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EYH at Berkeley eyhberkeleyinfo@gmail.com
National Office
(510)430-2222
info@expandingyourhorizons.org

FAQ


This area has been prepared to help you better understand the mission and goals of Expanding Your Horizons. 

General Questions
Q: When and where is the next Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) at Berkeley conference?
A: Our 2024 conference will be held on March 9th on-campus at UC Berkeley.

Q: Why are conferences of this type necessary?
A: 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.

Q: What is Expanding Your Horizons (EYH)?
A: The Berkeley EYH is an annual career conference specially designed for students in grades 5 through 8 from local school districts. The conference encourages girls* interest in science and mathematics and provides positive female role models in science, math, and engineering careers. At EYH conferences students don’t just hear about science, they do science!

Q: What are the impacts of Expanding Your Horizons conferences?
A: Expanding Your Horizons conferences:

1) Provide a forum for students to engage with women involved in STEM.
2) Promote interaction with peers in hands-on activities.
3) Introduce students to a variety of STEM careers and encourage them to pursue the exploration of STEM.

Q: What will I do at an EYH?
A: You’ll  participate several workshops that will be taught by scientists, engineers, or other professionals and involve interactive instruction. Hands-on workshops include activities such as designing buildings and testing them in an earthquake, extracting your own DNA, and coding to write a digital song.  You’ll meet with female role models who work in a wide variety of science, technology, engineering and careers and hear their stories.  You’ll learn how fulfilling and exciting STEM careers can be and they begin to change their perceptions of the women who work in these careers.

Q: Where can I watch a video to see more about what happens at a conference?
A: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IYh0hBdE5U

Q: What is the national office of Expanding Your Horizons?
A: The national EYH office coordinates over 85 EYH conferences each year throughout the world. For a complete listing of EYH conference, please visit Expanding Your Horizons Network.
 

Q: When does registration open?
A:  Registration for the 2024 conference opens on January 20th at 7 pm (PST).

Q: How do I register for the conference?
A: The preferred method of registration is online. After completing the registration process, you’ll receive a confirmation email with the next steps required to complete your registration process. You will receive your schedule with assigned workshops via email on the day of the conference.

Q: How much does it cost to attend?
A: Our conference is offered free to all attendees thanks to our crowdfunding supporters and sponsors. For those who are able and would like to support our conference, we offer the option of paying a $20 registration fee.

Q: What if I cannot afford the registration fee?
A: Scholarships are available.  Students will be able to request scholarships when they register.

Q: I paid for the conference but now cannot attend. Can I get a refund?
A: To request a refund, please send an email to eyhberkeleyinfo@gmail.com.

Q: Can I register even though I am not yet in 5th grade?
A: Due to space limitations and the popularity of the conference, we are forced to turn away students every year within the advertised grade group. The curriculum content is also specifically geared to this age group. Please come back when you’re within the age bracket!

Q: Where do I drop-off my student for check-in on the day of the event?
A: Registration will be located in the breezeway at the Genetics and Plant Biology Building on the UC Berkeley Campus. If you would like to drop your student(s) off, drop off will be in the West Circle.

Q: Is this conference wheelchair accessible?
A: All events taking place during our conference are fully wheelchair accessible.

Q: What precautions are being taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during this conference?
A: We are committed to ensure that EYH at Berkeley 2022 is a safe and comfortable event for our attendees. For this reason, we are requiring all volunteers and attendees to wear a face covering and be vaccinated against COVID-19. A more detailed overview can be found in our COVID policy, and all attendees will be required to commit to our COVID agreement.

The following questions are included for parents of conference attendees.

Q: Is there a way I can be notified via email with information (e.g. registration dates) for next year's conference?
A: Yes! You can receive information about our upcoming conference via email by subscribing to our parent email list. To subscribe, please send an email to eyhberkeleyinfo@gmail.com. with the subject "Join EYH parent list". You will receive an email to confirm your subscription. Be sure to click on the activation link to complete your subscription request or else you will not be successfully added. Questions regarding the list can also be addressed to eyhberkeleyinfo@gmail.com..

Adult Program

Q:  Do I need to pre-register to attend the adult program?
A: Yes, the adult program is limited. As with registration for students, registration for parents is done online. Our 2022 conference was held on March 12th. Information about our 2023 conference will be posted in fall 2022.