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Larissa Vingilis-Jaremko.

The Canadian Association for Girls in Science (CAGIS) is an association run by girls for girls. It began in 1992 when Larissa Vingilis-Jaremko, then age 9, noticed that her friends lacked an interest in science and research. In response, she decided to start a club dedicated to science, technology, engineering, and math. During the past 11 years, thousands of young girls from age 7 to 16 from across Canada have joined, whether as part of a local chapter or as a virtual member. In addition to ongoing exchanges via the Web site, monthly meetings with scientists help keep members in the know.

CAGIS has been awarded the 2004 Michael Smith Award by NSERC. It was one of the two organizational winners for outstanding achievement in the promotion of science in Canada. Named after the late Canadian biochemist and Nobel Laureate, the prizes are sponsored annually by NSERC.

For more on CAGIS and its founder, please turn to p. 22.
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Title Annotation:Distinction; Canadian Association for Girls in Science (CAGIS)
Publication:Canadian Chemical News
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1CANA
Date:Mar 1, 2005
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