Hermanas Conference to feature workshops, speakers

From studying sound waves to the DNA of strawberries to the Mars Rover, the 2013 Hermanas Conference on Friday at Portland Community College’s Rock Creek Campus, 17705 N.W. Springville Road, will offer workshops for more than 150 female high school students from Beaverton, Hillsboro and Forest Grove.

Sponsored by the college and Intel Corporation’s Latino Employee Group, the all-day event on Feb. 22 is designed to attract young women to careers in science, technology, engineering and math, otherwise known as STEM.

Students will attend workshops led by college faculty from civil and mechanical engineering, chemistry, bioscience technology, physics, math and veterinary technology. They will also hear from keynote speaker Dr. Frances A. Colon, deputy science and technology adviser to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

Intel Corporation has collaborated with a number of community colleges since 2005 to expose female students to the world of science. More than 2,100 students have attended Hermanas Conferences throughout the country.

“For girls who may often be intimidated by non-traditional professions, male-dominated fields, or who lack the financial resources or preparation to enroll in college, the Hermanas Conference provides effective tools and practical pathways that enable them to successfully navigate these challenges,” said Gabriela Gonzalez, a founding member of the Hermanas Conference and Intel’s program manager.

Interested students should contact their respective high schools for registration information.

Participating schools include Beaverton Health & Science School, Beaverton High School, Southridge High School, Sunset High School and Westview High School; Forest Grove High School; Hillsboro High School; and Adelante Mujeres.

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