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.

Register today for the April STEM Circuit!

We encourage you to register here for the next STEM Circuits meeting (registration is free). 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!