Expanding Your Horizons Conference UC Merced

Expanding Your Horizons Conference UC Merced

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is food provided?
Lunch is provided and will be a lunch box. The lunch box with include a 6 inch sandwich, cookie, chips and soda. The sandwich will have an option of Turkey, Ham or Vegetarian. The lunch is covered in the cost of the registration fees. So you only need to pay $5 fees to attend this conference.You are welcome to bring your own lunch. Students will also receive granola bars and water throughout the day.

2. Is there a registration fee?
Yes. There is a small registration fee to cover expenses. The student fee is $5 and the adult fee is $5. We thank our sponsors for the ability to do this.

3. What happens if I have to cancel my registration?
If you find out that your daughter/student can no longer make the conference after applying, please contact kkumar@ucmerced.edu and let us know that your daughter/student can no longer attend.

4. Why is there a need for special conferences just for girls?
The 2000 Congressional Commission on the Advancement of Women and Minorities in Science, Engineering and Technology Development (CAWMSET) stated, "Today's U.S. economy depends more than ever on the talents of skilled, high-tech workers. To sustain America's preeminence we must take drastic steps to change the way we develop our workforce. An increasingly large proportion of the workforce consists of women, underrepresented minorities and persons with disabilities- groups not well represented in science, engineering and technology (SET) fields." Furthermore, our whole nation profits when women have the same opportunities as their male counterparts.

5. What type of workshops are held?
Each EYH conference features hands-on activities. These are the "bread and butter" of every Expanding Your Horizons event. At EYH conferences girls participate in fun and challenging hands-on math, science and engineering activities led by women mathematicians, scientists and engineers.

Through these important hands-on workshops, young women learn that studying math and science can be fun! They participate in fun experiments and learn about the importance of studying as much math as possible in high school. By using local volunteers to lead workshops, girls meet with mathematicians, engineers and scientists who live and work in their own communities, who serve as role models at the conference, and who may serve as possible mentors in the future.

6. When does registration open?
Conference and workshop registration opens / will open on January 1, 2014. Space is limited and the conference fills up quickly. We encourage you to register early.

7. How do I register my daughter(s) for the conference?
The preferred method of registration is online via the Conference Registration link on the EYH home page. The registration fee is $5 per student.

If you elect to register and pay online, registration can be completed in one easy process. First, you will need to enter your daughter's information. You will then be automatically redirected to the PayPal Web site to make your online payment. After completing the payment process, PayPal will redirect you back to the registration page, where you can request your top five workshops in order of preference. You will be assigned two workshops based on your preferences, with priority given to those who register earlier. You will receive your schedule with assigned workshops at registration on the day of the conference.

Note: Please be advised that students registering and paying online will have a distinct advantage in getting their preferred workshops.

8. Dietary Restrictions?
If you have any dietary restrictions such as the inability to eat nuts. Please specify on your registration. Also remember to specify which sandwich you want otherwise you are welcome to bring your own lunch.

9. Does my parent/guardian have to come on day of the conference?
Yes. Your parent/guardian has to be present to sign the liability release form. Inability of the parent/guardian to be present will not allow the student to participate. The parent/guardian does not have to stay for the rest of the day.