Closing the GAPS Institute (Girls Aren’t Pursuing Science): A Summer Institute to Foster Women Scientists and Engineer has received $90,000 from the Texas Workforce Commission’s Summer Merit Program. The summer camp, held at Texas Southmost College, exposes students to activities in anatomy, mechanical applications and neuroscience fields. The $90,000 affords 100 scholarships for attendees.
TSC was one of 18 grant recipients garnering more than $1.26 million total. The grants are given to both Texas universities and community colleges for summer youth camps that focus on STEM. They are provided through the Governor’s Summer Merit Program. The grants provide the opportunity for 1,351 students, ages 14 to 21, to attend. The camps focus on preparing them for future high-skill, as well as high-demand jobs.
“The Governor’s Summer Merit Program and the Texas Workforce Commission provide valuable tools in training students to excel, and I am proud of our colleges and universities for providing the STEM-based training that our students will need to compete in a 21st century economy,” said Governor Greg Abbott. “As our state’s workforce becomes more technologically advanced, the success of Texas depends on the skills these young minds will contribute to the growth of our workforce.”
The effort is administered by TWC. It is also part of the Governor’s Summer Merit Program, which aims to inspire Texas youth to pursue STEM-related careers. The camps introduce students to advanced technologies and manufacturing, as well as aerospace and defense. Other topics include biotechnology and life sciences, information and computer technology, and energy.