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TitleSan Diego Girls Go Wild for Science
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USD Hosts Annual Expanding Your Horizons Conference

More than 400 local girls will have an opportunity to program a robot, analyze DNA like a crime sleuth, learn about marine animals and take part in many other exciting workshops at the Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) conference on Feb. 28.

The event for girls in sixth through 10th grades takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the University of San Diego in the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice and the Donald P. Shiley Center for Science and Technology.

“Interest in science and mathematics among girls has increased significantly,” said USD Professor of biology Mary Sue Lowery. “But while women make up 46 percent of the country’s workforce, they hold only 27 percent of jobs in engineering and science overall and only 12 percent of engineering jobs. It’s our hope that the conference expands girls’ horizons and helps them envision a future full of possibility.”

Along with USD professors, leading scientists, doctors, veterinarians and other professionals will volunteer their time for the event. Attendees will be split up into smaller groups led by USD students for a more personalized experience.  The program will kick off with a morning keynote session, two morning workshops, a lunch break, and one afternoon workshop prior to wrapping up with a final activity. 

Keynote speakers Drs. Cassondra Williams and Alexjandra Prieta-Davó will highlight opportunities for exploring the world as scientists by describing their projects in Antarctica and the Caribbean Sea.

The closing activity will ask the girls to reflect on their day’s learning and experiences by creating a mural and sending messages to schoolgirls in Jalalabad, Afghanistan studying science.

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Expanding Your Horizons is a national nonprofit organization of educators, scientists, mathematicians, parents, community leaders, and government and corporate representatives. Sponsors for this year’s San Diego conference include Qualcomm, Gen-Probe, General Atomic Sciences Education Foundation, Cubic Corp, and Northrop Grumman Corp.


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