By Amanda Kim Stairrett

Killeen Daily Herald

The science, technology, engineering and math industries are typically dominated by men, and Fort Hood officials are seeking women in those fields to be honored by the Defense Department.

Nominations are sought for the department's Women's History Month Foreign Language and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Role Model Award.

The post's Equal Employment Opportunity Office, which serves the civilian work force, and the Equal Opportunity Office, which serves the military population, are accepting nomination packets through Monday.

The award recognizes service members and Defense Department civilian employees who supported the department's mission, global war on terrorism or "whose activities best epitomize the core values of their respective military service or organization" from March 2006 through January 2009.

The Fort Hood offices will vet the nominations and submit them to the Defense Department.

The nomination packet must include a narrative explaining the nominee's accomplishments and a biography.

Women make up 55 percent of the Fort Hood civilian work force, said Clementine Lewis, of the Equal Employment Opportunity Office, yet less than 20 percent of the science, technology, engineering and math jobs are held by women.

Women are under-represented in those fields and the award provides visibility to them, Lewis said.

One in four new jobs will focus on technology or involve computers by 2010, according to information from the American Association of University Women's Web site,

"However, women still lag far behind in earning computer technology degrees and working in computer technology-related professions," reads information from the site.

"If women and members of other traditionally under-represented groups joined the (science, technology, engineering and math) work force in proportion to their representation in the overall labor force, the shortage of (science, technology, engineering and math) professionals would disappear."

For more information on the nomination requirements and award criteria, contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Office at (254) 287-1245 or the Equal Opportunity Office at (254) 286-5290.

Contact Amanda Kim Stairrett at or (254) 501-7547.

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