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madiSTEM: A STEM Conference Designed for Girls in Grades 6-8

Formerly the Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) Conference at JMU

madiSTEM: Making a Difference in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics is a one-day STEM conference at James Madison University designed for girls in grades 6-8.  At madiSTEM, participants:

  • engage in exciting, hands-on STEM workshops organized by JMU faculty and students with a focus on the interests of middle school girls,

  • attend inspiring presentations by women in STEM careers to learn about their professional and personal experiences, and

  • interact with JMU students to learn first-hand about studying STEM fields in college.

Open to all students, grades 6-8.  Parents and teachers may attend madiSTEM with their students. There is no registration fee, but all students and accompanying adults and teachers must register in advance. We thank our generous sponsors for enabling us to offer madiSTEM to participants free of charge.

The 2023 madiSTEM Conference wil be held on Saturday, March 25, 2023, 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM.  To receive announcements about this year's conference, use the link below to join our email list. 


The madiSTEM Conference is dedicated to hosting a safe and fun event for everyone involved.  All student and adult conference participants will be required to adhere to all current JMU COVID-19 protocols to attend. 

At this time, no masking or vaccination is required to attend. However, if the JMU protocols change, we will update this page and inform all registered attendees.

We will have masks on hand for anyone who wants one, but didn't bring their own. We ask that if you are sick on the day of the conference, that you please stay home.



Mission Statement: madiSTEM (Making a Difference in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) at James Madison University is designed to engage girls in grades 6-8 in high-quality hands-on STEM activities and small-group interactions with female scientist role models to foster and support their interest in STEM fields, to increase their awareness of opportunities in STEM-related careers, and to empower them to see themselves as future participants in these fields and careers.


To be among the first to receive announcements about the conference, join our 
email list, like the madiSTEM page on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter or Instagram.


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