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Dean Paul S. Peercy: K-12 outreach initiatives

Participants in the 2011 National Science Olympiad tournament on the UW-Madison campus.

Participants in the 2011 National Science Olympiad tournament on the UW-Madison campus. Photo: David Nevala. 

Peercy is a passionate supporter of promoting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) topics to the next generation of college students.

Peercy launched a program called Young Scientists of America (YSA) to bring undergraduate volunteers to after-school programs in Wisconsin middle and high schools. The undergraduates helped more than two-dozen area schools form teams and compete in the Wisconsin Science Olympiad. The YSA work culminated in hosting the National Science Olympiad tournament at UW-Madison in May 2011, bringing more than 6,000 students, teachers, parents and volunteers to campus. 

Other programs such as Camp Badger and the Engineering Summer Program promote engineering awareness and readiness for hundreds of middle and high school students, many of them from underrepresented populations. Peercy also helped launch a partnership with Rockwell Automation to support six full scholarships annually for qualified Milwaukee students from diverse backgrounds.
 

Brian Mattmiller
2/8/2012