Registration opens for girls' Sept. 28 math-science event at MTSU

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While her lab partner, left, watches, a middle school girl participating in an Expanding Your Horizons workshop in February 2018 in the MTSU Science Building reacts while viewing what's under the microscope. (MTSU file photo by Eric Sutton)

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Registration is underway for the 23rd annual Expanding Your Horizons in Math and Science Conference at MTSU, which will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, on the Middle Tennessee State University campus.

Middle school and high school girls -- rising fifth- through 12th-graders -- are welcome to attend. The nonrefundable registration fee is $20. To register and for more details, visit

Expanding Your Horizons, or EYH, helps girls and young women investigate science and mathematics careers, talk with women in math and science, attend science and math workshops with their peers, participate in hands-on activities and meet girls interested in the STEM disciplines of math, science, engineering and technology.

Cheryl Holdaway, a product development chemist for Newell Brand's writing division, accepted the invitation to be the EYH keynote speaker. One of her company's products she works with is Sharpie pens.

The EYH director is Judith Iriarte-Gross, a chemistry professor and director of the MTSU Women in STEM (WISTEM) Center who has received numerous professional honors for her advocacy to increase the number of women in STEM fields.

MTSU has more than 300 combined undergraduate and graduate programs. Chemistry is one of 11 College of Basic and Applied Sciences departments.

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