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Date: April 15, 2004

UVic Students Awarded $10K to Recruit Budding Engineers

Go WEST, a high school outreach program run by engineering students at the University of Victoria, is being awarded $10,000 in funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada through NSERC’s annual PromoScience competition.

The Go WEST team strives to break down the barriers and misconceptions that prevent students from pursuing careers in engineering and technology. The NSERC funds will allow Go WEST to reach over 3,000 students on Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, Sunshine Coast and the Lower Mainland.

“Giving high school students the chance to see if engineering interests them is what Go WEST is all about,” says Go WEST Program Director Jill Nishida. “Many students, especially girls, don’t find out about engineering in high school. When I was in grade 10 and 11 I had no idea what engineering was and now I’m graduating from the UVic faculty of engineering next year.”

The NSERC funds will also go towards running Go WEST summer camps. The camps are designed to immerse secondary students—grades 9 through 12—in all aspects of engineering from campus life and course offerings to industry tours and discussions with engineers, scientists, professors, and current students. Participants take part in activities and workshops that involve problem solving and design. Youth who don’t live in Victoria are welcome to take part in the residential camps that include accommodation at UVic.

For more information go to www.gowest.uvic.ca or call (250) 721-8983.

Media advisory: Go WEST will be in the following communities on these dates:
April 19 – 23, Nanaimo; April 26 – 30, Nanaimo/Port Alberni; May 3 – 7, Greater Victoria; May 10 – 14, Cowichan Valley; May 17 – 21, Comox Valley & Qualicum Beach; May 24 – 28, Campbell River & Powell River; May 31 - June 4, Sunshine Coast; June 7 – 11, Lower Mainland; June 14 – 18, Lower Mainland.

Media contacts:
Jenna Eisel (Go WEST) at cell (250) 885-1706 or (250) 721-8983 or go-west@engr.uvic.ca
Jill Nishida or Omar Ishkintana (Go WEST) at (250) 721-8983 or go-west@engr.uvic.ca
Maria Lironi (UVic Communications) at (250) 721-6139 or lironim@uvic.ca

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