PCOM Welcomes Girls Inc. Eureka! STEM Program Participants
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PCOM Hosts Girls Inc. Eureka!

July 20, 2022

Girls Inc. Eureka! participants dress in scrubs during a PCOM lab visitOn Thursday, July 14, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine hosted Girls Inc. Eureka! on the Philadelphia campus. Girls Inc. Eureka! is a five-year STEM-based program for rising 8th-grade girls in the Philadelphia area. During this visit, students in the program were led by current PCOM students and staff through a day filled with activities. These activities included a tour of the PCOM anatomy lab, a networking lunch and job shadowing with PCOM professors.

“We are very happy to welcome Girls Inc. Eureka! to campus and share with them a variety of career opportunities in the field of STEM,” shared Alicia Hahn-Murphy, MS, assistant director, diversity and community relations.

Participants from Girls Inc. Eureka! pose for a group photoAccording to their website, Girls Inc. Eureka! works to build confidence and skills through hands-on opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math. The program also incorporates physical fitness, personal development and college and career readiness. Eureka! broadens girls’ academic and career interests, encourages enrollment in advanced math and science courses, promotes positive risk-taking and assists girls in developing professional networks.

Ms. Hahn-Murphy worked with the Girls Inc. Eureka! team to coordinate this event. This was the second year PCOM hosted students from the program. This event is one of several pathway programs organized by the PCOM Office of Diversity and Community Relations that aims to introduce careers in STEM-related fields to students in the area.

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