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October 6th, 2018
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Expanding Your Horizons Conference

Join us on Saturday, October 6th, 2018 for the 3rd Annual Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) Conference at Volunteer State Community College. Girls in 5th through 9th grades will gather at the Gallatin campus from 8am to 3pm.

The conference with begin with a panel of successful women in STEM sharing their life and career experiences, followed by a question and answer session for girls and parents. Each girl will then join a group and attend three hands-on workshops involving chemistry, biology, math, health science, animal science, computer programming and STEM.

The cost is $20 per girl and includes workshop materials, lunch, and a t-shirt. Scholarships are available.

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Helping Girls Develop a Passion for STEM

The mission of Expanding Your Horizons Network is to inspire girls to recognize their potential and pursue opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Expanding Your Horizons Network is known as the preeminent source for resources and experiences that provide focused engagement of middle school girls from all backgrounds in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). At its core, the EYHN’s unique nationwide network of STEM conferences provides a gateway for empowering girls to see themselves as future participants in STEM and STEM-related careers.

There are more than 80 EYH conferences each year nationwide with up to 25,000 girls attending. Our Vol State EYH conference started in 2016 and has been growing each year.

How to Register

Register today while space is still available!

  1. Complete and submit the release form.
  2. Complete and submit the workshop registration form by October 5th.
  3. Pay the $20 registration fee to secure your spot and t-shirt.

If you are applying for a scholarship, click on the "Scholarship" tab above.

Enter our "Essay Contest" for a chance to win cash prizes!

Questions? Contact Lingli Ni at lingli.ni@volstate.edu or (615) 230-3296.

Conference Day Procedures

Enter campus from the main entrance and follow the signs to park your vehicle.

Check-in begins at 8:00am at tables located in the hallway of the Wood Campus Center. Girls will receive their group assignment and schedule. Group leaders will take care of the girls from that point on if parents wish to drop them off. Pickup is at 3:00pm.

We look forward to seeing you at Vol State EYH!

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Social Media

Share your photos of the conference by tagging them on social media with #eyhvolstate

Volunteer for Vol State EYH

We are looking for partners in colleges and universities, organizations, and companies – especially women in STEM fields. You will have the opportunity to mentor and inspire our future female leaders in STEM. You can be a keynote speaker, a member in the discussion panel, a workshop leader, a sponsor, or a helper.

If you would like to donate items, we need three prizes for the essay contest as well as goodies for the girls.

Click Here to Volunteer Workshop Leader Information

Contact Maryam Farsian at maryam.farsian@volstate.edu or (615) 230-3280 with questions. If you have contacts at other organizations and colleges who would be interested in participating, please forward this link to them! Thank you for your support.

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girls participating in workshops

Past Workshops

Coding Camp

Presenter: Dr. Chenchutta Jackson
Concentration: Computer Science

In this workshop, students will learn some basics of computer coding and have fun!

Body of Evidence

Presenter: Tammy L. Jones
Concentration: STEM

Body of Evidence casts students in the role of the forensic anthropologist. It provides them with information from a simulated death investigation and challenges them to identify the victim from a list of missing persons. By matching interactive graphical plots of the data with the victim's state of decomposition, the students unravel the case using the same STEM tools real-life investigators use.

It's Chemically Delicious

Presenter: June Hunter
Concentration: Chemistry

In this workshop, students will discover the secret of making delicious ice cream without using an ice cream maker. You will learn the theory behind the making of ice cream and also have an opportunity to create your own recipes and make delicious ice cream in 10 min or less.

girls participating in workshops

Insect GENEration

Presenters: Meagan Postema and Sarah Maddox
Concentration: Genetics

In this workshop students will build a model insect based upon genetic information we will provide to them. Gene forms (alleles) contributed by each parent are determined by tossing a coin with one side representing the dominant form of the gene and the other side representing the recessive form. Students will record the genotype and phenotype for each trait and then construct the insect using provided materials.

That's So Random! An Introductory Exploration of Probability and Random Events

Presenter: Jennifer Seat
Concentration: Mathematics

In this activity based event participants will be exposed to the foundational ideas of probability and random events. As a group we will explore several ideas related to how events occur and fundamental counting structures. By the end of the workshop, participants should be able to:

  1. Determine if an event is random
  2. Identify the composition of a probability trial
  3. Discuss how probability influences events around us
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Electric Circuit

Presenter: Kurt Hallquist
Concentration: Engineering

In this workshop, we will present circuit protection with an experiment to overload a simple low voltage circuit and blow a fuse.

The Color of Vision

Presenter: Dr. Alisha Cornish
Concentration: Health Science

Why are your eyes blue? Why do you see color? Why are some people colorblind? This workshop explores color as it relates to vision and the eye. Through the use of ophthalmic microscopes and photography equipment, attendees will learn the answers to these questions.

The Bandit's Bad Hair Day

Presenter: Tammy L. Jones
Concentration: STEM

This workshop introduces students to the STEM concepts behind DNA fingerprinting in a relevant, meaningful context. By taking them through the processes for testing trace evidence, the simulation provides opportunities to learn about the structure of DNA, the use of restriction enzymes to break DNA into specific strands, how they are sequenced and what they mean.

