On Friday, Nov. 9, 585 seventh- and eighth-grade girls will travel to the
University of Missouri-Rolla campus to learn how fun science, mathematics,
engineering and technology can be.
Girls who attend the eighth annual Expanding Your Horizons (EYH), a one-day
conference to be held at UMR, will interact with women working in traditionally
male occupations, participate in hands-on workshops, meet other young women
with similar interests, and learn about career opportunities for women in
mathematics, engineering, science and technology.
Attendees will participate in four sessions, including two hands-on
workshops, a career panel led by Dr. Kitty Bickford of Rolla Middle School,
Carla Bates, a programmer analyst expert from UMR information technology, and
Sarah Welch, a business technology analyst for UMR information technology; and
a keynote speech by UMR mechanical engineering graduate Amy Hackler Wilson,
senior project manager for Bibb and Associates Inc.
EYH offers participants 14 different hands-on workshop topics to choose
from, including “Taking a Walk on the Wild Side," “Going Global with
Scientific Careers and “What’s Up Doc," a segment hosted by a Rolla
physician and UMR graduate.
Laura Grentz, coordinator of distance and continuing education at UMR, says
the goal f the conference is to enhance young women’s confidence so they may
succeed in math and science studies.
“We hope that by providing young women with information, role models and
positive hands-on experiences at EYH, they will become more interested in and
aware of careers in math, science, engineering and technology," Grentz
For more information on Expanding Your Horizons, contact UMR’s distance and
continuing education office at 573-341-6576.