High school girls participating in Radford University's Summer Bridge 2013 program celebrated with a banquet Thursday night in downtown Radford. They were concluding a week in RU’s classrooms and laboratories learning the skills necessary to build a Mars rover and gaining knowledge into skillfully combating hackers and analyzing crime scenes.
Summer Bridge, hosted annually by Radford University's College of Science and Technology, is a week-long residential experience for rising sophomore, junior and senior high school girls interested in science, technology and mathematics (STEM). This year's program began Sunday, July 7 and concluded Friday, July 12. Radford University President Penelope W. Kyle delivered the keynote address at the banquet.
The 78 participants in this year’s Summer Bridge program hailed mostly from Virginia with a few from Florida, Maryland and North Carolina. The girls had the unique opportunity to work on field experiments with Radford University professors in such subjects as space exploration, environmental science, forensic science, and the biology and chemistry applications of medicine.
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.
Cecilia Fox, a rising high school senior from Albemarle County with tons of curiosity and interests in such STEM fields as "biology, psychology, forensics, anthropology, neurology and maybe a little criminalistics," attended Summer Bridge and was elated to work and learn with Boyd and her husband Cliff Boyd, who are co-directors of RU's Forensic Science Institute and taught a forensic anthropology class at Summer Bridge.