CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State University will host a free workshop next February designed to encourage middle school girls to become interested in science and engineering.

Girls in grades 6-8 and their parents may register until Feb.10 for the workshop, called "Discovering the Scientist Within." It will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 8:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the new Linus Pauling Center auditorium on campus. The first participants to register will receive first choice of tours.

Guest speakers will talk about their career path and how it led them to become scientists. Middle school girls will engage in hands-on activities and take tours to science labs on campus.

"The goal is to change the stereotypical perception that scientists are male," said Sujaya Rao, OSU crop and soil science professor.

Parents are welcome to attend the tours and a workshop about how they can encourage their daughters to consider a science or engineering career.

For program information contact Rao at 541-737-9038. To register, send e-mail with the student's name and school to Sylvia Harvey at  

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Sujaya Rao, 541-737-9038