Petit Family Foundation Supports Girls In STEM Conference

Petit Foundation gift to School of Engineering
The Petit Family Foundation donated to UConn’s eighth-grade girls in STEM conference, called Multiply Your Options, at a press conference on January 21, 2016. From left are: Johanna Chapman-Petit, Petit Family Foundation Board Member; Barbara Petit; Bill Petit Sr., Petit Family Foundation Vice President; Kevin McLaughlin, UConn School of Engineering Diversity Program Director; Abby O’Brien, Director of Development for Health Sciences at UConn Foundation; Dr. Bill Petit Jr., Petit Family Foundation President; and Kylene Perras, Program Director of Strategic Initiatives at UConn Engineering.

The Petit Family Foundation—dedicated to promoting STEM careers for young women—is helping eighth-grade girls learn from role models: top female UConn Engineering students and practicing engineers.

Its $11,000 gift brings together girls with an interest in science, technology, engineering and math (the STEM fields) with women who can help them accomplish their goals. In regular one-day conferences the eighth-graders work side-by-side with female undergraduate engineering students—who had the same questions just a few years ago—and accomplished female engineers.