STEM Circuits

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

STEM Circuits will be returning this fall! Our monthly meetings will kick-off in October, 2019 and run through June, 2020. More info coming soon!!

  • Join a growing local Chicago-area STEM community that promotes diversity and is welcoming to everyone
  • Our programming provides participants with career and professional development opportunities. 
  • The program is open to all Northwestern students, postdocs, faculty, and staff, as well as members of our professional network. 
  • We will continue to meet monthly, alternating between Northwestern’s Chicago and Evanston campuses.
  • Meetings will typically involve a speaker or workshop followed by break-away small group discussion, or an off-campus activity!
  • Our kick-off event (October, 2019) and end-of-spring wrap-up event (June, 2020) will be opportunities to connect with local STEM professionals and other STEM Circuits participants. 
  • STEM Circuits discussion topics are informed by participant surveys. If you are interested in STEM Circuits, please take our 1-2 minute survey here

Registration and topic information

Registration will be opening soon. Check back on the website or join our network to get email updates on the upcoming Fall 2019-Spring 2020 programming. If you would like to participate in a future STEM Circuit as a speaker/facilitator, or join our team of volunteers, please contact us at

Past and future monthly discussion topics

  • Mental health awareness
  • STEM policy and politics
  • Women’s leadership
  • Negotiating difficult conversations.
  • Advocacy and outreach
  • 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)
  • Intersectionality of gender, race, ethnicity, citizenship, sexuality, and/or social class on perceptions of STEM efficacy