OSC Announces 2004 YWSI Middle-School Participants

Columbus, Ohio – May 27, 2004 -- The Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) has selected 18 of Ohio's middle-school girls to participate in its Young Women's Summer Institute (YWSI) on August 1-7, 2004 in Columbus.

YWSI is a week-long program sponsored by OSC for middle-school girls in Ohio. It is designed to promote computer, math, and science skills as well as provide hands-on experiences. YWSI helps girls develop an interest in these subjects by allowing them to work on a practical, interesting scientific problem using the latest computer technology.

YWSI is a response to girls' lack of interest in math and science and women's low participation in the science and technology fields, and in particular, information technology. YWSI introduces girls to exciting careers and job opportunities by surrounding them with women who are successful in these fields. In addition, teachers are selected to assist with YWSI and take what they learn in the program back to the classroom.

The YWSI admissions process is very selective. In their applications, students must submit an essay and provide at least two teacher recommendations.

OSC chose the following applicants:

Sarah Ambach
Springboro Jr. High School
Springboro, Ohio
Megan Lonsdale
Wedgewood Middle School
Columbus, Ohio
Alice Beckman-Jamison
Teays Valley Middle School
Ashville, Ohio
Devina Mehta
Davis Middle School
Dublin, Ohio
Courtney Branson
Teays Valley Middle School
Orient, Ohio
Caroline Oldstone-Moore
Roosevelt Middle School
Springfield, Ohio
Claire Burtch
Parkway Middle School
Rockford, Ohio
Megan Passwaiter
Willowick Middle School
Willowick, Ohio
Nadyia Chavis
Franklin Alternative Middle School
Columbus, Ohio
Kathryn Reed
Malabar Middle School
Mansfield, Ohio
Chenoa Courtney
Kettering Middle School
Kettering, Ohio
Kathryn Reilly
Kettering Middle School
Kettering, Ohio
Melissa Eier
Glenwood Middle School
Findlay, Ohio
Diana Saintignon
St. Mary’s School
St. Mary’s, Ohio
Jillian Frost
Bucyrus Middle School
Bucyrus, Ohio
Xiaojing Wu
Karrer Middle School
Dublin, Ohio
Kristin Gunn
Milford Junior High School
Milford, Ohio
Nina Zalenski
Davis Middle School
Dublin, Ohio

More information is available at www.osc.edu/ywsi . A second YWSI program is offered by Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.

YWSI is funded in part by Battelle, Procter & Gamble, American Electric Power, and Online Computer Library Center.

About OSC

OSC is Ohio's high performance computing and networking center. Established in 1987 by the Ohio Board of Regents, the Center provides scientific computing, networking, educational outreach, and information technology resources to state and national high performance computing and networking groups. OSC empowers its academic, industrial, and government partners to make Ohio the education and technology state of the future.