Career Resource Guide for Teachers
Elizabeth Berg and Pat Reisdorf
Part 1 - Career Explorations/Programs/Publications
This list addresses the needs of middle and high school teachers who are looking for opportunities and materials to encourage young women to continue their studies in mathematics, science and technology.
- Alpha Kappa Alpha
- Alpha Kappa Alpha is a national sorority that sponsors year-long leadership intern programs and college tours for black high school girls. For more information, contact: Alpha Kappa Alpha, 5656 S. Stony Ave., Chicago, IL 60637.
- American Chemical Society Project Seed
- The society operates Project Seed for economically disadvantaged high school students who have taken at least one year of chemistry. In this program, students work for 10 weeks over the summer with a research chemist in an academic, industrial, or government lab and receive a $1000 stipend. For more information contact: American Chemical Society, 115 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036.
- American Society of Civil Engineers Engineering Careers Intro
- Summer institutes are held on different college campuses to introduce minority students to careers in civil engineering. For more information contact: American Society of Civil Engineers, 345 E. 47th Street, New York, NY 10017.
- American Society for Microbiology
- Single copies of the booklet, "Microbiology in Your Future," are available free. Contact: The American Society for Microbiology, Office of Education and Training, 1325 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20005, 202-737-3600.
- American Statistical Association
- "Careers in Statistics" and "Statistics as a Career: Women at Work" available at $.25 per copy. Contact: ASA, Committee on Women in Statistics, 1429 Duke St., Alexandria, VA 22314-3402.
- Blacks and Mathematics - Mathematical Association of America
- Project BAM has a visiting lecturer program designed to increase students' awareness of the need for mathematics courses. Visitors are local black professionals in mathematics-related careers, such as engineering, banking, insurance, and computer science. The professional gives typical examples of how such disciplines as algebra, geometry and trigonometry are used in their specific professions. Contact: MAA, 1529 Eighteenth St. NW, Washington, DC 20036-1385.
- Career Oriented Modules to Explore Topics in Science is a science/sex equity model used to encourage early adolescents to develop a broad knowledge of science concepts, career options, role models and a keen interest in the pursuit of science study. This is designed for use in grades 5-9 and contains over 100 classroom activities. For more information contact: COMETS, The University of Kansas, 205 Bailey Hall, Lawrence, KS 66045, (913) 864-4435.
- Cranbrook Institute of Science
- The Institute offers a series of programs in conjunction with the Girl Scouts of America. Sleepovers in the museum with a focus on astronomy and hands-on science are very popular, as are workshops on topics such as "Earthworks," "Space Encounters," and "Water Everywhere." In addition, students are given a chance to explore "Physics Fun" through fifty interactive exhibits in the hall. For more information, contact: Cranbrook School, 500 Lone Pine Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48013.
- Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP)
- DAPCEP offers minority students an introduction to engineering careers and support to get the necessary academic qualifications to enter a college science or engineering program. The program offerings consist of three interrelated components: the Summer Skills Intensification Program, the Saturday Enrichment Classes held at six different area universities and In-School Pre-engineering classes. After school tutoring is also available. For more information, contact: DAPCEP, Rackham Educational Memorial Building, 60 Farnsworth, Detroit, MI 48202.
- Drexel University Cooperative Program
- With funding from Philadelphia Electric Company, a cooperative program has been established with the school district of Philadelphia to motivate and prepare inner-city students for technical and science careers. For further information, contact Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA 19104.
- Expanding Your Horizons in Science and Mathematics
- This is a 50 page handbook for planners of conferences for young women interested in exploring career options. Cost: $2.50 from EDC/WEEA Publishing Center, Order Dept., 55 Chapel St., Suite 200, Newton, MA 02160.
- Family Math
- Family Math was developed to encourage parents and their children to talk about mathematics and the difficulty of solving problems. Through the program, children gain confidence in their ability to do mathematics. For more information contact: Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720.
- General Electric Career Series
- Up to 25 copies of a set of four booklets available free: "So You Want to Go to Work," "What's it Like to Be an Engineer?", "What's it Like to Work with Computers?", "What's it Like to Be a Technician?" Contact: General Electric Co., Education Communications, 3135 Easton Turnpike-WH21, Fairfield, CT 06431.
