Frequently Asked Questions




  • How much does registration cost?

    The registration fee is $20 per student. With this payment, she will receive

    • Participation in three (7th and 8th grade) or two (9th grade) hands-on workshops (two extended workshops for 9th grade girls), the keynote address, science displays and demos, and a raffle of science-related prizes
    • One EYH T-shirt
    • Breakfast and lunch for herself and for one accompanying adult (if she does not have an accompanying adult, we will provide a Cornell buddy for the day).

    Additional adults can register for $10. Additional T-shirts can be purchased for $10.

  • What if I cannot afford the registration fee?

    EYH offers scholarships to participants who need assistance with the registration fee. You will be able to request a scholarship when you submit your registration form. Ability to pay is not a factor in the lottery selection process.

  • When is the registration fee due?

    There is no fee to enter the registration lottery. If you are selected to attend EYH, we must receive your payment at least 4 weeks before the conference date in order to reserve your spot. This year, payments are due on March 17, 2017.

  • What forms of payment do you accept?

    You can pay with a credit card using our online system, or you can mail a check payment (no cash). We will provide complete payment instructions to people who are selected in the registration lottery.

  • Are refunds possible?

    Unfortunately, the registration fee cannot be refunded.

Accompanying Adults and Buddies

  • What is the role of the accompanying adult?

    For safety and security reasons, we must ensure that every EYH participant has an adult present with her at all times to help her make her way around the large Cornell campus. If you are accompanying a girl to EYH, we ask that you stay with her throughout the day.

  • Will I be able to participate in my daughter's/student's workshops?

    Some workshops welcome parent/adult participation. However, due to budget, time & supply constraints, some workshops will only be able to accommodate the girl participants. We advise accompanying adults to check with the workshop leaders before trying to participate in the workshops. Even if adults cannot participate, the workshop rooms typically have a space set aside for adults to sit and observe the workshop.

  • What else does EYH have to offer adults?

    We offer an adult panel discussion concurrent with the keynote address. The adult panel session is an opportunity for parents and teachers to discuss how they can promote the participation of girls in math, science, and engineering with prominent women scientists. The panelists will describe their own careers, including how the math and science classes they took in high school and college helped them get where they are today. The session will also include a question and answer period to allow further discussion of topics of interest.

  • What if my daughter/student does not have an accompanying adult?

    We will provide a Cornell Buddy for the day. A Cornell Buddy is a female undergraduate or graduate Cornell student who has volunteered to take the participants to their workshops.

  • I plan to accompany my daughter/student to EYH, but I would also like her to have a Cornell Buddy. Is this possible?

    We know that spending time with a Cornell Buddy can be a great experience for the girls who attend EYH. We would love to provide a Buddy for every participant who wants one, but unfortunately our Buddies are a limited resource. Our first priority is the safety of all conference participants, so we must give preference for Buddies to girls who have no accompanying adult. We plan to host 500 girls at EYH this year, which will only be possible if many girls bring their own accompanying adult.

The Day of the Conference

  • Is food provided?

    Yes, we have a full continental breakfast available consisting of bagels, donuts, yogurt, and fruit along with coffee, juice and tea. Lunch for participants is provided by Wegmans Catering and includes a sandwich, fruit, and cookie of the student’s choosing. To help us prepare in advance for such a large group, lunch preferences are made when participants register. Please be sure to note any food allergies or dietary restrictions when registering.

  • What should my daughter/student bring to the conference?

    Please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. While most workshops are indoors, participants will be walking around the Cornell campus to get to their various workshop destinations whether rain or shine. So please plan appropriately and bring a coat/umbrella if the weather forecast includes rain. Some workshops will be held outdoors, too – these are noted in the brochure and online workshop listings. Some clothing suggestions may be recommended for these outdoor workshops – please plan your attire accordingly if you will be participating in an outdoor workshop.

  • When does my daughter/student get her T-shirt?

    All student participants receive their free T-shirts at the end of conference and after handing in their evaluations. Adults are welcome to purchase a T-shirt of their own at the conference.

  • How are the workshops for my daughter/student assigned?

    We try to accommodate each participant’s workshop preferences, and most do receive their top choices. But please realize that we need to accommodate nearly 500 girls at the conference, so your daughter/student may be placed in a workshop that was not her top pick or that she may not have signed up for. Who knows, she may discover a previously unknown interest in one of these workshops!

  • When will my daughter/student know which workshops she will be attending?

    She will find out on the day of the conference. If she enrolled in an outdoor workshop or one that requires her to bring anything, we will notify you ahead of time.

  • Will there be transportation between the various workshop locations?

    Yes, buses are chartered for the day to transport participants and their accompanying adults to several central locations around campus. It is then the responsibility of the accompanying adult or Cornell Buddy to make sure that the participant finds the right room & building location for a particular workshop. For those workshops that are farther off campus, rented vans will transport workshop participants and their chaperones to the location. These vans have specific pick up and drop off locations and times; this information will be provided to the participants who are attending the off-campus workshops

  • Will the outdoor workshops be cancelled if the weather is poor?

    No, the workshops occur rain or shine so please wear appropriate clothing. If your daughter/student is participating in an outdoor workshop, you will receive a list of things to bring to the conference.

If you have any other questions not addressed here, please contact the EYH at or (607) 255-9547