Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day registration begins March 25

Event scheduled for April 24 at University Park campus

Lauryn Gierchak and James Miller view a molecular model of a sweetener during a tour of Materials Characterization Lab as part of the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day 2013 on Penn State's University Park campus. Credit: Ann Taylor-Schmidt / Penn StateCreative Commons

Penn State's Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day program, sponsored by the Office of Human Resources and the Office of Educational Equity, is scheduled for Thursday, April 24, on the University Park campus. This year's registration will be online at ; registration opens Tuesday, March 25. Brochures will not be printed and mailed this year.

Check-in for the event takes place from 7:15 to 8 a.m. and the event concludes with the luncheon from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m.

Beginning on Friday, March 21, mentors and student participants will have the opportunity to review the brochure containing the schedule and site sessions by going to

This year, a variety of career sites are participating at University Park to give girls and boys in grades six through 12 a chance to explore career options. Participants can select three sites to visit during the half-day program.

When it began in 1993, Take Our Daughters to Work Day was a revolutionary way to encourage adolescent girls' interest and achievement in math and science. Over the years, it expanded their understanding of career opportunities and encouraged equal opportunities for women in the workplace. In 2003, the national program was changed to Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, as a way of inviting boys and girls to examine together occupational opportunities, leaving the program with a better sense of the career path they would like to walk down.

According to the national Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day website, the event is held on a school day so girls and boys can take what they learn in workplaces on Thursday and apply it to the classroom on Friday. By involving whole communities -- schools, girls and boys, parents, workplaces and mentors -- the program helps young people make connections between what they learn in school and their future goals.

The day will begin with breakfast and registration in the main floor lobby of the HUB Robeson Center on Penn State's University Park campus.  The students and their mentors, who must be Penn State employees, then visit their chosen career sites and return to the President's Hall of the Penn Stater Conference Center and Hotel for a luncheon featuring Eugene Clothiaux and Jon Nese.

Participants should note the change in location for the breakfast and luncheon due to renovations at the previous years' venue.

Clothiaux is professor of meteorology at Penn State. His focus is on radars, lidars and various instruments to understand the impact of clouds on weather and climate.

Nese is associate head of undergraduate programs in the Department of Meteorology at Penn State, where he teaches undergraduate courses and works on Weather World -- the department's weekday television show. Before coming to Penn State, he was a meteorologist on The Weather Channel.

The title of Clothiaux and Nese's talk is "Headed Here -- Ended Up There." The presentation will challenge students to think beyond high school to not only what they plan to be doing for their careers, but what they may actually be doing in those careers. The speakers will share first-hand accounts of how they got to where they are in their own careers, and through interactive discussion, will help students initiate the planning process for their own personal journey.

The cost for the day is $20 per student/mentor pair. There will be an additional charge of $15 for one additional attendee. Deadline for registration is April 11.

To register for the event, mentors will go to the Human Resources website at Payment may be made by credit card or check. Upon receipt of payment, participants will receive an email containing information on the schedule of events and a form to use for selecting work site sessions. The form may be submitted electronically.

For additional information, contact Linda Tobin at 814-863-4606 or

Last Updated April 23, 2014