- Headlands Program
- This organization offers an eight week intensive program designed to increase science and math background and communication skills of American Indian students presently in their senior year of high school and interested in health careers. Applicants should have completed at least two years of algebra, and two science courses and have maintained a 2.5 grade point average. This academic enrichment program consists of mini-block courses in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and communication skills. Participants receive transportation expenses, living expenses, tuition and a stipend of $500. Application deadline is March 15. For further information contact: Headlands Program, BESB-200 OUHSC, P.O Box 26901, Oklahoma City, OK 73190.
- Jackson Laboratory
- High school juniors are eligible to take part in a nine week special program to introduce them to careers in biological and biochemical research. There is no tuition charge but students pay for room and board. For further information contact: Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, ME 04609.
- Massachusetts Pre-Engineering Program for Minority Students, Inc.
- Mass PEP exists to identify, encourage, and motivate academically prepared Black, Hispanic and American Indian male and female students in grades 7-12 for college studies leading to careers in engineering, the sciences and mathematics-based fields. It is an affirmative action approach in education to increase the participation of minority students. For more information, contact: Wentworth Institute of Technology, 533 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115.
- Math/Science Network
- Career Information and Programs for young women. Ask for publications and videos list. MATH/SCIENCE NETWORK, 678 13th Street, Suite 100, Oakland, CA 94612, (510) 893-6284.
- Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement Program (MESA)
- MESA promotes more involvement of minorities in engineering and science by sponsoring summer institutes to help students overcome inadequate high school preparation and to enter college. It also works through high schools. There are now centers on 16 campuses serving approximately 2,200 students. MESA encourages students to work together, offers structured academic support, and provides academic, personal, and career counseling. For more information, contact: Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720.
- Mathematics and Science Education Network
- MSEN helps minority students learn more about engineering study and how to take the steps necessary to enter programs in the field. For more information, contact: MSEN, University of North Carolina, 201 Peabody Hall, Chapel Hill, NC 27599.
- Minority Women in Science Program
- The Minority Women in Science Program is designed to inform Black and Hispanic high school students of the advantages of studying science in a liberal arts college and to assist these women in developing the skills necessary to succeed in the field. For more information, contact: Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010.
- National Association of Pre-College Directors
- The Association publishes a booklet "Promoting Success Through Collaborative Ventures in Pre-College Science and Mathematics," which describes 19 programs and helps to recruit more minority students for technical studies. For more information, write them at: 51 Astor Place, New York, NY 10003.
- National Network of Minority Women in Science
- This group seeks to increase the number of minority women in science by publishing information on opportunities, offering placement services, and making awards in the field. For more information, write: C/O AAAS Office of Opportunities in Science, 1333 H Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005.
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- The NOAA group Corps is a scientific organization that provides a pool of professionals in engineering and the sciences. Members of the Corps operate ships, fly aircraft, conduct diving operations and serve in a wide variety of administrative positions. The Cooperative Education Office employs high school and college students in trainee positions. Applications are made through their schools. For more information, write: NOAA, 11420 Rockville Pike, Room 311, Rockville, MD 20852.
- Pass It On
- Write for a free subscription to "Pass It On," a magazine/pamphlet of ideas, tips and resources for equity programs (a division of Girls Incorporated of Greater Santa Barbara). Send name and school information to: Advocacy Press, P.O. Box 236, Santa Barbara, CA 93102.
- Office of Personnel Management, U.S.
- Summer employment program hires about 40,000 students 18 years of age or older (or 16, if enrolled in high school) for summer jobs. Some jobs are available in the areas of science and mathematics. See "Summer Jobs Bulletin" available at Federal Job Information Centers in early January. For more information, contact the office at: 1900 E Street NW, Washington, DC 20415.
- Operation SMART (Science, Math and Relevant Technology)
- Operation SMART is an after-school program that uses an inquiry model to teach young girls how to apply science processes to solve everyday problems. The program encourages girls to pose their own questions and to find their own answers. An example of an activity involves taking a walk in the neighborhood to examine how sidewalks and buildings are constructed, how sewers work and the operation of equipment at a gas station. Girls Incorporated, 30 East 33rd Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10016.
