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Engineers Serve as Role Models for Project MISS

July 19, 2013

Project MISS instructor Berenice Diaz-Escoto, a CSUF alumna who completed the single-subject math credential program this year, teaches algebra II to high school girls in this summer’s program.

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As 120 high school girls in this summer's Project MISS took note, three female engineers from Fluor Enterprises Inc. spoke about the importance of studying math and using such skills to pursue careers in engineering and related fields.

"I'm hoping that when young girls see role models that are women, they realize they can do it; they can be engineers. It's hard to visualize yourself being an engineer when you don't see engineers that look like you. Engineering needs more women," said Fluor's Monique Aleman. She was joined by Fluor's Nancy Pon and Carmen Rawson as guest speakers during the intensive math program, which continues through Aug. 2.

Corporate foundations and grants, including Cal State Fullerton's GEAR UP program, support Project MISS, a collaborative effort between the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and Student Affairs Division.

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