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As part of a major oncofertility project at Northwestern, the girls are exploring the medical field of oncofertility, which seeks to ensure the fertility of young women with cancerWith activities ranging from fertilizing mice to observing surgery, an innovative new education program is immersing Chicago high school girls in the excitement of medical careers. As part of a major oncofertility project at Northwestern, the girls are exploring the medical field of oncofertility, which seeks to ensure the fertility of young women with cancer.

The Oncofertility Saturday Academy is sponsored by the Office of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Partnerships (OSEP), which was initiated by the School of Education and Social Policy. The Center for Reproductive Science is supporting OSEP in its partnership with the Oncofertility Consortium to offer workshops in Illinois, Oregon and California. One overriding goal is to encourage future generations of oncofertility specialists.

Scientific research, laboratory and health care experiences highlighted the three sessions in February for 27 junior and senior girls from the Young Women's Leadership Charter School of Chicago. In labs on the Evanston campus, junior girls in the first year of the program studied reproductive anatomy, isolating eggs and fertilizing animals. Working with faculty from Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, senior girls focused on human fertility and concluded with observing a surgery, ultrasound exam and video of a live birth. They explored topics including science careers, cryopreservation of human sperm and eggs, the ethics of storing embryos and working with human subjects.

The new Saturday Academy is encouraging high school girls' interest in oncology careers.
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SESP has developed a faculty and graduate student exchange program with the Sorbonne around the Learning Sciences Program. Scholars from both SESP and the Sorbonne will collaborate on advancing research and teaching.

SESP has developed a faculty and graduate student exchange program with the Sorbonne around the Learning Sciences Program