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Forty Utah junior high school girls next week will attend a summer camp aimed at boosting their interest in science and math. The three-day camp - which runs Sunday through Tuesday at Westminster College - is for eighth-grade girls interested in careers in math and science. Sponsored by the American Association of University Women and Westminster, the camp focuses on problem-solving skills using math, science and new technology. The is the first time Westminster has participated in the summer program meant to encourage young girls to take math and science courses throughout high school, according to Carolyn Connell, math professor and assistant dean of arts and sciences at the east Salt Lake City private liberal arts college. "We will cover a variety of topics - from careers to 'Yes, you should go to college' to what's up with bullying in high school,'' Connell said Friday. The girls also will spend time with women working in those fields, she said, and get a taste of college life by staying in Westminster dorms. The girls pay $25 each to attend, but the bulk of the costs are covered by a grant from the Math Association of America. Westminster is one of 10 schools that received money to hold the camp. - Shinika A. Sykes