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MTSU, Nissan, Microsoft team for DigiGirlz tech ev...

MTSU, Nissan, Microsoft team for DigiGirlz tech event

DigiGirlz is coming to the Nashville area Saturday, March 2, for high school girls in Tennessee interested in science, technology, engineering and math careers.

DigiGirlz will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Nissan North America Corporate Office, located at One Nissan Way, in Franklin, Tenn.

Registration is free but is limited to 100 applicants. You can get registration information at www.eiseverywhere.com/ehome/55842.

DigiGirlz logoMore details about the event are available at http://tinyurl.com/MTDigiGirlz2013.

Microsoft spokesman David Hanna said the one-day event “is designed to provide high school girls with a better understanding of what a career in technology is all about.

“We’re proud to work with Nissan and MTSU to offer such innovative technology programs that target today’s youth,” he added.

“A DigiGirl is already ahead of the game in her career path because she enjoys and understands technology,” said Dr. Judith Iriarte-Gross, an MTSU chemistry professor and director of the university’s Women in STEM Center director.

“All careers, including those not considered STEM, are based on a strong technology foundation.”

During the event, students will work directly with employee volunteers from Microsoft, Nissan and MTSU. They’ll also get professional insights into STEM careers with an inside look at what it’s like to work in their respective industries.

“By providing girls with career-planning assistance and thought-provoking exercises, we uncover the endless opportunities offered by a STEM-focused education,” said Trisha Jung, Nissan’s director of connected services.

“These young women will leave the event armed with knowledge and confidence as they’re about to make decisions on their education paths.”

Nissan also will announce the winner of a $500 college scholarship at DigiGirlz Day. A committee is choosing the recipient, who must be a senior with a minimum 3.0 GPA and an interest in science, technology, engineering or math.

Scholarship applicants also were required to write an essay up to 500 words long explaining how they use technology and the impact it has on their lives.

— Randy Weiler (Randy.Weiler@mtsu.edu)


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