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 video link to watch/listen to what the girls had to say about their experiences this summer.