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University of Iowa News Release

June 13, 2003

Engineering Holds Academy For High School Students June 15-20

The University of Iowa College of Engineering will sponsor its annual Ace Academy math, science and engineering session for 21 talented local high school students June 15-20 in Iowa City and the Quad Cities.

The program immerses a diverse group of talented students, as recommended by their teachers, in an in-depth study of math and science in the hope of providing opportunities for Quad City and Iowa City area students, including those underrepresented in the field of engineering. Among other activities, the program establishes partnerships with local Quad City and Iowa City schools, industries, businesses and community programs, as well as the UI College of engineering.

Gwen Archibald, graduate assistant in the UI College of Engineering, notes that a major goal is to make a positive difference in the lives of the students and, eventually, in the work force in the Quad Cities and Iowa City. Participants receive mentors who correspond with them on such issues as leadership, higher education and science-related careers long after the formal Ace Academy session has ended.

Ace Academy is sponsored by Alcoa and the UI College of Engineering.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Gary Galluzzo, University of Iowa News Services 319-384-0009,