media contact:
Jennifer Sowa, Media Relations Officer
Schulich School of Engineering
Phone: 403.220.3724
Mobile: 403.993.8679
Email: jsowa@ucalgary.ca

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