Dale Lee has a thing for math and science.
Every chance she gets, Lee, vice president and corporate secretary for Roanoke Gas Co. in Roanoke, encourages students, particularly young girls, to explore education in science and mathematics.
"Both of these fields teach students not only about the specific area that they study but also develop analytical methods of thinking that will be critical to their professional development in the future," said Lee, who earned an MBA from Radford University in 1985 and a Master of Science in mathematics education in 2011.
Lee's passion for making math and science accessible to young girls has led her to be among the many contributors to Radford University's Summer Bridge Program. The weeklong residential camp, which ended Friday, is an opportunity for rising sophomore, junior and senior high school girls to study science, technology and mathematics in a university setting.
An essential element of Summer Bridge is demonstrating to high schools girls, especially those from families of modest means, that higher education is within reach and introducing them to careers in science and technology they might not have considered otherwise.
Many classes for the week were taught by female faculty members who served as mentors to the girls. Among those teaching was Donna Boyd, eminent professor of anthropological sciences, who in 2006 was honored as U.S. Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.