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GCU’s GIST Draws Science-Minded Young Women

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For one week in July, female students from the Lakewood School District came to the GCU campus to have fun with science as part of the grant-funded Girls Involved in Science & Technology (GIST) program. (See Flickr photos here.)

About 45 female students in Grades 7-12 participated in the GIST program, with hands-on learning activities focused on chemistry, biology, botany, forensics, physics, mathematics, and statistical data analysis. The students analyzed food dyes in Gatorade, studied the speed of sound with flutes, examined the anatomy of bones, and investigated the fat content of snacks. The high school students also participated in a college preparation session.

Led by GIST Program Director Sarita Nemani, Ph.D., chair of GCU’s Department of Mathematics, GCU faculty created the GIST program in 2004 to inspire young women attending middle school and high school to study science, math, and technology and encourage them to pursue these fields in college.

The GIST 2015 Program was funded by a $15,000 grant from the TD Charitable Foundation and a $3,500 mini-grant from the Provident Bank Foundation.

For more information about GIST, contact Michelle Giles, advancement communications and grants specialist, at 732-987-2276.

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Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is Central and South Jersey’s only Catholic university. GCU is a comprehensive, coeducational university with a strong liberal arts core and a historic special concern for women. As a forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, GCU is known for expanding possibility for more than 2,100 students of all faiths and backgrounds in 35+ undergraduate majors and 10+ graduate programs. The GCU Lions compete in 15 NCAA Division II sports in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). In 2020, GCU was named a Best Value College by and a Best Bang for the Buck (Northeast) by Washington Monthly. High student retention and graduation rates also make GCU a Top Performer on Social Mobility on U.S. News & World Reports rankings. The main campus is located in Lakewood, New Jersey, on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court, which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, also serves students at other locations, such as GCU at BrookdaleGCU at Rowan College of South Jersey–Cumberland Campus, and through multiple online certificate and degree programs.