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MSMU to Host Math and Science Conference for Middle School Girls

Jan. 30, 2006 -- Hundreds of middle school girls in Los Angeles will attend the Expanding Your Horizons math and science conference on the Doheny Campus on Saturday, March 25 to study real-life scenarios from crime scene investigation to satellites in outer space.

Math/Science Interchange, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting science and math education for girls, will be holding their annual Expanding Your Horizons in Science and Mathematics Career Conference at Mount Saint Mary’s University, Doheny Campus, 10 Chester Place, Los Angeles, 90007. The conference is organized by women working in math and science research and education at institutions including the RAND Corporation, St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Cal State Northridge, Mount Saint Mary’s University, and Loyola Marymount University.

Twenty-five Los Angeles area women who work in math- and science-related careers will present hands-on workshops for conference participants. Girls in grades five through eight may choose from many workshops in such fields as veterinary medicine, civil engineering, theoretical physics, and chemistry. A separate program for parents, teachers, and counselors includes workshops on how to nurture prospective young scientists and how to obtain financial aid for college expenses. For more information on registration and workshop times, please see the conference Website: http://www.ExpandingYourHorizonsLA.org.

Women and minorities are typically underrepresented in the fields of math, science, and engineering. Girls often lose interest in and stop taking math and science courses earlier than boys. The long-term result of this decision is that girls have fewer career options available to them. The Expanding Your Horizons in Science and Mathematics Career Conference seeks to encourage young women’s interest in math and science and to keep their career options open.

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