MORGANTOWN, W.Va. 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 Saturday April 12 in Hamblin Hall at West Virginia State University in Dunbar, WV. 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: Soaring Science, Explore Mars, and Crash Course in Coding.
Free, adult workshops will also be available, including “The Admissions and Financial Aid Process,” and “How To Encourage Your Daughter’s Interest in Science.”
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.
The keynote speaker will be Dr. Barbara Liedl, an Associate Research Professor with WVSU’s Gus R. Douglass Land Grant Institute. Leidl is a geneticist who is currently working on breeding greenhouse tomatoes for improved flavor and pest resistance.
Thanks to Expanding Your Horizons sponsors, the student fee is $5 and the adult program is free.
Space is limited. Registration deadline is Thursday, April 10.
Register online or download the registration form at: http://www.expandingyourhorizons.org/conferences/WestVirginia/.