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Jenna Farrar, 9, extracts DNA from fruit as Emily Bowie, 4th year development stem cell biology grad student, looks on during FEMMES' (Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering, and Science) Capstone event. The Saturday event was a free, annual one-day outreach program introducing young women from Durham (4th through 6th grade) to math, science and engineering. <br />
The goal of FEMMES (Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering and Science) is to give girls hands-on experience in fields where women are often greatly under-represented. By using female volunteers and faculty members, we hope to demonstrate that women can and do excel in these fields. Each faculty volunteer directs a hands-on activity that shows something interesting and fun about their area of expertise. Student volunteers lead groups to the activities and act as mentors for the day to our program’s participants.