October 24, 2003

Looking for Mathematicians, Scientists, and Engineers!

Southwestern College’s Science Opportunity Day Promotes Science Among Students

Chula Vista—The demand for a highly trained and educated workforce in the fields of math, science, and engineering is steadily increasing. Yet, the supply of science industry professionals is moving in the opposite direction. Southwestern College’s Science Opportunity Day will bring together student scientists, industry representatives, and university spokespersons in an effort to promote science among students and encourage them to pursue careers in the science industry. Science Opportunity Day will take place Tuesday, October 28, 2003 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Courtyard of the School of Math, Science, and Engineering.

“Science Opportunity Day will give students the opportunity to show non-science students what they have been doing in their classes—and what science and engineering professionals do for a living,” said Alexander G. Juden, Director, MESA Program (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement).

During the two-hour event, student scientists will perform scientific experiments for their fellow students, faculty, and staff. In addition, industry and university representatives will talk to students about science programs at their institutions and job and career options in science.

The United States has a real problem in the level of science and mathematics achievement among students. The problem is even more severe among minority and underrepresented groups.

For example, employment growth is expected to be particularly strong in the computer science fields, with a projected 69 percent job increase by the year 2010. Yet, between 1988 and 1998, there was a 22 percent decline in the number bachelor’s degrees awarded to students in this field.

“We must focus our efforts to increase the number of students pursuing careers in the science industry,” added Juden, explaining that the MESA Program was established to alleviate the problem.

For more information on Science Opportunity Day, contact Alexander G. Juden at (619) 482-6381 or by email at ajuden@swc.cc.ca.us.

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