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MSU psychology professor named to national girls STEM board

October 9, 2014

MSU psychology professor Jessi Smith has been selected for a national board that champions STEM education for girls. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham.

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Jessi Smith, a psychology professor at Montana State University, has been selected for the Champions Board of the National Girls Collaborative Project.

NGCP is a national effort that brings together organizations throughout the U.S. that are committed to informing and encouraging girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). NGCP’s Champions Board includes representatives from industry, museums, national organizations like the Society of Women Engineers and the National Center for Women in Information Technology, and universities, including Stanford, Yale and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

"We are thrilled that Dr. Jessi Smith has agreed to join our National Champions Board,” said Karen Peterson, executive director of NGCP. “Dr. Smith's research and expertise in translating research to practice exemplifies one of the most important functions of the National Girls Collaborative Project - distributing important research findings to educators working directly with youth."

“It’s always wonderful when Montana can be represented at the national level as a STEM champion,” said Suzi Taylor, co-leader of the Montana Girls STEM Collaborative. “Jessi brings energy, passion and research-based knowledge to a situation we strive to change….the under-representation of women in STEM careers.”

At MSU, Smith is also the director of the ADVANCE Project TRACS program, a National Science Foundation-funded effort to broaden the participation of women faculty in STEM and underrepresented areas of Social and Behavioral Science. Smith is also an accomplished researcher whose work has been published in several national scientific journals.

The Montana Girls STEM Collaborative is an outreach program of Montana EPSCoR and is online at




Suzi Taylor (406) 994-7957,