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Karen Wittman helps a student lift fingerprints from a glass jar during her
Karen Wittman helps a student lift fingerprints from a glass jar during her "So You Want to be a Forensic Scientist?" workshop.
A student shows off a mold she made during the
A student shows off a mold she made during the "Dental Dynamics" workshop.
An ESU nursing student shows a young lady how to properly take a patients blood pressure in the
An ESU nursing student shows a young lady how to take a patient's blood pressure properly in the "Nursing: Dream It, Believe It, Achieve It" workshop.
Leah Childers, Pittsburg State mathematics professor, guides students through a math game during her workshop titled, "Let's Play SET!"
Adelaide Akers, ESU mathematics professor, helps a student during her
Adelaide Akers, ESU mathematics professor, helps a student during her "Mobius Magic" workshop.
Students stir sugar into water in preparation of making a rainbow during the
Students stir sugar into water in preparation of making a rainbow during the "Colorful Chemistry" workshop.

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 will celebrate 25 years of hosting EYF in 2019 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


2019 Program Specifics:

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019 (Note the change in date this year. Due to Memorial Union scheduling we had to change the date this year.)

Time:  8:00am - 3:30pm

Where: Emporia State University

Registration Deadline: February 15, 2019

Cost: $25 for students, $35 for adults (Due to a new per room usage fee at Memorial Union, we had to increase fees this year.)

Refund/Substitution Deadline: March 15, 2019

Brochure link: Link

Number of registrations already received: 220--We are full. We are no longer accepting registrations.