Hanchey Works With Rural-Urban Project

Dr. Cindy Meyer Hanchey, Wheeler associate professor of computer science at Oklahoma Baptist University, attended the first meeting for the Midwestern Rural-Urban Collaborative Project as a member of the project’s Champions Board.

The goal of the Midwestern Rural-Urban Collaborative Project, which is funded by the National Science Foundation, is to bring together organizations committed to informing and motivating girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

“I was invited to participate based on my expertise and research interests in gender issues related to math and computing,” said Hanchey. “According to the grant proposal funded by the National Science Foundation, ‘the Champions Board will include distinguished members from industry, retail and educational institutions’.”

“A Champions Board member serves in an advisory capacity,” said Hanchey. “We provide suggestions about activities for conferences, people and organizations to invite to participate, and resources available in the STEM areas.

“I am in the process of acquiring contact information for interested people and organizations in Oklahoma to encourage them to apply for mini-grants,” she said.

Approved programs will be able to apply for $1,000 mini-grants to help them develop activities and projects that will enhance the delivery of STEM programs to girls from Missouri, Kansas and northeast Oklahoma.

For more information regarding the Midwestern Rural-Urban Collaborative Project visit their website http://www.missouristate.edu/mru/home.

Questions may be directed to Hanchey at 405-878-3284 or cindy.hanchey@okbu.edu.