URI hosts annual Sugar Science Day for high school girls

Media Contact: Tony LaRoche, 401-874-4894 |

WHAT: The fourth annual Sugar Science Day will bring 75 Rhode Island high school girls to the Kingston campus to study the chemistry of sugar for the day. The event promotes science literacy and encourages girls to pursue science and other STEM fields. Students will take part in numerous experiments, such as examining the amount of sugar in soft drinks, designing fuel from sugar for handmade rockets, and making and eating their own ice cream using liquid nitrogen. The event is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

WHO: URI Associate Professor of Chemistry Mindy Levine, winner of a Women Chemists Committee Rising Star Award and the Sessler Early Career Researcher Prize, is committed to increasing the number of female students pursuing chemistry and other sciences. She also hosts the weeklong Chemistry Camp for Middle School Girls at URI during April school vacation week and has conducted outreach programs at area schools.

WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: University of Rhode Island campus, Multicultural Student Services Center, 74 Lower College Road, Kingston

To make coverage arrangements, contact Tony LaRoche, URI Marketing and Communications, at (401) 874-4894 or anthony_laroche@uri.edu.