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STEM Events

Current STEM scholars are required to attend the following events:

  1. Four meetings with your mentor during the Fall 2014 semester. The first meeting must be before September 6, 2014.
  2. The monthly STEM Colloquia in the STEM room (VON246) on the following Fridays at 11 a.m.: September 12, October 10, and November 14

Current STEM scholars will choose #1 and any TWO of the remaining STEM events:

  1. Any of the Resume Review clinics sponsored by Career Services
  2. Tutoring Center events
  3. Go to the Tutoring Center and take the 20 minute Study Behavior Inventory. You will then have to arrange to meet for about one hour with a staff member to review the results of the Inventory.
  4. Be an officer in a STEM – related student club (i.e. S.O.S. or Phi Theta Kappa). If you are President, that will count as all 3 requirements; other officers count as one event.
  5. Math Competition Exam. The exam will consist of two rounds, one in each semester (fall and spring). Contact Mark Crawford for more information. This will count as one event (pre-competition meetings and practice) and the 1 event for fall semester (for the competition).
  6. 10 September           Joseph Holtgreive, Northwestern University: Innovation through contemplation: the value of practicing Mindful Engineering, Oakton Community Colege STEMSpeaker Series, 1PM Des Plaines campus, 1 PM
  7. 16 October     Keith Bickley, Assistant Professor Philosophy, Waubonsee Community College: Is philosophy still important to STEM?, Auditorium, 7 PM
  8. 6 November   Dr. Chris Widga, Illinois State Museum: The Big Deal about Big Game: Early Paleoindian use of Late Pleistocene Megafauna, 7 PM, Auditorium

Other off-campus events that you may attend on your own:

Fermilab Lecture Series

September 12 

Dr. Chad Mirkin, Northwestern University: Nanotechnology: Learning to Think Big

October 12

November 21

Dr. Henry Petroski, Duke University: Engineering Success & Failures

Physics Slam III

Other Fermilab Events

Any Fermilab Colloquium, Wednesdays at 4 p.m. in 1 West. Check link for details.

Colloquia in STEM Departments at nearby colleges
For example:
NIU Geology, NIU Mathematics, NIU Chemistry, or NIU Biology

Other opportunities


September 17 The Physics of Football

Fox Valley Astronomical Society Public Star Parties

Peck Farm Parking lot, 7:30 PM

September 6       Telescopes as Time Machines

October 4            The glorious skies of Fall

November 8        Protecting Earth against cosmic radiation

You may choose any monthly colloquia from a STEM department in any local college that is of interest to you.  Here are just a couple of suggestions at NIU: Geology, Mathematics, Chemistry, Computer Science or Biology.  

A GROUP tour of Roquette Innovation Center (Food Science), Fermilab, Argonne National Labs, Adler Planetarium or the Field Museum (see Voorhees if interested)
Others willl be announced here as they become available

Check back often for updates!

Historical events
What we did in the Fall 2011 semester, Spring 2012 semester, Fall 2012 semester, Spring 2013 semester, Spring 2014 semester
Professor Dan Ward gave a  presentation on Scientific Inquiry at the STEM orientation in August of 2011.