EYH Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why is there a need for a special conference just for young women?

“Girls continue to be underrepresented in critical fields related to math and science. They make up only a third of AP physics students...and only 15 percent of AP computer science classes. At the college level, less than 20 percent of engineering majors are women. The number of women with computer science degrees has dropped 25 percent since 1985.” — U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings' delivered remarks to the first National Summit on the Advancement of Girls in Math and Science in Washington, D.C. May 15, 2006.

A study by the American Association of University Women found that the critical years where girls lose interest in math and science are the 7-10th grade. Through fun, hands-on activities; education and career exploration; and peer support and professional mentors, the Sacramento State EYH conference aims to foster awareness and stimulate girls’ interests in STEM fields.

Is this conference just for girls or can boys attend too?

The focus of the Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) conference is to stimulate girls’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM); foster girls’ awareness of opportunities in math and science-related careers; and connect girls with professional women role models. Although the EYH Conference targets middle school girls, 6th-8th grade boys may also attend. Registration will be available to all on a first come, first served basis.

Does my child have to be in the 6th-8th grade to attend?

We must limit student participation to those in the 6th-8th grades. Because of the exceptionally high interest in this conference and limited space, we anticipate having to turn away as many applicants as we have space available. We hope to expand our future conference to include the 9th and 10th grades.

May fathers attend with their child?

Yes. We invite any primary caregiver to accompany his/her child and learn about exciting STEM education and career opportunities. The EYH conference will include special sessions for accompanying adults. Space is limited. Registration for accompanying adults will be offered on a first come, first served basis. Please note: due to limited space, only student participants may attend student workshops.

Are parents/caregivers required to accompany their children?

No. Students will be supervised in small groups (usually 5-7 girls per group) by EYH conference staff. Parents/caregivers are invited to attend as accompanying adults, however, space is limited. Only student participants may attend student workshops; special sessions will be held for accompanying adults.

What types of workshops are held?

At EYH conferences girls participate in fun and challenging, hands-on STEM focused activities predominantly led by women mathematicians, scientists and engineers.

By using local volunteers to lead workshops, girls meet with mathematicians, engineers and scientists who live and work in their own communities, who serve as role models at the conference and as possible mentors in the future. Check out our student workshops page for a workshops planned for our upcoming EYH Conference!