Kathy Jonas | May 17, 2018
Bella Dugard did not hesitate when asked about her future career path. She answered “marine biologist.”
This might not be an unusual answer from a student standing outside a biochemistry laboratory on the second floor of Notre Dame’s Jordan Hall. What is uncommon is that Dugard is in sixth grade.
“I’ve always known I wanted to be in science,” said the Good Shepherd Montessori School student.
She was just one of 289 sixth, seventh and eighth-grade girls attending the 21st Annual Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) Conference April 28 at Notre Dame. EYH is a national organization begun in 1974 by a group of scientists in San Francisco concerned that women were underrepresented in the math and science fields.
The Notre Dame conference is one of 80 conferences nationwide with more than 25,000 girls being exposed to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers and the women who work in such diverse areas as bioengineering, forensic science, cancer research and physical therapy.
During the conference, graduate and undergraduate students organize hands-on workshops and programming for middle school students. This year, 25 workshops ran simultaneously by Michiana STEM leaders.
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