UofM's Girls Experiencing Engineering Receives Inspiring Programs in STEM Award

August 16, 2018 - A University of Memphis program designed to encourage young women to pursue engineering careers has been recognized by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine as one of 2018's Inspiring Programs in STEM.

Girls Experiencing Engineering (GEE) is a fast-paced, interactive summer program that seeks to infuse young women with confidence, interest and awareness of the wide range of job opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. Through a series of one week, 20-hour intensive sessions, participants engage in a hands-on, real world, project-based curriculum featuring dynamic professional engineers as guest speakers.

"Recruitment, retention and graduation of students in STEM fields is critical to building an American workforce with 21st century skills," said Dr. Stephanie Ivey, associate dean for research in the Herff College of Engineering.

According to INSIGHT into Diversity, "Underrepresented professionals who work in STEM fields enjoy significant opportunities to engage in new discoveries and innovations on a global scale. INSIGHT Into Diversity created the Inspiring Programs in STEM Award to recognize colleges, universities, and organizations for programs that are improving access to STEM fields for students from underrepresented groups."

"GEE would not be possible without our key corporate partners: The Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis, CN, the Carrier Corporation and Smith, Seckman & Reid Inc.," said Ivey. "Thanks to their continued support, we recently celebrated GEE's 15th anniversary. Over the years, we have introduced more than 1,700 girls to STEM and engineering careers."

To learn more about GEE, visit Girls Experiencing Engineering (GEE).


Chuck Gallina | 901.678.1756 l cgallina@memphis.edu