Northwestern program wins White House honor

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CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois program that provides mentoring to minority high school girls interested science and health careers has been given a White House award.

CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois program that provides mentoring to minority high school girls interested science and health careers has been given a White House award.

The Women’s Health Science Program for High School Girls and Beyond is a four-year-old program at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. It won the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.

The program targets African American and Latina girls from disadvantaged backgrounds in Chicago. The young women can study at four different Northwestern academies: cardiology, physical science, infectious disease and oncofertility. The girls’ science program is part of the Institute for Women’s Health Research at the Feinberg School.

President Barack Obama says mentoring programs play a key role in the development of the nation’s workforce.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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