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Airway Management

Presenter: Brandie Park
Concentration: EMT/Paramedic

This workshop would give the girls an opportunity to work with manikin heads and learn how EMT's manage a patient's airway in a fun, interactive environment.

Digital Trebuchet

Presenter: Kurt Hallquist
Concentration: Engineering

The project is a Digital Trebuchet where the mechanism is assembled by the students then they try to launch a Ping Pong ball the greatest distance using the least amount of current.

Ultrasound--My Super Power is Sound

Presenter: Jennifer Carroll
Concentration: Health Science

In this workshop, we will focus on observing and performing ultrasounds on the human body! During the workshop we will discuss the role of the sonographer, exams performed as well as a hands on opportunity for participants to scan.

girls participating in workshops

Dog Heart in Motion

Presenter: Dr. Hope Wright
Concentration: Animal Science

In this workshop we will look at all aspects of a dog's heart. We will look at a dissected heart, listen to the heart beat, view a radiograph of a dog's heart and view the heart in motion on an ultrasound machine.

Making a Good Impression

Presenters: Marilyn Sweat and Desiree Sutphen
Concentration: Health Science

In this workshop we will talk about the field of Dental Assisting. We discuss the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene, the proper techniques of brushing and flossing your teeth. We will look at models of teeth that include normal and abnormal teeth and make impressions of the teeth.

Color My World

Presenter: Cheryl Holdaway
Concentration: Chemistry

The world is so many different colors. Where do all of these come from? Learn a little about how scientists identify colors and then make things that color. Do some hands on experiments separating colors and coming up with new colors.

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How's the Water?

Presenter: Erin Bloom
Concentration: Biologic Science

Summary: Students will have the opportunity to learn how aquatic organisms are used at bioindicators of stream health. Students will learn a variety of sampling methods and will have a chance to make their own identifications of common aquatic organisms from a local stream.

* Students attending this workshop will need water shoes/rain boots and a change of clothes in the event that the student gets wet.

Your Analysis: Urinalysis and Toxicological Testing in a Clinical Chemistry Laboratory

Presenter: Dr. Jennifer McKenzie
Concentration: Clinical Chemistry Laboratory

Individuals of all levels of education and training come together in a clinical laboratory to provide critical information about a patient's health to medical professionals. This workshop will provide an introduction to the many career options (from HS level to PhD or MD) in this field. Participants will learn to interpret the results of a point-of-care test and use provided patient history to order additional testing.

girls participating in workshops

It's a Gas

Presenter: Dr. Jennifer McKenzie
Concentration: Chemistry

Many types of chemical reactions produce gas as a by-product. Join us in this hand-on laboratory workshop and use chemistry to create foam, inflate balloons (and more!) and learn about the different types of chemical reactions that make it happen.

Get Results with Medical Laboratory Science!

Presenter: Kimberly Helton
Concentration: Health Science

In this workshop we will talk about the exciting field of medical laboratory science. Everyday clinical laboratorians use biology, chemistry, and technology to help physicians diagnose a wide range of illnesses and conditions. It's a career where you can use your knowledge of science to truly improve the lives of others! During the workshop, we will learn specifically about ABO and Rh blood types, their importance in blood transfusion, and how they can sometimes be used to help solve crimes. Finally, you'll have an opportunity to solve your own mystery using laboratory testing!

Adult Workshop: Pathways to Cybersecurity Careers

Presenter: Patricia Anderson
Concentration: Cybersecurity

Summary: In this workshop we will talk about what you need to know about scholarships, internships, and careers in cybersecurity.

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Conference Day and Workshop Schedule

8:00am – 8:45am - Check in and Introduction
Wood Campus Center

8:45am – 9:40am - Welcome & Keynote
Wood Campus Center

10:00am – 11:00am - Workshop 1

11:15am – 11:45am - Lunch

12:00am – 1:00pm - Workshop 2

1:15pm – 2:15pm - Workshop 3

2:15 – 2:35pm - Closing Remarks, Fun, & Prizes
Wood Campus Center

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Scholarships are available to those in need to cover the registration fee for Vol State EYH. To apply for a scholarship, please fill out the form below.

photos of girls participating in the conferenceEssay Contest


To promote interest and passion for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) subjects, majors, and careers among girls.


Vol State EYH Essay Competition is open to all girls in 5th through 9th grades who are interested in competing for the best essay about a STEM job or subject.

Essay Requirements

  1. Select a non-healthcare STEM job or subject that you are interested in, and write an essay of a minimum of 700 words describing its current development, its history, and its future. Write about why you are interested in this particular area and how you see yourself being involved in that area in the future. Also, address any experience or future plans that you may have in the area through research or job shadowing. Examples, data, and pictures are strongly encouraged.
  2. Submit the essay by September 15th.
  3. Include a bibliography (a list of the sources you used in preparation of your essay).
  4. Include references (in the bibliography) and citations (in the text).
  5. Libraries, universities, and government sources are recommended. Wikipedia is generally not recommended as the quality of the material published there may not be known.
  6. Include your contact information and a writing about yourself as the author.


Full essays are to be submitted to lingli.ni@volstate.edu by September 15th for the prize competition. The top three competitors will be announced and contacted prior to the conference. The awards ceremony will be held at the Vol State EYH conference on the first Saturday in October.


Gold Prize $150, Silver Prize $100, Bronze Prize $50