San Diego Girls Go Wild for Science

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.


About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.