Expanding Your Horizons conference to highlight science and math careers

Oct. 5, 2009

Expanding Your Horizons conference to highlight science and math careers

The 17th Annual San Joaquin Expanding Your Horizons conference — co-sponsored by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory — returns Saturday, Oct. 10, to the University of the Pacific in Stockton, beginning at 8:15 a.m.

The popular daylong conference introduces young women in grades 6-12 to a variety of challenging careers and will encourage their interest in mathematics and science. More than 400 participants from Stockton, Lodi, Manteca, Tracy and Ripon are expected to attend.

Since its inception, thousands of young San Joaquin County women have participated in this annual event. Some past attendees have gone on to exciting careers in math, science and engineering and now return to volunteer their time to help motivate others.

This year, participants will attend three hands-on workshops and interact with scientists and engineers who often have an impact on the choices these students make about their future. During the workshops, participants will explore topics such as DNA manipulation, the invisible power of electricity, ubiquitous electronics, computer building and rebuilding, rocket engineering, chemistry and nuclear power.

Keynote speaker Donna Djordjevich, a computer scientist from Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, who specializes in developing computer games, will share her background and motivation for her chosen career.

Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC, Sandia National Laboratories, and the University of the Pacific School of Engineering co-sponsor the EYH conference.

The conference hours are 8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For information, go to www.sjeyh.org (Click on Registration to register. Click on Volunteers to volunteer) or send an e-mail to sjeyh [at] pacific.edu ( ) .

Founded in 1952, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (https://www.llnl.gov) is a national security laboratory, with a mission to ensure national security and apply science and technology to the important issues of our time. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is managed by Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration.