JSU Hosts High Schoolers for STEM Programs

JACKSON - The Jackson State College of Science, Engineering, and Technology (CSET) recently hosted 15 female and male students for their Girls STEM Academy and the Louis Stokes Mississippi Alliances for Minority Participation (LSMAMP) program.

The students in the programs were either high school sophomores or seniors. They came from the Jackson area and from around the country.

“This year, the students got a chance to get out and have fun learning science, chemistry, math, biology, physics, computer science, engineering and coding,” said Director of Student Support Services in CSET Dr. Martha Tchounwou. “I’m so proud of all they’ve accomplished.”

According to the National Girls Collaborative Project, women make up just 28 percent of the STEM workforce, while 9 percent of the STEM workforce is comprised of black people.

“We have a minority shortage," said Martha Tcounwou, a parent of one of the students. "The more girls that we have in science will mean the future will reflect everybody. We’re excited we’re able to introduce them to STEM.”

Both programs are funded by the National Science Foundation and receive support from Nissan and JSU.

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