STEM Circuits: 2019

A monthly interdisciplinary mentoring program to support professional development and build an inclusive local STEM community.

Join us for our winter January through June pilot of STEM Circuits, which will meet monthly, alternating between Northwestern’s Chicago and Evanston campuses. STEM Circuits will address the persistent need for mentoring to promote the retention and advancement of early career women in STEM, i.e., graduate students and postdocs. The program is open to all Northwestern students, postdocs, faculty, and staff, as well as initiative members. Our goals are to build an inclusive and diverse Chicago-area STEM community, while providing ongoing professional development and leadership opportunities.

Register here for STEM Circuits: 2019. Please be advised that space is limited. **The only REQUIREMENT FOR REGISTRATION is to complete an approximately 7-10 minute survey to assess your professional development needs and interests, current access to mentors , etc., and a later post-program assessment survey. Attendance to monthly meetings is encouraged, but not required. 

Save the date of our STEM Circuits kick-off event in Evanston in the Willen’s Wing Atrium (Tech) from 4 – 6 pm on Jan. 15th, 2019. Food and refreshments will be provided! Interdisciplinary, cross-career level circuit meetings will typically involve a speaker or activity, followed by break-away small group discussion and networking. We will also host an end-of-spring wrap-up networking event that will be open to the public.

Proposed 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!