Girls Raised In Tennessee Science


Girls Raised in Tennessee Science (GRITS)

"No less should be expected of females because of their gender." -- LP, Biology Major

A new southern tradition is being started at Middle Tennessee State University and we are not talking about a southern breakfast favorite. We are talking about the math and science future of teen women across the state of Tennessee.

The major goal of GRITS is to disseminate information about science, technology, engineering and math ( STEM) education and careers to young women in middle and high school, parents, teachers and guidance counselors.

Through a variety of activities and programs, GRITS offers support and guidance to exploring and understanding the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and careers.

We strongly encourage parents and educators to explore the information on our website. Research has shown that parents and teachers can be a major influence on the success of children’s educational and career pursuits. Women in STEM careers often cite parents and teachers as being an important part of their reason for choosing a career in the science, technology, engineering or math field.

We asked women in STEM degree programs, "What advice would you give educators (teachers, guidance counselors, etc.) to help girls achieve success in math and science areas?" Here are a few of their comments:

"Encouragement is the key. I know, from my own experience, that the enthusiasm and encouragement that I got from my teachers and counselor helped me to pursue my passion."

"Help the girls to understand it. I was interested in science because it was my easy subject. If you can make it come easy to them, they will like it."

GRITS is under the direction of:

Dr. Judith Iriarte-Gross
Director of GRITS
Professor of Chemistry

Cacy DeSheles, Assistant Director