Astrophysicist will keynote Oct. 28 girls’ math-sc...

Astrophysicist will keynote Oct. 28 girls’ math-science event at MTSU; register today

Registration is underway for the 21st annual Expanding Your Horizons in Math and Science at MTSU, and organizers say middle school and high school girls should act early to secure their place.

Expanding Your Horizons, or EYH, will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, on campus.

The registration fee is $20, which includes lunch, and scholarship assistance is available. The deadline to register is Friday, Sept. 15, or when maximum capacity has been reached.

To register, go to A link to a parent/guardian release form is included.

Expanding Your Horizons, or EYH, in math and science registration begins

MTSU Concrete Industry Management Director Heather Brown, right, discusses the process for making concrete with girls attending a recent Expanding Your Horizons in Math and Science event at MTSU. (MTSU file photo by Randy Weiler)

EYH helps girls and young women investigate science and mathematics careers, talk with women in math and science, attend a science and math workshop with their peers, participate in hands-on activities and meet girls interested in math and science.

EYH at MTSU is available for girls in middle school, including grades 5 to 8, and high school grades 9 to 12. Up to 250 middle school girls and up to 100 high school girls are welcome to attend the event.

Astrophysicist Kelly Holley-Bockelmann, an associate professor of astronomy at Vanderbilt University, will be the keynote speaker.

Dr. Kelly Holley-Bockelmann

Dr. Kelly Holley-Bockelmann

As a first-generation college graduate from a family that sometimes lived below the poverty level, Holley-Bockelmann has a deep interest in broadening the participation of women, minorities and first-generation college students in science.

She is co-director of the Fisk-to-Vanderbilt Master’s-to-Ph.D. Bridge Program, which is designed to mentor a diverse group of graduate students to develop the skills needed to succeed as a doctoral scientist.

Holley-Bockelmann joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 2007. She earned her bachelor’s degree in physics at Montana State University and doctorate in astronomy in 1999 at the University of Michigan. She performed postdoctoral work at Case Western Reserve University and the University of Massachusetts.

In 2004, she joined the Center for Gravitational Wave Physics at Pennsylvania State University, where she became a big fan of gravitational waves and attended many talks on loop quantum gravity. Her main interests are in computational galaxy dynamics, various black holes and gravitational waves.

Holley-Bockelmann is a recipient of a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award and Vanderbilt Chancellor Faculty Fellow, and NASA has supported her work. Her research on growing supermassive black holes and rogue black holes has been featured in many online and print media outlets.

For more information about EYH at MTSU, visit, email or call 615-904-8253.

— Randy Weiler (



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