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AT&T Partners With UT Dallas Mentoring Program To Support Women In STEM

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AT&T, a multinational telecommunications conglomerate, partners with the University of Texas in Dallas mentorship program to support women in STEM. The said partnership aims to help women who are into the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

The program called Young Women in Science and Engineering (YWISE) Investigators, has just recently made their partnership with AT&T Foundry in Plano to give a guided tour of the facility to 80 high school students, 10 teachers and other college mentors, UT Dallas News Center reported. Aside from this AT&T also presented a gift of $20,000 to the program.

Dr. Magaly Spector, the one who coordinates the program through the Office of the Provost, says that events and tours like this is an essential step in increasing awareness and showing the students what it is like to have a STEM-related job. He said that they are glad and grateful that their corporate partners extended help in achieving their goals, which is to show their participants that it is possible to overcome the challenges in these fields, and ultimately encourage them to pursue a STEM-related major when they attend college.

The Young Women in Science and Engineering (YWISE) Investigators program is designed to promote scientific research and to increase a high school students' interest in STEM. It also aims to develop their skills in STEM with the help of hands-on workshops, research and mentoring.

Matt Foster, the regional director for external affairs at AT&T, admired YWISE for their strength and passion when it comes to helping students realize the promising opportunities that await them in these fields.

Foster said that it is an excellent way to increase awareness and exposure of future female leaders to the traditional and non-traditional careers and opportunities in STEM, and that they are proud to have made the partnership with the university.

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