Fitchburg State instructor gets grant to teach girls specialties


September 8, 2012

FITCHBURG – Fitchburg State University Assistant Professor of Biology/Chemistry Aisling O’Connor and her partners have received a $10,000 grant for their work with girls in Grades 2-7 in science, technology, engineering and math.

The grant, from the American Association of University Women, is for work Ms. O’Connor is doing with the Cambridge-based nonprofit Science Club for Girls, the Fitchburg public schools and the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster.

The local collaboration runs science clubs for girls at the McKay Campus School and the Boys & Girls Club and uses undergraduate female science majors at Fitchburg State as mentor scientists. The grant will allow the program to expand to Memorial Middle and South Street Elementary schools.