[EYH '97 Photo]

Lynn Patterson, West Harris County AAUW President, and Margaret Carlson, EYH '97 Chair, in front of the Rice School/La Escuela Rice


Women's Programs

Expanding Your
Horizons '97


For the third year in a row, the Center for Research on Parallel Computation (CRPC) provided participant financial support for 25 teachers and their students to attend the "Expanding Your Horizons in Science and Mathematics" (EYH) Conference, held April 5 at the Rice School/La Escuela Rice, in Houston.

More than 500 Houston-area middle-school girls and their teachers, parents, and counselors attended the 9:00 a.m. keynote address by KTRK-TV anchorwoman Elma Barrera. Afterwards, students spent the remainder of the conference at their choice of four career exploration workshops led by women working in math- and science-related fields. Meanwhile, adults attended sessions designed to help them recognize and eliminate gender inequities in the classroom, boost student self-esteem, and guide middle-school girls in selecting courses that will prepare them for math/science careers.

In all, 61 workshops were available to students, and 15 sessions were available to adults. CRPC presenters included Linda Torczon and Sara Carlstead ("Surfing the Internet"), Cynthia Lanius ("Math-to-Go"), and Susan Boone ("Netlearning: Why Teachers Use the Internet"). The conference was organized by the West Harris County Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Since 1979, EYH conferences across the United States and Canada have reached some 400,000 middle-school girls.

For more information on EYH '97, contact Susan Boone (sboone@cs.rice.edu), Math and Science Teacher and past EYH Program Chair, West Harris County AAUW.

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