Secretary Spellings and Deputy Director of the National Science Foundation Kathie Olsen recently welcomed more than 100 female entrepreneurs, explorers, and scientists to the inaugural National Summit on the Advancement of Girls in Math and Science. "Girls continue to be under-represented in critical fields related to math and science," the Secretary explained. "They make up only a third of AP physics students and only 15 percent of AP computer science classes. At the college level, less than 20 percent of engineering majors are women, while the number of women with computer science degrees has dropped 25 percent since 1985." At the conference, the Secretary announced a comprehensive review of research on how and why girls are turning away from these fields of the future.
For more information on this program please visit the Department of Education's website at http://www.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2006/05/05152006b.html.
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