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The GRITS (Girls Raised In Tennessee Science) Collaborative Project collectively pulls resources together to build a stronger community across Tennessee in support of girls and women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The founding program, GRITS, was established through a National Science Foundation dissemination grant supporting research on gender in science and engineering. The GRITS Collaborative Project wants Tennessee to be the premier state in the nation for women with STEM degrees and STEM careers. We hope that it will become the norm and tradition for girls and women in the south, and especially in Tennessee, to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics education and careers.

The GRITS Collaborative Project will serve all 95 counties in Tennessee. The Collaborative will bring together programs, resources, and organizations that are committed to supporting and encouraging more Tennessee girls to enter the STEM education pipeline and to successfully complete STEM degree programs. The Collaborative will strengthen and unify efforts to provide for a broader and more meaningful impact of services across Tennessee. The diversity of collaborative partners across Tennessee will enable us to utilize a wealth of resources and networks that support girls and women in STEM. GRITS Collaborative Project will provide a focused effort on STEM for girls and women in Tennessee and thus will enhance economic, employment, and career opportunities for girls and women in STEM.

Lead Contact

  • Dr. Judith Iriarte-Gross
    Professor of Chemistry
    Director, MTSU EYH and GRITS
    Middle Tennessee State University
    MTSU P. O. Box X161
    Murfreesboro, TN 37132
    ph 615.904.8253
    fax 615.898.5182

Leadership Team

  • Judith Iriarte-Gross, Ph.D.
    Project Director, Girls Raised In Tennessee Science Collaborative Project
    Director, MTSU Expanding Your Horizons Conference and of GRITS
    Faculty Advisor, MTSU WISE (Women In Science and Engineering)
    Professor of Chemistry
  • Karen Claud
    Assistant Director, GRITS and GRITS Collaborative Project
    Middle Tennessee State University
  • Sandra Burke
    Community Volunteer/Advocate
  • Ayne Cantrell, Ph.D.
    President of AAUW, Murfreesboro Branch
    Emeritus Professor of English
  • Tom Cheatham, Ph.D.
    Dean, College of Basic and Applied Sciences, Middle Tennessee State University
  • Linda Jordan
    K-12 Science Coordinator
    Tennessee Department of Education
  • Mary Moore
    Technologist II, Eastman Chemicals
    American Chemical Society Career Consultant
  • Sheila Moses
    Academic Services Coordinator, Herff College of Engineering
    University of Memphis
  • Jennifer Rawls
    Executive Director of the Tennessee Economic Council of Women
  • Staff
    Girl Scout Council of Middle Tennessee
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