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Asian University for Women and Chevron Launch Summer School for Talented Science Students in Bangladesh

Dhaka, Bangladesh – 27 March 2019 – Asian University for Women and Chevron are pleased to announce the launch of the AUW Science Summer School, powered by Chevron: a residential program that helps launch aspiring female scientists and mathematicians into top universities and careers. For five weeks, students of the Science Summer School will be engaging in math and physics lessons, mentorship from experts, and learning with like-minded peers. Upon successfully graduating from the program, students will be prepared to hit the ground running as a math or physics scholar at the university level. 

Graduates of the AUW Science Summer School will receive a Certificate of Merit from AUW and Chevron and leave with a powerful network of friends and mentors who are as equally committed to STEM education and careers. Top performing students will additionally receive invitations to enroll at AUW as undergraduate students and may be eligible to secure partial or full scholarship support depending on their demonstrated financial need. The top-performing student will receive the AUW-Chevron Emerging Women Leader in STEM Award.

The five-week program will focus on classical mechanics, electricity and magnetism, bioinformatics, mathematics, and SAT exam preparation. Classes will be taught by a series of distinguished visiting teachers from Stanford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), as well as one of AUW's own resident faculty members. Each year, up to 80 secondary school students will be invited to participate in this competitive program. Applications are due online or by mail by 30th April, 2019.

The launch event took place at the Amari Dhaka at 3:00 p.m. on 25th March 2019. The Chief Guest of the event was Mrs. Rubana Huq, a member of the Asian University for Women Board of Trustees and the Managing Director of Mohammadi Group. Speaking at this official launch event, Rubana Huq emphasized the importance of the science summer school saying “This is going to aspire female scientists to help them go to the next level. AUW is always all about graduation to the next level. Five weeks of engaging with Maths and Physics, which starts from July 5 and ends on August 8, where we offer mentorship from experts and which will be taught by the doctoral candidates from Stanford and other top American research universities- that says a lot.” Other speakers in support of the program during the launch included Mr. Ismail Hossain Chowdhury, Director PGPA, Chevron- Bangladesh and Dr. Dave Dowland, Registrar, AUW.  Also, Principals, Senior School Science Teachers, career counselors and school representatives from over 17 reputed schools and colleges of Dhaka, such as Scholastica, International School Dhaka, Sir John Wilson School, Maple Leaf International, DPS STS, BAF Shaheen College and others gathered to discuss the future and the possibilities of this program. 
 
Chevron Bangladesh sponsors summer science school

From left to right: Sophia Gomes, Team Assistant, Policy, Government & Public Affairs (PGPA), Chevron Bangladesh; Shadab Shahab, Senior Community Engagement Coordinator, Chevron Bangladesh; Obaidullah Al-Ejaz, Community Affairs Manager, Chevron Bangladesh; Dr. Dave Dowland, Registrar, Asian University for Women (AUW); Ismail H. Chowdhury, Director, PGPA, Chevron Bangladesh; AKM Moniruzzaman Mollah, Head of Science and Math Program, AUW; Suman Chatterjee, Director, Marketing & Recruitment, AUW; Professor Ganesh Ray, Faculty for AUW Science Summer School; Ethan Goldbach, Faculty, AUW