Castilleja News Alert (Sept 2010)
Seven Castilleja juniors and seniors students were part of a group of fifteen
high school students selected to take part in a UC Santa Cruz summer program
that helps young people delve deeply into research in the physical sciences.
The program pairs high-achieving, science- and math-oriented Bay Area teens
with post-docs, grad students, and faculty who help them explore topics
ranging from a astrophysics to nanochemistry. The girls worked on a wide
variety of projects, including the exploration of microbial fuel cells and
simulation of the structure and dynamics of galaxies, and received technical
and research training in the labs that wouldn't have been possible in a
classroom. Most importantly for the girls, however, are the relationships
that they formed and the connections they made as research has shown that
mentorship is a critical component of retaining women in the sciences.
Click on the
link to watch/listen to what the girls had to say about their experiences