CEE and the University of Dammam in Saudi Arabia Inaugurate the Research Science Initiative 2015 for Young Females

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CEE and the University of Dammam in Saudi Arabia Inaugurate the Research Science Initiative 2015
for Young Females

McLean, VA – March 11, 2015 –The Research Science Initiative, sponsored in partnership with the Center for Excellence in Education (CEE), the University of Dammam, The King Abdulaziz and His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity (MAWHIBA), and Saudi Aramco, will serve 50 high-achieving middle school girls.  This is the first Saudi Arabia program for young girls that encourages science, technology, engineering and mathematical (STEM) studies.

The Research Science Initiative will be held on the University of Dammam Campus for 5 weeks from June 7 – July 9, 2015.  This program provides rigorous instruction, individualized mentorships, and laboratory experiences for young female scholars. It will be led by Dr. Amy Sillman Co-Director, the Center for Excellence in Education and Dr. Hanadi Baghdadi, Co-Director, University of Dammam.

 “We are pleased to launch this new RSI program for young women in Saudi Arabia,” stated Joann DiGennaro, CEE’s President.  “It is exciting for CEE to plan and implement an Initiative, first of its kind, to propel young female scholars to careers in STEM.  This project follows our partnership to establish the Research Science Institute at KAUST for male and female high school scholars.”

About the Center for Excellence in Education
The Center for Excellence in Education was founded in 1983 by the late Admiral H.G. Rickover and Joann P. DiGennaro, President of the Center. The Center's mission is to nurture high school and university scholars to careers of excellence and leadership in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and to encourage collaboration between and among leaders in the global community. CEE sponsors the Research Science Institute (RSI), the USA Biology Olympiad (USABO), and the Teacher Enrichment Program (TEP).

CEE has partnered with more than 53 countries with collaborative agreements negotiated by Joann DiGennaro, CEE’s President. The Center was the first U.S. organization to receive high school students from: People’s Republic of China, India, and the Balkan and Baltic nations.  RSI programs are in Bulgaria, China, India, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore.  For more information about the Center and its programs, visit CEE’s Web site, www.cee.org

About Dammam University
The University of Dammam opened its doors to women and men in 1975 with two pioneering colleges, the College of Medicine and the College of Architecture.  Almost four decades later this academic institution has grown into a leading research university with 21 colleges spread throughout the Eastern Province and a student population of over 45,000.  As a preeminent research-based institution, the University of Dammam continues to grow and develop, continually assessing and improving its curricula and expanding its academic capabilities in all disciplines, while at the same time engaging the public in addressing environmental and community challenges.

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Related websites:
Center for Excellence in Education: http://www.cee.org/
Research Science Institute: http://www.cee.org/research-science-institute
Teacher Enrichment Program: http://www.cee.org/teacher-enrichment-program
USA Biology Olympiad: http://www.cee.org/usa-biology-olympiad-usabo
University of Dammam: http://www.uod.edu.sa/en/about-us


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