Girls in sixth through eighth grades may investigate careers ranging from nursing to crime solving at the Feb. 28 "Expanding Your Horizons in Mathematics and Science" conference at Stephen F. Austin State University.

The annual conference nurtures girls' interest in science and math courses and encourages them to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and math. The event is hosted by SFA and the local chapter of the American Association of University Women and attracts more than 300 participants each year.

The girls choose from more than 30 different 45-minute career workshops offered, including business ownership, photography, forensic science, journalism, chemistry and veterinary medicine. Many of the jobs highlighted are not traditionally held by women and involve math, science or both.

The conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center at SFA. Parents and teachers are invited to attend a separate workshop, which includes a tour of the SFA campus.

The registration fee for both girls and adults is $15 and includes lunch, a conference T-shirt and a chance to win door prizes. The girls also will receive a goody backpack for participating. The registration deadline is Feb. 21.

Registration forms and other information may be found online at