June 04, 2012

Albany Nanotech, SEFCU program reaches out to urban girls

By: Richard A. D'Errico

Source: The Business Review

An $800,000 program designed to introduce inner-city Albany, New York, girls to careers in science and technology kicked off today at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at the University at Albany.

The summer camp-style program, funded by Albany-based credit union SEFCU and the Nanocollege, is the nation’s first Girls Inc. “Eureka” program to focus on nanotechnology. Its goal is to “engage underserved populations” in the city of Albany.

SEFCU has committed $340,000 to the program and CNSE will fund the rest, $460,000.

The five-year program begins July 23. The first summer session ends Aug. 17.

The four-week summer camp includes nanotech-related activites and sports, and will be on the CNSE campus and at the Girls Inc. Albany center. It’s free for girls who will be entering eighth grade in September.

The girls will be in the program for five years, preparing for their next step after high school. In the fifth summer, students will secure interships or jobs in one of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields. Thirty girls will be accepted into the program each year over the next five years.

For more information call 374-9800 or email [email protected]. The deadline for applications is June 15.