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Russ College women join Margaret Boyd Scholars Program

By Elisabeth Weems | Jan 29, 2018
Two freshman Russ College women have been inducted into the Margaret Boyd Scholars Program.

Russ College women join Margaret Boyd Scholars Program

By Elisabeth Weems | Jan 29, 2018

Two first-year Russ College women have been inducted into the Ohio University Margaret Boyd Scholars Program, bringing its total membership, including program graduates, to 100. 

Freshmen Elizabeth Fowler, a mechanical engineering major, and Alexa Shust, a chemical engineering student with an interest in biomedical sciences, represent the Russ College in the 20-woman cohort. 

Since its inception in 2013, the Margaret Boyd Scholars Program has supported and connected female students from all colleges and majors throughout their time at OHIO, with a focus on cultivating leadership skills. The program, named after the first woman to earn a degree at OHIO in 1873, offers a first-year seminar, second-year residential program, third-year internship and fourth-year capstone seminar.

Fowler said the program is empowering and enables women from different disciplines to connect through shared experiences. “It gives you a well-rounded group of people to support you on campus,” Fowler said, saying 

This semester, both Fowler and Shust are enrolled in UC 2900, a special topics course about art, history and engineering.

Shust said she applied for the program to expand her horizons and connect with other women on campus, especially because women are underrepresented in STEM fields. According to the National Science Foundation, about 28 percent of professionals in science and engineering occupations in 2014 were women. 

“This is a way for me to get to know other women on campus, hear their views, and learn what they’re passionate about,” Shust said.

She offers some advice for anyone thinking about applying – noting that participating in the program can create lifelong friendships.  

“Don’t second-guess yourself,” she said.

Colleen Carow contributed to this story.