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Women in Science Conference Continues to Offer Opportunities to Explore New Horizons


April 26, 2011 — Kim Insana, weekday morning and noon meteorologist for Cheyenne's KGWN-TV, will speak to more than 400 junior and senior high school students at the annual Women in Science Conference Tuesday, May 10, at the University of Wyoming.

The Wyoming NASA Space Grant Consortium sponsors the event. Participants will engage in a variety of workshops and tours of laboratory and research facilities throughout the day.

Conference goals are to spark students' passion in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields as well as provide mentors and role models to these young people. Volunteers from UW and local businesses will present workshops, give tours of laboratory and research facilities and discuss a variety of science- and technology-related topics.

"The two students I brought to UW underwent a transformative experience. Not only were they amazed and stimulated by the variety of workshops and talks, they also began to visualize the possibility of attending a ‘large' four-year college to pursue interests in science and technology fields," says Frank Symington, a former teacher at Arapaho Charter High School. "It had unique value for those young women."

For more information and details about the conference please refer to the website at:  http://wyomingspacegrant.uwyo.edu/WomenInScience.asp.

Students from the following Wyoming communities have registered to attend the conference:

Buffalo -- Clear Creek Middle School

Casper -- Centennial Junior High

Cheyenne -- Johnson Junior High, Cheyenne East High School, Cheyenne South High School

Douglas -- Douglas Middle School, Douglas High School

Glenrock -- Glenrock High School

Green River -- Green River High School

Laramie -- Laramie Junior High School, Laramie Senior High School, University of Wyoming Lab School

Rawlins -- Cooperative High School

Shoshoni -- Shoshoni High School

Torrington -- Torrington High School  

Wheatland -- Wheatland High School

Worland -- Worland High School

Photo:
KWGN-TV Channel 5 meteorologist Kim Insana will be the keynote speaker during the annual Women in Science conference at the University of Wyoming. (KGWN Photo)

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