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BCTC chosen as first community college to receive chapter of Graduate Women in Science

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 26, 2011) Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) has been chosen by the Sigma Delta Epsilon chapter of Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) to receive the first undergraduate chapter at a community college.

The new chapter will be lead by members of the BCTC Biological Sciences faculty including Dr. Deborah Davis and Ms. Tammy Liles who met with GWIS officials earlier this year to discuss the importance of community colleges in the education of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) students.

"We are so excited that GWIS understands the importance of community colleges in STEM education, said Liles. The new BCTC GWIS chapter will provide a national support structure and networking opportunities for both students and faculty."

Historically, community colleges have strong enrollments of women and underrepresented minorities and play a pivotal role in attracting these populations to STEM fields. The undergraduate members of the first GWIS chapter at BCTC will receive the GWIS e-news and the GWIS Bulletin as resource materials. The chapters goals are to prepare students for participation and recognition of women in science and to foster research through grants, awards, and fellowships.