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STEM Events

Current STEM scholars are required to attend the following events:

  1. Four meetings with your mentor during the Spring 2016 semester. The first meeting must be before January 29, 2016.
  2. The monthly STEM Colloquia on the following Fridays at 11 a.m.: February 12 (STC106), March 11 (STC106), and April 8 (STC106)

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

  1. Tutoring Center events
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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).
  5. 11 Feb            Dr Nancy Christensen, Sheela Vemu, Heather LaCost, Waubonsee Community College, The Many Aspects of Love, 7 PM, Auditorium

    3 Mar              Chris Cunningham, Waubonsee Community College, Human vision and impossible colors, 7 PM, Auditorium

    14 Apr            Dan Ward, Waubonsee Community College, What is Science?, 7 PM, Auditorium

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

8 Mar              College of Lake County Speaker Series: Mission Critical—Preventing antibiotic resistance, 6:30 PM, C005 Auditorium,


Fermilab Lecture Series

18 Mar           Dr Josh Friemann, Probing the Dark Universe                 

8 Apr              Dr Phil Mote, 5 things I wish were true about global climate change 

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


Others TBD

Fox Valley Astronomical Society Public Star Parties

Peck Farm Parking lot, 

13 Feb               Observing in February, 7:30 PM

12 Mar              Observing in March, 7:30 PM

Field Museum – Revolution Brewing

TBA                 check

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.