Expanding Your Horizons

Held on a Saturday in March, this is a day-long conference for young women in middle school. This program brings over 220 young women, in grades six through eight, and approximately 50 adults from all over Kansas to the ESU campus for hands-on workshops and career discussions led by women professionals in scientific and mathematical careers.

The participants may select three career discussions from a list of approximately 20 choices, such as computer scientist, veterinarian, aerospace engineer, mathematician, and geologist. In the afternoon the girls attend two hands-on workshops such as "dental forensics", "love at first byte", "pollution sleuth", "spices, herbs, and perfumes", "physics toys", and "a bridge toward your future-civil engineering".

Approximately 50 Kansan professional women volunteer their time for this event each year. The parents and teachers attending the conference have a separate program to assist them in learning strategies for encouraging young women in science and mathematics. Also all participants hear presentations from two national speakers, one at the opening ceremony for the conference and one after the luncheon buffet. At the end of the day each participant receives a special Expanding Your Horizons t-shirt which was designed specifically for Emporia State's EYH conference.

The evaluations from both the young women and the adults are outstanding. While such conferences are held throughout the country ESU is the only current host of an EYH conference in Kansas. In 2004, ESU celebrated its EYH's tenth anniversary. It has acquired such an excellent reputation that the 220 openings are filled less than two weeks after application forms are sent all over the state. Those not accepted are put on an early mailing list for the next year's conference.