Radford University hosting Summer Bridge program for high school science girls

RADFORD, Va. (WDBJ7) High school girls from around the region are spending the week at Radford University getting some unique science education.

The Summer Bridge program explores science and technology and how they can be used in the real world.

The program offers four main areas of study.

This full collegiate experience and immersion can help the students plan out educational and career paths.

Fifteen-year old Hanna McCarthy from Loudoun County explained, "I love criminal things and I want to do either criminal law or business when I'm older and I like seeing all the options in that field and I felt like this would give me a great experience in seeing what I could do in criminal law."

Eighteen-year old Hayley Hillison from Cary, N.C. added, "When I figured out that Radford was a small college and it had a program like this, I was like, 'Oh that would be a great college to go to.' This is my second year returning...and it's actually been a great help for me to see that this is something that I actually really love and want to do."

The students said the classes being all women makes it less intimidating than when there are boys present.

Hillison said, "This is a great way to get girls and women to see what it's like to be scientists without the pressure of being in a room with guys who might try to overpower them."

McCarthy added, "Back at home I don't see many people, especially females, that interested in science and math at my school, but coming here and see a whole bunch of females be as active and engaged in the program is amazing to see."