As the American workplace continues to become more high-tech, employees with strong backgrounds in mathematics and science will be in high demand. And, researchers say, a diverse population is needed to address society’s most pressing problems and make progress toward future advances.

To spark interests in these fields of study among girls, the Expanding Your Horizons conference will be held on April 20, at 9 a.m. in White Hall on the West Virginia University downtown campus. The conference is open to girls in grades 6-8.

Enthusiastic female mathematicians, scientists and engineers who serve as role models and possible future mentors, will share their knowledge and experience with the students and answer questions about science, technology, engineering, and math careers. Four fun and challenging hands-on activities will help the students discover the excitement in the growing fields of science and math.

Sample student workshops include: robot sumo wrestling, scientific chef-an exploration in cooking, how to become a legal drug dealer, and physics out of thin air.

Free, adult workshops will also be available and include discussion of science opportunities at NASA, how to encourage children to develop an interest in science, and information on college admissions and financial aid.

A light continental breakfast and a lunch will be provided.

The conference is sponsored by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, Division of Science and Research and organized by the West Virginia Chapter of the Association for Women in Science.

Linda Vona-Davis, Ph.D, adjunct associate professor in the WVU Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center will be the keynote speaker.

Thanks to Expanding Your Horizons sponsors, the student fee is $5 and the adult program is free.

Space is limited. Registration deadline ends Friday, April 12.

Register online or download the registration form and the EYH release form here to secure a spot or visit:

For more information, contact Amy Keesee, AWIS-WV chapter president, at 304-293-5113 or



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