STEM Circuits

STEM Circuits is an interdisciplinary mentoring program supporting the success of early career women in STEM, i.e., grad students & postdocs.

  • We will provide participants with professional development opportunities and help build an inclusive local STEM community.
  • The program is open to all Northwestern students, postdocs, faculty, and staff, as well as initiative members.
  • We will meet monthly, alternating between Northwestern’s Chicago and Evanston campuses.
  • Meetings will typically involve a speaker or activity, followed by break-away small group discussion and networking.
  • Our end-of-spring wrap-up networking event (June 5th!) will be open to the public, so we can share what we learned.
  • Our goals are to build an inclusive and diverse Chicago-area STEM community, while providing ongoing professional development and leadership opportunities.
  • In 2020, we hope to expand STEM Circuits to other Chicago-area institutions.

Registration for STEM Circuits 2019 is now closed

Registration is now closed. If you are interested in joining past the Jan. 15th deadline, please email us a short introduction, including a description of your interest in STEM mentoring. If you are interested in joining us at a future STEM Circuits meeting as a speaker or small group discussion leader, please also contact us at

Proposed monthly discussion topics

  • *Career development (e.g., academia, industry, government, and policy)
  • *STEM communication (e.g., developing the tools necessary for effectively conveying your research to diverse audiences)
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship (e.g., combining new and existing resources in creative ways to enhance STEM innovation)
  • *Professional development (e.g., leadership, networking, mentoring, and outreach)
  • Women’s issues (e.g., #MeToo/#Time’sUp, gender bias, pay gap, work/life integration, and women in politics)
  • Intersectionality of gender, race, ethnicity, citizenship, sexuality, and/or social class on perceptions of STEM efficacy
  • Current events (e.g., climate change, STEM professionals in politics, artificial intelligence, and genetic engineering)
  • New research techniques (e.g., imaging, robotics, coding, transgenic animals, human research, patient outcomes, stem cells, and nanoparticles)

You are welcome to suggest additional topics and speakers in the survey!