Kathy Jonas | April 23, 2019
Dig a lip balm out of your purse or pocket and attempt to read the fine print on the side of it: Most have some common ingredients such as cocoa butter, coconut oil and beeswax.
“Making lip balm actually involves a lot of science and chemistry,” said Aubrey Jeffries, a first-year graduate student in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Notre Dame, who volunteered at the 22nd Expanding Your Horizons conference March 30 at Jordan Hall.
The conference brings middle school girls together with women professionals to encourage girls to learn about and possibly pursue a career in math, science or engineering. About 200 girls attended the conference this year. Volunteers organize all aspects of the day, from planning the various workshops to ordering a lunch that the girls will want to eat.
Notre Dame 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 a wide array of occupations, such as biology, environmental studies, medicine and technology.
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