STEM Circuits

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

  • Join a growing local Chicago-area community that is committed to diversity and inclusion in STEM!
  • STEM Circuits combines key aspects of peer mentor circles and mentoring networks, encouraging faculty participation in an informal setting without an ongoing time commitment.
  • The program is open to students, postdocs, faculty, and staff from Northwestern and other local academic institutions, as well as STEM industry professionals. 
  • Our programming provides participants with career and professional development opportunities that are not part of the typical graduate student or postdoc experience.
  • Participants will grow their professional networks and their team of mentors, while connecting with a community that is committed to developing tomorrow’s women leaders in STEM.
  • We meet monthly,  at various locations on Northwestern’s Chicago or Evanston campus to discuss a rotating topic of interest.
  • Meetings will typically involve a speaker or workshop followed by break-away small group discussion, or an off-campus activity.
  • We kicked off again in Evanston on October and on the Chicago campus in November, and hosted a Holiday party with NUPA and the UIC PDA in December.
  • STEM Circuits will resume in late January 2020, continuing to meet monthly until our end-of-spring wrap-up event (June, 2020 in Evanston). See upcoming STEM Circuits tab and calendar for more information.  
  • STEM Circuits discussion topics are informed by participant surveys. If you are interested in STEM Circuits, please take our 1-2 minute survey here

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 tools for effectively conveying your research to diverse audiences)
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship

Check out the ‘Upcoming STEM Circuits‘ page for future events!