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Careers with Math Options conference targets female students

Penn State Berks will host its annual Careers with Math Options Conference on May 13, 2010. Approximately 180 female seventh-grade students and their chaperones are expected to attend the conference, which features thirty speakers from Penn State Berks and the surrounding area who provide workshops to encourage the young women to continue their studies in math, science, engineering, technology, finance, and related fields.  

This day-long event will include sessions in many different areas with such titles as Skeleton Sleuth, The Coldest Stuff in the Universe, Math Magic, Math on the Web, Poly-What Now?, Slime, A Look Inside a Computer, Connections, Weed Identification, Careers in Astronomy and Physics, Math Genius, and Environmental Jeopardy, just to name a few.

Guest speakers will include Mena Hautau from Penn State Cooperative Extension, Mary Beth Mancias from Metropolitan Edison Company, Janet Graden from Montgomery County Community College, and Jayné I. Park-Martinez from the Florida Institute of Technology.

This program was initiated and organized by Janet Winter, Senior Lecturer in Mathematics. Winter also coordinates the Science, Engineering, and Technology Conference for eleventh graders, the Science for the Schools program, and the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program, a science and engineering program for female students.

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