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Girls can learn about science and math careers at April 14 MSU conference

March 30, 2007 -- MSU News Service

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Don't be surprised if you send your daughter to Montana State University's Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) conference and she comes home testing your hot tub for scum. Or digging for archaeological artifacts in your backyard. Or talking about her career opportunities in science and math.

Set for April 14, the conference is designed to do just that, said Debbie Albin, who organizes the event through MSU's Extended University continuing education program. Through EYH, girls in grades 6, 7 and 8 get the chance to build robots, look inside a cow, make a necklace out of DNA and meet women who are studying or working in math and science careers.

"All the workshops are fast-paced, hands-on and fun," said Albin. "We want girls to see that there are women all around them who have fulfilling careers in fields like engineering, computers, biology and many others."

Expanding Your Horizons is a national program that is hosted locally by MSU Extended University and co-sponsored by MSU's Office of the Vice President for Research, Creativity and Technology Transfer. The keynote speakers are Susan Agre-Kippenham, the new dean of MSU's College of Arts and Architecture, and Terry Beaubois, director of the College's Creative Research Lab. They will talk about the marriage of math, science and art.

The program can accept 180 girls and usually fills to capacity. A $15 fee covers all materials, workshops and lunch. Girls must pre-register by calling Extended University at (406) 994-6683.

Debbie Albin, (406) 994-6685 or shanklin@montana.edu