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Review for Math Science Network, Oakland, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

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?


Role:  Board Member & I have served as a Board member since the Network incorporated in 1982. I have been on the organizing committee of an EYH conference for 31 years.

Review for Senior Games, Palo Alto, CA, USA

Rating: 4 stars  

Had a marvelous time at the women's long jump. The games' officials who knew the rules and the process told us volunteers just what to do with the measuring tape and pointed out if we weren't doing it quite right. There was an overabundance of volunteers but we each eventually found a small task and kept doing that-- gave us more time to look at the other events going on at the adjacent track- ever seen a 95 year old man run the 100m or an 85 year old woman run/walk the 400m- it was worth taking a few hours off work to be a volunteer.

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

get many more couch-bound seniors off their behinds and into some sporting activity that would improve their physical and mental health.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Volunteer & Helped at two track events: women's long jump (measuring the length of each jump)and men's shot put (picking up the thrown shot and returning it to the throwing area).