One Miss Utah Valley University contestant wants to make sure women are aware of opportunities available to them in non-traditional science fields and aims to help female students understand that they can succeed just as much, if not more than male students in those areas.
Rachel Kearl, a junior, is pursuing a triple major in chemistry, biology and biotechnology, and she also serves as the vice-president of the Science Association of Women. Her interest in the science started in early high school attending the Utah County Academy of Science (UCAS), where she graduated with her Associates in Science.
Kearl’s platform to encourage and support female students going into non-traditional scientific careers stems from her own love of science that was cultivated early when she got hooked on the ever changing nature of science - how she could continue building upon knowledge and how there was so much to explore.
“I wish that more girls would take advantage of the opportunities available to them, being here and having schools like UVU that can open the doors to these areas for them,” Kearl said. “I want them to be more willing and less afraid of these classes as well as understand how to get into these fields.”
She said she hopes girls get the message that they can do just as well, if not better, than the men in science, math, engineering and technology classes, and that they do have the power to graduate and make a large impact.
Kearl’s platform fits directly in-line with the Women in Technology initiative, a program supported by the Career and Technical Education Department.
Under the WIT initiative, coordinators serve as a support system for students training to enter careers in technology by providing positive role models, mentorships, career development, internships and networking opportunities.