Montana State University

Montana joins national collaborative on science education for girls

January 12, 2012 -- MSU News Service

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Montana's flagship universities will work together to promote science, math, technology and engineering education for girls as part of the state's recent acceptance into the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP).

Funded by the National Science Foundation, the NGCP helps coordinate organizations that encouraging girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, commonly referred to by the acronym STEM.

Membership into the NGCP gives Montana the opportunity to host a variety of free or low-cost professional development opportunities for girl-serving organizations, educators, and business professionals in the state.

Suzi Taylor of MSU Extended University, Holly Truitt of The University of Montana spectrUM Discovery Area, and Martha Peters, program director of Montana NSF EPSCoR, along with a statewide leadership team will coordinate the NGCP's activities in Montana.

EPSCoR, the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, is an NSF-funded collaborative project of the Montana University System with a mission of strengthening research and education in science and engineering.

Other members of the leadership team include: Shirley Greene, Montana Science Teachers Association (Billings); Liz Gunderson, Exploration Works (Helena); Jan Lombardi, Governor's Office of Community Service (Helena); Robin Manning, Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming (Billings); Kim Schweikert, MSU-Billings (Billings); and Michael Stone, Department of Defense Starbase Program (Great Falls, Helena).

Montana becomes one of 24 collaborative projects serving 33 states and indirectly serving more than 5 million girls.

An informational meeting will be held on the MSU-Bozeman campus in February for people who are interested in NGCP and its presence in Montana.

For more information visit or contact Peters at

Contact: Martha Peters, Montana NSF EPSCoR, (406) 994-7658,