Chemistry Professor and Science Majors Participated in High School STEM Recognition Program

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Dr. Helen Boylan, Westminster College associate professor of chemistry, and three science majors participated in Knoch High School's Recognition Night for Young Women of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) May 1 at Butler Community College.

The program honored 44 high school women, mostly juniors and seniors, for their potential in the STEM disciplines.  Westminster ranks first in the nation as the "Best College for Women in STEM," according to

Boylan delivered the keynote address, "Write Your Own Success Story."

Westminster chemistry majors Nicole George and Julie Rice and environmental science major Lauren Pierce led roundtable discussions, with an emphasis on majoring in STEM disciplines in college, with the honorees.

Boylan and the students presented a display on Sustainability in Motion, Westminster's outreach program on alternative energy.  Boylan is founder and director of the program and co-founder of "EDGE: Empowering Detective Girls Everywhere," a program to promote science and reading to middle school girls.

Boylan, a Westminster graduate who joined the faculty in 2001, earned a Ph.D. from Duquesne University.

George is a daughter of Jonathan and Lisa George of Valencia and a graduate of Mars Area High School.

Pierce is a daughter of John Pierce and Laurie Pierce, both of Harrisburg, and a graduate of Central Dauphin East High School.

Rice is a daughter of Paul and Diane Rice of Poland, Ohio, and a graduate of Poland Seminary High School.

Contact Boylan at (724) 946-6293 or email for additional information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Westminster, a top-tier liberal arts college, ranks third in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 6th among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 376 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 42 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

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(L-r) Lauren Pierce, Julie Rice, Nicole George, Dr. Helen Boylan