OSC Announces 2006 YWSI Middle-School Participants

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Jun 2, 2006) — 

The Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) has selected 18 of Ohio's middle-school girls to participate in its Young Women's Summer Institute (YWSI) held on July 30-August 5, 2006 in Columbus.

YWSI is a weeklong 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, allowing them to 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:

Alexandra Amorati
Gahanna Middle School South
Blacklick, Ohio

Taylor Nicole Barr
Kettering Middle School
Kettering, Ohio

Soumi Dey
Worthingway Middle School
Westerville, Ohio

Leah Didlick
Columbus School for Girls
Columbus, Ohio

Julianna Drew
Jones Middle School
Upper Arlington, Ohio

Taylor Michelle Gray
Worthington Park School
Westerville, Ohio

Ranndi Grubbs
Columbus School for Girls
Pickerington, Ohio

Amanda Gu
Liberty Middle School
Powell, Ohio

Elizabeth Hunyor
St. Joseph Elementary School
Sylvania, Ohio

Haley Kauffman
Lake Middle School
Hartville, Ohio

Caitlin Kiracofe
Lima Bath Middle School
Lima, Ohio

Kristyn Marimon
Ohio Virtual Academy
Silver Lake, Ohio

Sarah Mayo
Karrer Middle School
Dublin, Ohio

Ellen Mc-Devitt-Stredney
Buckeye Valley Middle School
Sunbury, Ohio
Ellen Ring
Tri-Valley Middle School
Zanesville, Ohio

Larissa Santangelo
Springfield Intermediate Schools
New Middletown, Ohio

Mary Towers
Ridge Junior High School
West Chester, Ohio

Tiantian Zhang
Grizzel Middle School
Dublin, Ohio

More information is available at www.osc.edu/ywsi. A second YWSI program is sponsored by Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio.

YWSI is funded in part by Battelle, Procter & Gamble, American Electric Power, Ingram-White Castle Foundation, and the Ohio Learning Network.