Northern Illinois University

NIU Office of Public Affairs

News Release

Contact: NIU Women’s Studies
(815) 753-1038

September 10, 2007

NIU conference will introduce
female high school students
to college, career opportunities

DeKalb, Ill. — Female high school students interested in exploring career possibilities and learning more about the academic side of college life are invited to attend the 2007 Conference for Young Women, hosted by Northern Illinois University from 8:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, at Holmes Student Center.

The 12th annual conference will introduce young women in their sophomore through senior years of high school to a variety of career areas, including professions where women have been historically underrepresented.

The conference will include a panel discussion on career opportunities for women and presentations by faculty on topics related to women’s collegiate experiences and career options. Tours of the NIU campus and its facilities will be offered as well.

This year’s speakers will focus on career opportunities in fields ranging from marketing and laboratory science to athletics and communication.

“Faculty and students enjoy this opportunity to showcase the best NIU has to offer young women,” said Amy Levin, director of the NIU Women’s Studies Program. “In turn, the high school girls who attend often comment on the way the event gives them a more realistic sense of what they can accomplish in college and afterwards. They are excited by career opportunities they hadn’t imagined.”

The conference is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the NIU Women’s Studies Program. To register, call 1-800-345-9472. For additional information, call (815) 753-1038 or visit The registration fee is $38 before Oct. 15, with a $5 additional late charge. Limited scholarships are available.