University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations

October 27, 2005
Contact: Toccara Brown, USA Office of Public Relations, (251) 460-6637

USA Math and Science Conference Targets Local Middle School Girls

"CSI at USA" - Medical sciences graduate student Khair Elzarra analyzes hair, fiber, and fingerprints in a CSI demonstration with Jacquayle Dailey of Phillips Preparatory School, Octavia Brown of Calloway-Smith Middle School, and Kayla Van Cleave of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School during the 2005 Expanding Your Horizons conference. More than 200 middle school girls from 41 area schools in conjunction with faculty, staff and students from USA participated in this year's conference, which promotes math, science and engineering careers.

The University of South Alabama recently welcomed more than 200 middle school girls from 41 area schools during the Expanding Your Horizons conference—a hands-on conference designed to increase young women’s interest in math, science and engineering.

Hosted by the USA Women in Science, the conference featured 39 different hands-on workshops that were assisted by USA faculty members and students. Area teachers, businesses and organizations also volunteered for the daylong event.

Expanding Your Horizons is a national program developed by the Math/Science Network. It is designed to involve young women who have limited access to positive math/science experiences, foster their awareness of career opportunities in scientific and technical fields, and provide them with role models who are active in scientific and technical careers.

Funding for the conference was made possible by The J.L. Bedsole Foundation, USA Women in Science, Alabama Space Grant Consortium, Society of Women Engineers, USA colleges and departments, Syngenta, Mary J. Larkins Charitable Foundation, and VWR Scientific.

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