OSC Announces YWSI 2002 Middle School Participants

Columbus, Ohio -- May 28, 2002 -- OSC (Ohio Supercomputer Center) has announced that 18 of Ohio's middle-school girls have been selected to participate in its Young Women's Summer Institute (YWSI).

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 have been successful in these fields. In addition, teachers are selected to assist with YWSI and take what they've learned 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 Angle
    St. Pius X
    Licking Heights, OH
  • Morgan Black
    Homeschooling
    Columbus, OH
  • Stephanie Burton
    Calumet Christian School
    Powell, OH
  • Holly Finchum
    Saint Cecelia
    Galloway, OH
  • Brittany Graves
    Hilltonia Middle School
    Columbus, OH
  • Anna Henry
    Northmont Middle School
    Clayton, OH
  • Meah Kee
    Yorktown Middle School
    Columbus, OH
  • Jacquie Keller
    Liberty Union-Thurston
    Baltimore, OH
  • Taylor Krebs
    Bowling Green Jr. High
    Bowling Green, OH
  • Amanda Kurtz
    Welty Middle School
    New Philadelphia, OH
  • Ruth Lee
    Calumet Christian School
    Columbus, OH
  • Sarah Magness
    Guardian Angels School
    Cincinnati, OH
  • Colleen Maher
    St. Martin of Tours School
    Maple Heights, OH
  • Laura Pierce
    Davis Middle School
    Dublin, OH
  • Lesley Preece
    Meigs Middle School
    Middleport, OH
  • Ariel Sims
    The Wellington School
    Columbus, OH
  • Elizabeth Wei
    E.H. Greene
    Cincinnati, OH
  • Tiffany Yang
    Tharp Middle School
    Hilliard, OH

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

YWSI is funded in part by the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, American Electric Power, KnowledgeWorks, and Chemical Abstracts Services.

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.