- PRIME Summer Mathematics Camps
- PRIME (Positive Reinforcement in Math Education), PREP and COMPOSITE are summer math camp opportunities for pre-teen girls and their teachers in the Columbus, GA area. Grants written by Helen Purks and Dr. Kitt Lumley made the original camp (summer of 1989) possible; Pat Reisdorf, a 1984 Woodie, was its first teacher leader. The camp was featured in the January 1993 issue of Teaching Pre-K-8. For more information, contact: Helen Purks, Director, Columbus Regional Math Collaborative, Columbus College, Columbus, GA 31906 (706) 568-2480.
- Prime, Inc.
- This program helps high school students in the Philadelphia area to enter and study for careers in engineering, pharmacy, mathematics, and science. The focus is on minority students to help increase the number who will select technical careers. They offer counseling, supplementary academic work, and other assistance. For more information, write to: Prime, Inc., 1700 Walnut Street, Suite 1201, Philadelphia, PA 19103.
- The Program for Rochester to Interest Students in Science and Math operates under the sponsorship of the Industrial Management Council of Rochester. The program focuses on problem-solving curricula for junior high school students, summer workshops and industry internships for post-eleventh grade students. The Hutchinson House, 930 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607.
- Project SEE
- For a free poster, "To Get Her OnLine," promoting computer equity, write: Project SEE, California DOE, 721 Capitol Mall, Sacramento, CA 95814-4785, (916) 322-7388.
- Project SEED
- Project SEED is a national program in which mathematicians and scientists from major universities and research corporations teach abstract, conceptually oriented mathematics to elementary school children. Most of the students have been Black children from urban poverty backgrounds, as well as Native American children in Montana. The primary goal of the program is to raise the student's confidence in his/her ability to succeed in academic subjects. The long-term goal is to enable more minority students to take college preparatory courses in mathematics. Write Project SEED, 2336-A McKinley Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94703.
- Science Career Exploration for Women
- This book, by Walter S. Smith and Kala M. Stroup, is aimed at science teachers, counselors and others who work with young women. It provides tools that can be used to help young, talented women students explore science careers. Published in 1978, it is available for $3.00 from NSTA, 1742 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009.
- Share a Day w/a Scientist (Share) & Scientist in the School (SIS)
- The Share project provides a unique opportunity for students to explore the many options available in science on a one-to-one basis with an experienced scientist. Students spend a day at work with scientists seeing their work setting and learning how they prepared for their careers. In the SIS project, scientists from different disciplines visit schools to speak about their careers and how they prepared for them. For more information, contact: Hawaii Association for Women in Science, Biomed Building T606B, University of Hawaii, Manoa, Honolulu, HI 96822.
- Society of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists
- MAES operates a number of educational and counseling programs to help young people consider and enter engineering or science careers. P.O. Box 3520, Fullerton, CA 92634.
- SummerMath is an intensive six week summer program for females that provides an enrichment experience for young women in mathematics, computing and science. The program is designed to replace blind memorization and rule-following behaviors that limit understanding of mathematics with flexible problem solving skills. For more information, contact: Char and Jim Morrow, SummerMath, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA 01075.
- Smith Summer Science Program
- Smith Summer Science Program is a summer scientific research program designed for young women who are interested in research in psychology and biology. The participants design and conduct experiments in areas such as drug abuse, behavioral psychology and evolution. For more information, contact: Smith College, Northampton, MA 01063.
- Women and Mathematics
- This is an advising and mentoring program designed to inspire and motivate students toward careers in mathematics, science and technology. Four hundred women, from 15 regions of the country, volunteer their time for hands-on workshops, classroom visits and programs on mathematics and/or career options. They are available for middle school and/or high school presentations, as well as community organizations and parent groups. For further information, contact one of the National Directors, Dr. Virginia Knight, Dept. of Math and Computer Science, Meredith College, Raleigh, NC 27607 or Dr. Carolyn Tucker, Dept. of Mathematics, Westminster College of Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City, UT 84105.
Part 2 - Teacher Programs
This list contains programs emphasizing classroom methods designed to improve the climate of mathematics and science education.
