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Tarleton State University’s College of Science and Technology are inviting female students finishing the eighth and ninth grades this spring to check out their Girls in Engineering College camp offered June 22-26.

The camp will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and will be held in the hydrology/engineering building at the Stephenville campus. The camp is residential, but participants may choose to commute.

Dr. Denise Martinez, associate professor of engineering and physics, and Dr. Beth Rinard, associate professor of geosciences, will lead participants in a “week in college” experience with content and activities designed to educate campers on engineering.

“The camp is new this year and is supported by a grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board,” Martinez said. “Activities will be centered around design projects and the associated math and science concepts as well as engineering as a career.”

Students will take field trips to the Wastewater Treatment Plant and to the Tarleton Observatory and guest speakers have been invited from Fibergrate, FMC and Luminant/TXU. Evenings will be spent with peer mentors. There will also be a parent session with college admissions, scholarships and financial aid followed by participants’ showcase of their work.

Those interested in enrolling in the camp may contact Martinez via e-mail at or by calling (254) 968-9924.

To enroll in the first camp or for more information on either camp, visit