Southern California Gas Company Gives $5,000 for Mathematics Program

Money will benefit free summer program for girls at UC Riverside that focuses on mathematics

Pam Clute illuminated by an overhead projector while speaking to a class

Pamela Clute, special assistant to the chancellor

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — The Alpha Center at UC Riverside has received $5,000 from Southern California Gas Company for the center’s Girls Excelling in Mathematics with Success (GEMS) summer program.

GEMS is a summer program for girls going into seventh or eighth grade. It is designed to provide a stimulating learning experience so that mathematics is seen as interesting, relevant and related to success in life. GEMS nurtures positive attitudes in girls as they learn about mathematics, community service, and are exposed to successful women from the past and the present.

Students are provided with materials, supplies and gifts that enhance their learning. An awards ceremony concludes the program. GEMS is free but students must attend all five days. It is sponsored by Athena of Riverside, the UC Riverside ALPHA Center Southern California Gas Company, through its SoCalGas 2013 Education Initiative.

The program, which is led by Pamela Clute, assistant vice chancellor of educational and community engagement at UC Riverside and executive director of the ALPHA Center, is held annually at UC Riverside. This year it will be held 9 a.m. to noon July 7 to 11. Also this year the program will be held from 9 a.m. to noon June 23 to 27 at UC Riverside’s Palm Desert Center.

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