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April 17, 2002

IPS students bound for science at Spring Fest

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Double the number of Indianapolis Public School students who attend Purdue University to pursue careers in math and science. Make it educational, but make it fun.

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It's called Science Bound, a new partnership between Purdue and IPS, in which 50 seventh-grade students have been chosen to enter a five-year program designed attract and expose them to careers in engineering, science, math and technology. Special emphasis is placed on attracting underrepresented students. After completing the program, students will be offered a full scholarship to Purdue, where they can choose to study a math or science major.

Many of the students were on campus this weekend (4/13-14) for Purdue's annual Spring Fest and participated in a variety of interactive science-related events and activities that combined fun with hands-on learning.

The Science Bound program will include on-site in-service sessions and activities for students and educators, as well as the residential summer camps scheduled to be held this June and July.

Components of the program will include field trips, demonstrations, and after-school and weekend programs, in addition to summer camps. Each student also will be assigned a mentor, and regular meetings will be held to ensure the students are succeeding.

CONTACT: Jesica Webb, Purdue News Service marketing coordinator, (765) 494-2079,

Writer: Jeanne V. Norberg, (765) 494-2084,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

Jonathan Jacobs, a seventh grader at Cold Springs Middle School, Indianapolis, examines a millipede at Bug Bowl with Purdue President Martin C. Jischke as Olivia Djibo, a Purdue junior in aeronautics and astronautics looks on. Jacobs is among 50 seventh graders from the Indianapolis Public Schools who are enrolled in Science Bound, Purdue's new five-year program designed attract and expose IPS students to careers in engineering, science, math and technology. (Purdue News Service photo by Dave Umberger)

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