May 8th, 2009

me: ooh!

omgomgomg. OMG!!!

Earlier this week, I received a random e-mail asking if I would be willing to participate in a large regional summer school run by one of the best sixth-form colleges in the UK. (This is a different summer school from the one I posted about previously, which will take place at Imperial.)

I wrote back expressing my interest and the kinds of activities I would be able to run.

I returned to my desk after a most satisfying lunch to find my offer accepted and a guarantee that everything I'd requested would be provided - accommodation, meals, travel expenses and minions technicians.

At the end of the e-mail, the coordinator added this:

I don't know if you would be interested but I am also looking for female presenters for a 'Girls into Physics' day I'm organising on Mon 22nd June. It would involve giving a short presentation to approx 80 girls on what you do and the career possibilities for girls taking Physics as a subject. This will be followed by break out groups to chat to any that want to ask questions etc. We are meeting at 9.30 for a 10.00 start and the presentation part and break out groups will finish approx 12.30pm.

What I'm not going to write back, but expresses how I feel:

Am I interested? Am I interested? Doing this kind of thing is what keeps me in love with my job. If I can be as inspirational to younger women with an interest in science as my mentors have been, and continue to be, for me, I will go to my grave believing that I spent my life well. So yes. I'm interested.