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June 1, 2010

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June 1, 2010

I have worked with the organization for over 10 years. EYH Network and its 80+ conference continues to deliver meaningful experiences to thousands of girls. It provides girls fun and interesting hands-on STEM related activities led by women scientist, engineers, and other STEM professionals. These women often represent the first non-medical STEM professionals these girls have met and can be come important role models. The organization is beginning to increase its range of programs through partnerships with Seagate, Google, and Symantec, however, more funding is needed to sustain these programs.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have randomly met girls over the years who have attended past EYH conferences. They have expressed their positive experiences and that they were more open to STEM careers after attending the conferences.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Making a difference is girls perspective on math, science and STEM careers.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Wonderful, dedicated and diverse.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

create new programs throughout the year, add a gender equity program component and have EYH conferences in all 50 states.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 1, 2010

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June 1, 2010

I've worked with the EYH Network since 2005. After more than 30 years encouraging young women in STEM, EYH Network received the 2010 National Science Board's Public Service Award. The staff and board members are very dedicated to ensuring that the organization continues to encourage girls in STEM learning and careers. As a small organization, it often struggles with funding and growth. However, it consistently provides workshops to middle and high school girls that inspire them in STEM.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Data from EYH workshops and attending these workshops first-hand show the impact these events can have in girls' lives.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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June 1, 2010

I've been a Board Member since 2006 and am very proud of my association with this organization. EYH/N (Expanding Your Horizons Network) is the leading organization for motivating girls to pursue higher math and science courses and expand their career choices through hands-on workshops and meeting women STEM role models at Conferences held at colleges and universities around the US and globally. More than 800,000 girls have attended these Conferences and workshops since the Network was founded approx. 30 years ago. Clearly, the organization has made a difference in the lives and career choices of many of our alumna, as we have collected data that has told us how the EYH/N has had a positive influence on them and led many women to careers in science, mathematics, and technology. Also EYH/N won the National Science Board's 2010 Public Service Award, further demonstrating the effect and value of the organization and its mission.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing it grow in number of Conferences and number of girls attending Conferences, in locations including Internationally, and in the survey and anecdotal data showing the positive effects on participants.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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June 1, 2010

The Math/Science Network changed its name to the Expanding Your Horizons Network in ~2006 to better reflect its major role in the 80-100 annual Expanding Your Horizons in Science and Mathematics (EYH) conferences held all over the USA. As a woman physicist wanting to increase the number of women physicists I would work with everyday (from zero) I started volunteering at EYH conferences in 1978 and joined the leadership of the organization in 1979. I have volunteered for the Network ever since because it has an effective intervention strategy for encouraging girls to consider a career in science or engineering or other mathematically-based fields, it has been unwavering in replicating this strategy all over the USA and some foreign countries, one can see the enjoyment of the girls at the conferences and our post-conference surveys show that the girls' minds can be changed- some decide to become scientists and all attendees are much better informed about STEM fields being a fine place for a woman to have a rewarding career.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

having many more female work colleagues who are engineers and physicists than 36 years ago when I started as a postdoc in a national lab in the SF Bay Area. The percentage of women in STEM careers has increased over same period the EYH Network has existed

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Really committed to increasing the percentages of women in science and engineering careers. Over 5000 women scientists and engineers volunteer every year as hands-on workshop leaders at EYH conferences for girls, some for the 20th year!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Reach 250,000 girls a year rather than the 25,000 it does on a much smaller budget, and it could organize weekly hands-on STEM activities involving middle and high school girls and women role-models rather than just annual ones.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 31, 2010

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May 31, 2010

EYH was founded in 1974, and has been educating and inspiring girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math ever since. In fact, since its formation, 800,000 young girls have participated in one of our conferences throughout this country and now internationally. Conferences are organized at the grass roots level by women STEM professionals. Many conferences are started by women who attended an EYH as a young girl, or as a workshop leader. Once a conference gets started it’s rare for them to stop. Many EYH conferences such as the one at San Jose State have been happening for more than 30 years. Hundreds of girls from local middle schools or high schools arrive in the morning and the excitement is palpable. After listening to a motivating introductory speech by a women computer scientist from Google or a physicist from Sandia National lab, the girls go to workshops all led by women, where they explore topics such as Something Fishy about marine biology, Love at First Byte on computer Science or Rootbeer, Cheese and a Kiss about mold and fermentation. For many of them, this is the first time they have been on a college campus and have seen science and math come alive in hands-on experiments and activities.

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I know that this program works! In high school, I attended a series of hands-on workshops, influencing my decision to pursue engineering undergraduate and master degrees and to continue in a science field.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Extremely enthusiastic and dedicated and appreciative of working with other women in STEM.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Fund all of the current conferences, increase the number of conferences and overall, increase the number of women in STEM

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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