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Sept. 26 Program Will Expand Girls' Horizons in Math and Science University News
For release: September 9, 2009

For press information, contact Shelia Moses, 901-678-4933

A hands-on program at the University of Memphis aims to encourage young women to explore mathematics and science. “Expanding Your Horizons,” for girls in grades 6¬ through 8, will be held Saturday, Sept. 26, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Herff College of Engineering.

The program will feature hands-on workshops in science, healthcare, engineering, computers, and more. Choices will include a balloon-rocket challenge, designing a house on the computer, studying heart functions by tracing a drop of blood, and exploring renewable energy by building a windmill.

Students will have a chance to talk to women professionals about careers in math and science. There also will be workshops for parents on topics such as educational preparation, student life, and financial aid.

The keynote speaker will be Audra Bares, project manager, medical affairs, for GTx Inc.

The registration deadline is Sept. 18. Registration is available online at

The fee for the conference is $12 and includes lunch.

For more information, contact Shelia Moses at 901-678-4933 or

Parking is available in the Central Avenue parking lot or in the garage adjacent to the Fogelman Executive Center on Innovation Drive, just off Central.

The conference is presented by the Herff College of Engineering and Expanding Your Horizons Network, with additional support from the American Association of University Women Memphis Branch, the U of M College of Communication and Fine Arts, and the U of M’s Center for Research on Women.

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