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From left, Jenna Farrar, 9, and Emily Bowie, 4th year development stem cell biology grad student, and Gina Paparella, 11, and Molly Matty, 6th year university program in genetics & genomics, grad student, extract DNA from fruit 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.