Santa Fe, NM -(AmmoLand.com)- New Mexico Department of Game and Fish trout biologist Jill Wick is one of 17 New Mexico women featured on a calendar distributed statewide to encourage girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.
About 3,000 of the 16-month calendars recently were delivered to middle and high school math and science teachers for display in classrooms around the state. Wick is featured in the month of May.
Wick, 36, is the department’s Gila trout biologist. She credits her dad for instilling in her a love of nature and wildlife by taking her hiking, camping and fishing while growing up in Two Rivers, Wis. She later discovered she was interested in the sciences after taking an extra biology class as an elective in high school.
Wick earned her bachelor’s degree in wildlife ecology from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point. She holds a master’s degree in natural resource and environmental science from Alabama A&M University.
She said it is an honor to serve as a role model for young girls.
“It’s great to be able to show them that there really are cool jobs out there that they’re capable of doing,” she said.
The calendar is distributed by the New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge, a nonprofit educational organization that sponsors an annual computational science competition for New Mexico middle and high school students. To learn more about the Supercomputing Challenge and order a calendar, please visit their website at www.supercomputingchallenge.org.
About the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish:
To provide and maintain an adequate supply of wildlife and fish within the State of New Mexico by utilizing a flexible management system that provides for their protection, propagation, regulation, conservation, and for their use as public recreation and food supply.
For more information, visit: www.wildlife.state.nm.us.