Expanding Your Horizons Kentucky 2017

Expanding your horizons header NSF epscor

On April 29th 2017, the Expanding Your Horizons conference came to Kentucky for the first time. The conference was funded by an NSF EPSCoR (National Science Foundation Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research for Education and Outreach) grant which I, along with Ellen Crocker and Susan Odom, was a PI on. I'm very grateful for all of the volunteers, corporate partners, parents, teachers, and students who made this conference a success.

The deprecated site is available here.

About the conference

Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) is a conference for girls in middle school and their parents/ guardians.

This day-long event will include hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) for girls and educational sessions for parents/ guardians. At the conference, girls will get a chance to meet STEM role models and learn more about careers in those fields. Our ultimate goal is to motivate girls to become innovative and creative thinkers ready to meet 21st Century challenges.

To learn more about EYH, visit the national website.


Post Conference

“Why are you all here?” Crocker asked the participants. “We need you. If we’re going to solve the world’s problems, if we’re going to find solutions to safe drinking water, healthy air, continue being a country that is a research powerhouse, we need the best and the brightest.”



Below are some of my favorite photos from the event. Please follow the links for photo credits and the full albums.

Undergraduate and graduate student workshop preparation

Photo credits: UKnow article by Jenny Wells [email protected]

EYH prep image 1

Ellen Crocker teaching the undergraduate/graduate student workshop leaders.

EYH prep image 2

Students discussing the workshop they are preparing.

Set 2

The full album is avialable at the UkAg Flickr page, credits UK College of Agriculture. These photos are under a CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 license.

EYH Gasp EYH Microscope picture 3