It may have been raining outside, but girls reigned supreme inside during the 21st Expanding Your Horizons in Math and Science Conference at MTSU Saturday, Feb. 10, in the Science Building and other university facilities.
Middle school and high school girls attended workshops, heard from mentors and keynote speaker Jennifer Williams, enjoyed hands-on experiences while learning about careers in science, technology, engineering and math and learned more about college life at MTSU.
Williams, who has been a part of EYH conferences since 2001 and now serves MTSU’s College of Basic and Applied Sciences as an academic adviser, spoke about their futures, including potential careers in the STEM disciplines.
“We discussed opportunities in STEM and what careers are available to them,” Williams said. “We discussed how they can start preparing now, as middle school and high school girls, to be successful in the future as they pursue their career goals.”
Williams’ informative talk included advice on taking plenty of math and science courses as early as possible and becoming a well-rounded individual by getting involved in organizations and clubs at their schools.
Chemistry professor Judith Iriarte-Gross, who is director of the MTSU WISTEM (Women in STEM) Center, is the EYH director.
“What a day,” Iriarte-Gross wrote in an email to EYH committee members Saturday night.
“We persisted and showed a lot of middle and high school girls a possible future in STEM careers.”
To learn more about EYH at MTSU, visit www.mtsu.edu/eyh.
— Randy Weiler (Randy.Weiler@mtsu.edu)