September 20, 2019

‘Expanding Your Horizons’ conference is Oct. 19

CARBONDALE, Ill. – Registration is open for an annual program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale that emphasizes and encourages young women to explore careers in science and mathematics.

The 29th annual “Expanding Your Horizons in Science and Mathematics” conference is Oct. 19 at the Student Center and other areas on campus. 

A chance to interact with role female models in STEM-related areas

The 29th annual event provides girls in grades 5-9 with workshops, networking and hands-on experiences aimed at increasing their awareness of careers in such areas as science, technology, engineering, math and more. The event also provides young women with opportunities to meet and interact with role models who are active in math- and science-related careers.

Registration required; early registration saves money

Organizers expect up to 200 participants to attend the event, along with teachers and parents from throughout Southern Illinois. Advance registration is required, with an early deadline of Oct. 4. Tickets are $10 before Oct. 4 and $17 after the deadline until Oct. 11.

To register, go to and click on the registration link. Mailed-in registrations are also accepted. All fees, paid via checks or money orders, must be mailed to SIU Carbondale-Mathematics, Expanding Your Horizons, 1245 Lincoln Drive, Mailcode 4408, Carbondale, Illinois, 62901.

Workshop features many topics and more than 30 professionals

Students will be able to participate in three workshops on their greatest interest. The workshop topics include:

  • Architectural sciences.
  • Geology.
  • Biological sciences.
  • Chemistry.
  • Psychology.
  • Engineering and technology.
  • Medicine.
  • Physical fitness.
  • Zoology.

Organized by the Department of Mathematics in the College of Science, the conference includes more than 30 professionals from the university and private companies who are donating their time to lead workshops. The workshops will focus on career exploration and provide opportunities for participants to have positive experiences with math and science.

More information is available through the Department of Mathematics at 618/453-5302 or by email at or .