Duke Energy Foundaiton Supports Clemson Programs

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DUKE ENERGY FOUNDATION SUPPORTS CLEMSON PROGRAMS

CLEMSON — Duke Energy Foundation has awarded a $90,000 annual gift to three Clemson University programs in the College of Engineering and Science that promote diversity.

Part of the award supports the PEER Math Excellence workshop, a summer school session of pre-calculus and calculus designed to prepare students for technical majors, such as computer science and engineering. PEER is Programs for Educational Enrichment and Retention.

PEER Director Sue Lasser said that without the partnership of Duke Energy Foundation, they would not be able to accommodate all of the qualified and talented students who attend. “Duke Energy’s generous support makes it possible for us to accept all those students who wish to attend,” she said.

The award also goes to Project WISE (Women in Science and Engineering), which offers a summer camp for rising eighth-grade girls. The campers design Web pages, crack secret codes, do bovine heart bypass surgery, make their own shampoo and make-up –– all in an effort to examine opportunities in engineering and science. They learn about mechanical engineering, math, bioengineering, biology and civil engineering while exploring diversity and self-esteem.

“Studies have shown that middle school is an excellent time to expose girls to career options in the field of engineering and science because it is the time they usually develop a like or dislike for math and science,” said WISE program coordinator Serita Acker. “Duke Energy is helping to expose hundreds of girls from all across the country to the many opportunities in engineering and science.”

In addition, the award goes to support programming for Clemson’s student chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). Clemson’s chapter was recently named the top National Medium Chapter of the Year at the NSBE 31st Annual National Convention.

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Editor's Note: A digital photograph of Clemson University’s Project WISE summer camp attendees is available online. To view the photograph, connect to http://clemsonews.clemson.edu/WWW_releases/2005/July/Image_pages/WISE200...

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