The Expanding Your Horizons in Science and Mathematics™ career conference at the University of Notre Dame (EYHND) took place on Saturday, April 30. In its fourteenth year of the event, Notre Dame hosted nearly 300 sixth, seventh, and eighth grade girls from local area schools. The goals of EYH are: (1) to introduce girls to women with STEM careers; (2) to make the girls aware of STEM career opportunities to help them decide how to study these in high school and college; and (3) to provide them with personal contacts with women working in a wide variety of occupations.
To accomplish this, girls participated in hands-on workshops presented by women STEM professionals and in activities lead by 27 women undergraduates and graduate students from Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College. The conference is organized by a committee of ten women who use STEM in their careers. The committee is comprised of Notre Dame, Saint Mary's faculty, graduate students and community volunteers.
Prof. Ani Aprahamian, the Frank M. Friemann Professor of Physics, lead a workshop on nuclear energy and Japan.