expanding your horizons

Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is a one-day, national network of conferences, designed to motivate young womens' interest in science, mathematics, engineering and technology. The conference will be held on Saturday, October 29, 2016.

Additionally, prominent professional women who work in the STEM fields will lead the hands-on workshops.

conference details

Who: All young women in middle school, grades 6-8

What: A hands-on science and mathematics conference

Where: Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Hulman Hall

When: Saturday, October 29, 2016


  • Investigate science and mathematics careers
  • Talk with women in science and math careers
  • Attend science and math workshops
  • Participate in hands-on activities
  • Meet other girls interested in science and mathematics

registration process

  • Registration is a three-step process, as seen in the instructions to the right. Please complete the steps in order.
  • $20 registration fee per participant
  • Registration deadline is October 22, 2016

Workshops are also available for adults, including parents, teachers, and troop leaders.

We will confirm your registration within ten days of receipt. You must complete all steps of the registration to be officially registered.

If you are experiencing problems with the online pay system, please complete sign up steps 1 and 2 and then mail your check to Anneliese Payne Ph.D., Hulman Hall, SMWC, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876

expanding your horizons - motivating young women in science + mathematics

sign up

  1. Register online »
  2. Submit liability waiver/permission slip »
  3. Pay registration fee »

contact us

For more information about the Expanding Your Horizons conference at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College please contact:

Anneliese Payne, Ph.D.
(812) 535-5183


keynote speaker

Robyn King

Robyn King

Robyn King joined NBC 2/WAWV in May 2014 as morning and midday meteorologist. She is a native to the midwest growing up in Cincinnati, Ohio. At a young age, Robyn grew interested in weather. There were countless instances where she would be sitting on the porch watching the storms roll in or measuring the inches of snow on the ground.

Robyn graduated from the University of South Alabama majoring in Meteorology with a minor in Math. While in college, she interned at television stations in Cincinnati and Mobile, Ala. In her senior year, Robyn was a broadcast meteorologist in a student run weather show, Atmoscenter.

hands on workshops

What in the World?

Explore NASA’s database of photos from the International Space Station to find photos of some of the most beautiful and exciting places in the world. Learn how to use geographic coordinates to locate the Pyramids, Bermuda triangle or maybe even your town from 250 miles above the earth.

Diedre Adams, Science Teacher, West Vigo Middle School

A-Maze-Ing Mobile Robots!

Discover the magic of working with robotics, engineering, and programming. You will get hands-on experience working in teams of two to program a Scribbler Robot to draw, dance and play music.

Carlotta Berry, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institue of Technology

Bone Up on Anatomy

Did you know that horses and people have many of the same bones? You will work with horses – and a horse skeleton -- to compare horse and human anatomy and discover how they are similar and different.

Christine Wilkey, Associate Professor, Equine Assisted Learning Coordinator, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and
Holly Henderson, Jaysa Wilson, Tierra Harrington, Equine Assisted Learning students, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College

Slingshot Rockets – Build, Launch, Keep!

Build a slingshot rocket, learn about the aerodynamics of the rocket, and watch it soar! Participants will design and build their own rocket, test it, and take it home. The materials for this activity were donated by the Women in Novelis (WIN) project.

Bridget Ireland, Assistant Professor, Education Department, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College

Girls Who Code: Keeping it Classy with Technology

We live in a culture where men have dominated the computer programming industry. Girls can code too!  In this session, you will explore basic computer coding and math with byte size robots.

Maria Sellers, Technology Integration Specialist and eLearning Specialist, South Vermillion Community Schools

Cosmetic Chemistry

Why buy it when you can make it? Come and learn how the products that you use every day are made! Explore the world of chemistry and chemical engineering as you formulate new products using simple, at-home techniques.

Stephanie Poland, Assistant Professor and Rebecca DeVasher, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

This session is partially sponsored by the Wabash Valley Local Section of the American Chemical Society (WVACS).

Would you like to meet Alice?

Alice is an innovative 3D program that makes it easy to create animations or games. The Alice project provides tools and materials for a conceptual core of computational thinking, problem-solving and computer programming. You will be able to learn to use the software ad take Alice home with you to continue the fun.

Deborah Gaff, Project Lead the Way and Science Teacher, Houser Jr/Sr High School

When “Meow” or “Woof” means “Ouch, that Hurts!”

How do doctors treat patients who can’t tell them in words what is wrong? In this workshop, find out what a typical day is like for a vet and have a chance to evaluate some furry patients.

Janelle Newton, R.V.T., Brown Veterinary Hospital

From Lake Water to Drinking Water

When you take a shower or drink a glass of water, do you wonder where your water comes from or where it goes when it runs down the drain? Learn about how environmental engineers help to supply clean drinking water to your community and also clean up dirty water before it is returned to the environment. Design and build your own simple water filtration system and explore how different materials catch different waste particles to clean up your water.

Michelle Marincel Payne, Ph.D., Environmental Engineer, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

parent workshops

Parent Workshop I:
Stepping Stones towards College and Careers

It’s never too early to begin the path for college and possible careers for your daughter. Steps you take now with college awareness and planning will help both you and her successfully navigate the entrance to higher education.

Sara Boyer, Director of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College
Darla Hopper, Executive Director of Financial Aid, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College

Parent Worshop II:
Be Social; Be Smart

In this digital age, our young people spend a great deal of time online using social media, instant messaging, researching, and even shopping. It is critical that we are proactive in protecting them from the negative aspects of having an online presence such as cyberbullying, predators, identity theft, and other internet crimes against children. This session will show parents how to guide their children in using social media as a conduit for change and building positive digital citizenship.

Maria Sellers, Technology Integration Specialist and eLearning Specialist, South Vermillion Community Schools