Education & Technology Transfer Activities: 2002

Expanding Your Horizons in Math, Science, and Technology; Girls Lock-In Conference; Summer Solutions 2003




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School of Engineering

Principal Investigator

Michelle Schoenborn
University of Missouri-Rolla
212 ERL
Rolla, MO 65401

Student Involvement


Project Objective

"Expanding Your Horizons. . .in Math and Science" is a national program that was established by the Math and Science Network in 1976. UMR implemented the annual EYH conference in 2000 and today has served over 400 students. On Nov. 1, 2003, UMR will hosts its third conference for over 370 young women and 35 adults. This conference is designed to nurture girls' interest in science and math courses and to encourage them to consider science and math based career options such as engineering, computer science, and biometrics. EYH is an invitation for young women and teachers to visit the UMR campus and attend a keynote presentation by a successful woman engineer or scientist, participate in two hands-on math/science activities, and interact with maybe for the first time female students, faculty and practicing engineers and scientists who serve as positive role models.

Girls "Lock-In" Conferences is an opportunity for girls to camp out in a Residence Hall, learn more about studying math, science, and engineering at UMR, meet other prospective and current students, learn tips for financial aid and admission, and participate in friendly team projects. This conference is designed by students who are members of the UMR Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and the Women in Engineering and Science Program. Two lock-in dates are planned for this academic year, November 8-9, 2002 and February 28-March 1, 2003. This event is designed for up to forty junior and senior high school girls who have inquired or been accepted to UMR. A limited number of transfer students will be invited to participate.

Summer Solutions 2003 is a live-in weekend camp designed to give female students the experience of college life while learning more about career options in engineering, math, and science. Students will meet college students and professors, participate in team projects, and gain a better understanding of "what engineers and scientists really do and how".


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Task Description


Anticipated Benefits

The UMR-EYH conference, Girls Lock-In, and Summer Solutions, will help grow an increased enrollment number of women in engineering and science, and ultimately a more balanced technical workforce. It is UMR's goal to increase the number of women students from 25% to 35% by 2006. These programs are the beginning of the pipeline that will assist the campus in yielding those numbers.

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Student Recruitment


Project Start Date:11/01/2002
Project End Date:07/31/2003

Relationship to other Research/Projects

Recruitment into engineering programs for minority students

Technology Transfer Activities

Lock-in conference

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