Women in scienceMillersville University will hold their 31st Annual Glenna Hazeltine Women in Mathematics, Science and Technology Conference on Tuesday, April 3. The conference is designed to nurture young women’s interest in science, mathematics and technology (STEM) with networking events, information sessions and activities. The day begins with a talk by a NASA scientist.

Dr. Nazli Hardy

“Historically and across the board, girls have received inadequate exposure to the sciences. For the past 31 years, the Women in Mathematics, Science and Technology Conference has sought to provide young girls those very opportunities,” says Dr. Nazil Hardy, associate professor of computer science at Millersville, and the chair of the conference.

Students from schools in Lancaster County and surrounding counties are invited to select four female students and one teacher or advisor to attend the conference. To qualify for an invitation, students must go through a selection process coordinated through their guidance counselor in conjunction with science and math teachers at each school.

“The Conference provides an opportunity for female students to meet with several professional women role models who are accomplished in different fields of science, mathematics and technology. We are so pleased that the conference continues to be so successful and well-received by students and schools. And we are proud that Millersville University has been hosting such a seminal and important conference for over three decades.” says Hardy.

The conference provides a forum for the exchange of information on careers in mathematics and the sciences. The conference features women professionals from the STEM fields who will share their educational background, professional duties and experiences.

The Glenna Hazeltine Women in Mathematics, Science and Technology Conference is sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products Co., a division of McNeil-PPC, Inc., and the Glenna Hazeltine Endowment. The conference was the created by Charles Wolf, associate professor emeritus of mathematics at Millersville University

The conference will begin with keynote speaker, Dr. Claire L. Parkinson at 9 a.m. in the Student Memorial Center Reighard Multipurpose room. Parkinson is a climate scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, where she has worked since 1978. Admission to this session of the conference is free and open to the public, but access to the remaining conference sessions and activities is limited to the invited women from area junior and senior high schools.





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