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Chemistry professor receives grant for chemistry camp

Girls start losing interest in science during middle school or earlier, and the result is a dearth of women working in science, technology, engineering, and math.

To change that trend, a new weeklong chemistry camp for 40 middle school girls will be held at the Kingston campus during the April public school vacation in 2013 and 2014. The camp is the brainchild of Assistant Professor Mindy Levine, who hopes to ignite a passion for science in girls at a crucial age. She has packed the camp with hands-on experiments using real-world objects, female scientists in a variety of interesting careers as guest speakers, and a field trip to the Boston Museum of Science.

“I want these girls to come out of this camp thinking that science is cool and that women can become scientists,” said Levine, who...

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