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Grad Student Recognized for Science Outreach to Girls

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Jennifer Johnson, a Clemson graduate student in civil engineering, was recently honored with an MLK Excellence in Service Award. Johnson was recognized for her involvement with Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) and its outreach program, “It’s a Girl Thing.” She has visited middle schools and conducted hands-on projects to educate young girls in the field of civil engineering.

Johnson served as head counselor for the WISE Experience, an orientation program for incoming women who have been accepted as engineering and science majors, and is a volunteer for the FIRST Robotics and FIRST LEGO League Competitions. Johnson also finds time to be a volunteer coach for an underprivileged youth basketball camp in Hilton Head. Last year, she received an Outstanding Woman Award from Clemson’s President’s Commission on the Status of Women and an Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, given “in recognition of the recipient's influence for good, excellence in maintaining high ideals of living and genuine and disinterested service to others.”

The university seeks nominations of individuals who exemplify serving the university or surrounding communities and promote social and environmental justice advocacy and advancement of the community. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Excellence in Service Awards are presented by the president's office, and the award selection process is coordinated by Chief Diversity Officer Leon Wiles.

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