For immediate release: 02/14/2012 | NR-12-02-08

Girls to explore science and math careers at annual 'Expanding Your Horizons' Conference

Linda A Lucchetti, LLNL, (925) 422-5815,

During an EYH workshop held last year, girls learned
what makes a computer tick.
Photo by Jacqueline McBride/LLNL

The 33rd annual Tri-Valley Expanding Your Horizons Conference returns on Saturday, Feb. 25, to Diablo Valley College, San Ramon Campus at 1690 Watermill Road, San Ramon. The conference begins at 8:30 a.m.

The daylong event is held for girls, grades 6-9, from Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton, San Ramon and Sunol school districts to increase interest and foster awareness of careers in math and science. This year's theme, "Your Future Is Within Your Grasp" will feature keynote speaker Dr. Alexandra M. Burgar, an orthopedic surgeon with Tri-Valley Orthopedic Specialists. Burgar treats conditions affecting the bones, muscles, nerves and tendons of the hand, wrist and arm up to and including the elbow. She will discuss her background and what led her to her career.

At the conference, girls will participate in hands-on workshops, a special group activity and a career fair. The conference also provides young women opportunities to meet and interact with positive role models who are actively engaged in math- and science-related careers.

For parents, there is a two and one-half hour workshop led by Diablo Valley College on college planning, academic requirements and financial aid.

More information on the conference can be found on the Web or by e-mailing the EYH Hotline or by calling 925-422-2453. Local organizations or businesses interested in donating or participating can send e-mail.

The conference is coordinated by Diablo Valley College San Ramon, Lawrence Livermore National Security, Sandia National Laboratories, and the Association of University Women.

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