OSC Announces YWSI 2003 Middle School Participants

Columbus, Ohio -- May 28, 2003 -- Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) has announced that 18 of Ohio's middle-school girls have been selected to participate in its Young Women's Summer Institute (YWSI) on July 27-August 2, 2003.

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 have 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:

Danielle Bare
Liberty Middle School

Jamie Barnum
Calumet Christian School

Natalia Carvalho
Hopewell Elementary

Dominique Cummings
Christ the King School

Catherine Eitel
Dominion Middle School

Erin Evans
Roseville Middle School

Meg Gulickface
Lakewood Middle School

Christine Hwang
Davis Middle School

Kelsie Keen
Kettering Middle School

Christina Lam
Davis Middle School

Andrian Lee (Alternate)
Calumet Christian School

Brittney McIntyre
Yorktown School

Archana Narain
Heritage Middle School

Emma Paras (Alternate)
Emerson Middle School

Jamie Polzin
Davis Middle School

Nisha Rao
Pickerington Junior High

Paige Ruppel
Shenandoah Elementary School

Elizabeth Stein
Lima West Middle School

Michelle Stipetich
Reed Middle School

Jennifer Ann Sulcebarger (Alternate)
Heritage Middle School

Esther Wong
Worthington Park Elementary School

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 Battelle Memorial Institute, Ingram White Castle Foundation, and Women's Fund of Central Ohio.

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.