Three Gray Stone students were recently selected from among statewide applicants for the prestigious Perry Initiative. This program is designed to inspire "young women to be leaders in the exciting fields of Orthopaedic Surgery and Engineering." The program consists of an intensive investigation of the fields of engineering or orthopaedics and is hosted by colleges and universities throughout the nation several times per year. Applicants were selected based on career interests and academic record. According to the Perry Initiative website ( ... Despite the increasing number of women entering medical and graduate school, women constitute only 12% of the academic faculty in orthopaedics and 7% of practicing orthopaedists, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Only 11% of the faculty at engineering schools are women, with that percentage being lower for mechanical engineering. Ilya Wang, Chloe Burks, and Shannon Efird have been selected to participate in the program being held at Wake Forest University. Join us in congratulating these fine young women.