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July 26, 2007

Two Local Teens Complete Science Program
with Scholarship Support

Get a glimpse into one Summer Science and Engineering Program course.

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – A pair of local teenagers are among the high school girls who will soon complete the month-long Summer Science and Engineering Program (SSEP) at Smith College.

With the support of scholarships from OSRAM Sylvania, Monique Nieves of Springfield and Chante Garcia Salgado of Holyoke will conclude the program Saturday, July 28, when they offer oral presentations of their academic work at a ceremony from 9 to 11:30 a.m., in Weinstein Auditorium.

Since the program began in 1990, nearly 1,300 high school girls from around the world have participated – 107 this year alone. This is the second year that OSRAM Sylvania has provided scholarships, which were essential to the participation of both recipients.

Nieves, who will soon begin her senior year at Putnam Vocational and Technical High School in Springfield, is the only female in her class enrolled in the school’s engineering program. And, when she graduates in 2008, she will be the first female to graduate from the school’s engineering program.

As part of the SSEP, Nieves took a course in architectural design, in which she designed and built her own creations. After high school, she plans to study architecture in college.

In the fall, Garcia Salgado will be a sophomore at Holyoke High School. Described by her high school teachers as a top student, Garcia Salgado said her motivation to attend the SSEP was to experience independence and gain insight into life and studies on a college campus.

Garcia Salgado was particularly interested in learning about adolescent health issues such as HIV and teen pregnancy, issues that are concerns in her school and hometown. As part of SSEP, she participated in “By Girls, For Girls,” an exploration of adolescent girls' health and wellness.

On average, each SSEP participant spent 120 hours working with Smith College faculty throughout the past month. Family and friends are invited to attend the final presentations by all the students on Saturday.

Smith College educates women of promise for lives of distinction. By linking the power of the liberal arts to excellence in research and scholarship, Smith is developing leaders for society’s challenges.  Smith is the largest undergraduate women’s college in the country, enrolling 2,800 students from nearly every state and 61 other countries.


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