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More area women study in male-dominated fields

Science, technology, engineering, math draw interest

12:18 AM, Jan. 21, 2013
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh junior Kelsey Paltzer, a chemistry major with a biomolecular emphasis, gets an experiment ready in a chemistry lab.
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh junior Kelsey Paltzer, a chemistry major with a biomolecular emphasis, gets an experiment ready in a chemistry lab.
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As one of the 10 female welding students in a program with 124 males, Amber Kraemer can tell you a thing or two about perseverance.

She initially pursued a degree from Fox Valley Technical College in the field, which increasingly relies on robotics, programming and mathematics, because of its positive career prospects and what she sees as an appealing marriage of science and art.

"It's intimidating (stepping into a male-dominated field), but it also gives me something to prove that I can do it," Kraemer, 32, said. "It's motivation to do better, and most of the time I can probably weld better ...

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