News Release

REF NO.: 179

SUBJECT: WISE NL seeks female applicants for student employment program

DATE: May 9, 2007

Applications are now being accepted by the Women in Science and Engineering Newfoundland and Labrador (WISE NL) Student Summer Employment Program (SSEP) from young women looking for work experience.
The program offers first-hand experience with careers in science and engineering through paid research positions to female Grade 11 students. Applicants do not have to be strongly committed to careers in these areas, but simply interested in finding out more about them.
“The WISE Student Summer Employment Program offers more than a summer job,” said Caroline Koenig, WISE SSEP Director. “We have endeavoured to provide a program that will encourage young women to take charge of their future by introducing them to a wide range of careers and areas of study that are available in science and engineering.”
Currently in its 18th year, the program has successfully placed nearly 600 young women in research positions at Memorial University and its partner organizations. This year, 30 full-time paid research positions are available. The eight-week program begins June 25 and runs through August 17. Positions will primarily be available in St. John’s, Corner Brook and surrounding areas. WISE NL is a non-profit, volunteer organization which aims to increase the participation of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers by increasing awareness that these professions are rewarding and exciting options for women. WISE also provides mentoring, professional development and networking opportunities to facilitate the success of women in these fields and advocates for equitable workplaces.
Application packages have been sent to all high schools throughout the province. Interested candidates can also visit: www.cdli.ca/wise/ssep. Due to overwhelming response, the application deadline has been extended to May 17, 2007. For more information, contact Mercia Conway, program administrator, at (709) 737-2484 or mercia@engr.mun.ca.

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