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Careers with Math Options Conference to be held May 9

Approximately 200 seventh grade female students and their chaperones from middle schools in Berks, Montgomery, and Lancaster Counties are expected to attend the Careers with Math Options Conference at Penn State Berks. Thirty speakers from Penn State Berks and the surrounding area will provide workshops that encourage young women to continue pursuing studies in math, science, engineering, technology, finance, and related fields. Currently, this marks the fifteenth year for the conference, which will be held on May, 9, 2012.

The day-long event features sessions with titles such as: Hydrogen fueled Cars; Zentangles, Math, and Art; Math Kounts; Lemonade Stand, SpongeBob Generics, Finger Print Analysis; and Encapsulation and Encoding.

This program has occurred every year since 1997, when it was created and organized by Dr. Janet Winter, Senior Lecturer in Mathematics. After 31 years of service at Penn State Berks, Winter anticipates that she will retire at the end of August. In order to ensure the conference will continue to be held in upcoming years, Winter has established a coordinating committee, including members: Elizabeth Wiggins Lopez, Elaine Berish, Tricia Clark, Selvi Jagadesan, Sue Leh, and Alice Shaparenko.

In addition to this program, Winter initiated the Science, Engineering, and Technology Conference for eleventh graders, the Science for the Schools program (grades 5-10), and the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program, a science and engineering program for female Penn State Berks students.

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