Debbie Illk, Dental Hygiene Instructor from Flint Hills Technical College, instructs students how to make dental molds.
Debbie Illk, Dental Hygiene Instructor from Flint Hills Technical College, shows students how to make dental molds.
Marcia Schulmeister, Professor of Geology at ESU, teaches students about groundwater principles.
Marcia Schulmeister, Professor of Geology at ESU, teaches students about groundwater principles.
Students observe how fish school by conducting an experiment given by Erika Martin, ESU Biological Sciences.
Students observe how fish school by conducting an experiment given by Erika Martin, ESU Biological Sciences.
ESU nursing students show participants how to find and take someone's pulse.
ESU nursing students show participants how to find and take someone's pulse.
Maureen Ruhlman helps students identify different types of rocks and minerals in her
Maureen Ruhlman helps students identify different types of rocks and minerals in her "All That Glitters Is Not Gold" workshop.
Bonnie Johnson, Areospace Engineer and Owner/President of Merkel Airplane Co., shared her passion of STEM subjects during her talk titled,
Bonnie Johnson, Areospace Engineer and Owner/President of Merkel Airplane Co., shared her passion of STEM subjects during her talk titled, "Passion, Perseverance and Puzzles."

Enhancing Your Future

Funded by a special request to the Kansas Legislature

Every year 220 young women in grades 6 through 8 from the state of Kansas come to Emporia State University to take part in Enhancing Your Future With Mathematics and Science. This STEM outreach program is held every year on the first Saturday in March. Approximately 50 women professionals from the state of Kansas volunteer their time every year to make the event a success.   

During the day, students participate in career discussions and hands-on workshops led by women professionals in science and mathematics careers. Students choose from an extensive list of career discussion sessions such as: Mathematics Professor: More than Numbers; Dentist: Drills, Frills and other Thrills; Field Biologist: Cool Girls Play In the Mud; and Volcanologist: An Exploding Good Time. The hands-on workshop session topics are also extensive, including: It’s a Zoo Out There; What’s Up Doc?; Getting Into the Game; and Let’s Take Flight.

Students also hear presentations from two speakers, one at the opening ceremony and the other after the luncheon. All participants receive an Enhancing Your Future t-shirt designed specifically for the conference at the end of the day.

Parents and teachers are encouraged to attend as well. The concurrent adult program includes separate sessions where the focus is on learning strategies for encouraging young women to pursue careers in science and mathematics as well as observe the hands-on workshops. 

Emporia State University has hosted the conference every year for more than 20 years and is the first university in the state to offer such a program. EYF has acquired such a reputation that the 220 spots are often filled in less than two weeks after the application forms are sent out so send in your form and registration fee as soon as possible. Preference is given to those who have not previously attended. On-site registrations will not be accepted; you must preregister. Those not accepted are put on an early mailing list for the following year’s conference.

For more information about the program, contact the Department of Mathematics & Economics at Emporia State University at 620-341-5281 or click on the brochure link below. 


EYF’s Goals:

To increase young women’s interest in science and mathematics

To foster awareness of career opportunities in mathematics- and science-related fields

To provide young women with an opportunity to meet and form personal contacts with
women working in mathematics- and science-related careers


2018 Program Specifics:

Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018

Time:  8:00am - 3:30pm

Where: Emporia State University

Registration Deadline: February 2, 2018

Cost: $15 for students, $25 for adults

Brochure link: 

Number of registrations already received: