The Women in Science and Engineering program hosted 25 tenth grade women from the Math Science Technology Preparatory School (Buffalo Public School 197) for a Shadow Day. The event was spearheaded by junior Elizabeth Quaye, Co-Chair of the WiSE Outreach Committee and a Pharmacology and Toxicology major. When asked what motivated her to coordinate the Shadow Day, Quaye shared: “I wanted to give back to women who look like me and have similar interests. This is something I wish I would have had the opportunity to do when I was in a high school.”
This is the second time UB students from the WiSE Outreach Committee have coordinated a Shadow Day this fall. The Nov. 29 events included a welcome reception for the high school students, a tour of multiple Engineering labs led by SEAS Dean Liesl Folks, lunch and a panel with current UB students. Each Math Science Technology Preparatory School student was also matched and attended a class with a UB student majoring in a field in which she has expressed interest. The goal of the event was to help the young women, who are all participants in the NYGEAR UP program, envision what their life could be like if they choose to pursue a STEM discipline at UB.
I wanted to give back to women who look like me and have similar interests. This is something I wish I would have had the opportunity to do when I was in a high school.
– Elizabeth Quaye
WiSE is a collaboration between the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. This special initiative provides support and extra-curricular opportunities to female students in the STEM fields with the goal of increasing the recruitment, retention and success of women in the sciences, math and engineering.