- Directory of Financial Aids for Women 1993-95
- This book, by Gail Ann Schlacter, c. 1993, contains a wealth of information in all subject areas. It is available through Reference Service Press, San Carlos Industrial Park, 1100 Industrial Park Road, Suite 9, San Carlos, CA 94070, (415) 594-0743.
- Equals is a teacher in-service program to promote the participation and achievement of females and minorities in mathematics and computer-related fields of study and work. The three aspects of the program are: awareness of the importance of quantitative skills for all students; developing competence and confidence in problem solving; and encouraging underrepresented students to persist in their studies. For more information contact: EQUALS, Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720.
- Gender Expectations Student Achievement (GESA)
- GESA helps educators look at the impact of gender biases on teaching. GESA workshops focus on five areas of gender disparity: instructional contact, grouping, classroom control, enhancing self-esteem, and evaluation of student performance. For further information contact: Delores A. Grayson, Los Angeles County Office of Education, Division of Project Funding and Management, Room 246, 9300 East Imperial Highway, Downey, CA 90242-2890.
- General Telephone Growth Initiatives for Teachers
- GTE provides grants totalling $10,000 each to teams of one science teacher and one mathematics teacher to develop an innovative project to integrate mathematics and science teaching. Request an application from GTE Gift Review Committee, 504 Carnegie Center, Room X-220, P.O. Box 6330, Princeton, NJ 08540, Attn. M. Corrigan.
- Grants at a Glance
- Grants at a Glance is a publication that lists over 350 grants, scholarships and funding programs in engineering, life, physical , and social sciences. For more information contact: Association for Women in Science, 1522 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036.
- History of Women in Science Prize
- The purpose of this $500 award is to encourage research in the specialty field of women in the history of science and to reward scholars who are actively publishing in this field. Eligibility: Books and articles published during the last 3 years are eligible for consideration, provided they deal with a topic related to women in science. There is a MAY deadline each year, with prizes awarded one year for articles, one year for books, etc. Contact: Rima D. Apple, Dept. of History of Medicine, University of Wisconsin, 1300 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706.
- National Association of Independent Schools
- With help from a grant from a Reader's Digest Fund, NAIS has launched a program to increase educational opportunities for disadvantaged youth at the secondary school level. Included in the project is support for training educators in multicultural concerns. For more information contact: National Assn. of Independent Schools, 75 Federal Street, Boston, MA 02110.
- This program is sponsored annually by NASA, the National Science Teachers Association and the National Council Teachers of Mathematics. Teachers selected spend two weeks at one of the United States Space Centers. The teachers attend briefings about space-related biomedical and biological programs, future space missions, and study ecological problems. For more information, contact NEWMAST/NEWEST, National Science Teachers Association, 1742 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20009-1171.
- Women's Educational Equity Act Program Grants
- The purpose is to promote educational equity for women and assist in eliminating sex discrimination in education by providing funding for projects designed 1) to change the educational system to eliminate the sex role stereotyping that limits the aspirations and options of women; 2) to create changes in educational institutions to overcome district practices that may be in violation of federal laws, executive orders or regulations; or 3) to provide special training for individuals to remedy the limitation of opportunities resulting from past or continuing practices against women. Eligibility: Non-profit organizations, public agencies and individuals interested in women's equity projects. Challenge grants run up to $40,000. General grants are $50,000-$200,000 ($2 million awarded each year). The deadline varies. Contact: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Attn: Compensatory Education Programs, DOE, 400 Maryland Ave SW, Room 2043, FOB-6, Washington, DC 20202-6132, (202) 401-1682.
- Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Summer Institutes
- The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation offers one-week institutes for teachers and one-month programs for master teachers in the science and mathematics disciplines. The institutes focus on the teaching of science and mathematics using methods suggested by current research. The one-week institutes are held at sites located in different geographical areas and the month-long institutes are held at Princeton University. For more information, contact: Geri Marchioni, WWNFF, CN 5281, Princeton, NJ 08543-5281.
Woodrow Wilson Leadership Program in Mathematics
The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
CN 5281, Princeton NJ 08543-5281