STEM Circuits

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

  • 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. 
  • 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 will also host a kick-off event (Oct. 30th) Holiday party (Dec. 18th, 2019), and end-of-spring wrap-up event (June, 2020) to connect with local STEM professionals and other program participants. 
  • 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.
  • STEM Circuits discussion topics are informed by participant surveys. If you are interested in STEM Circuits, please take our 1-2 minute survey here

Register here for the next STEM Circuits on the Chicago campus, November 19th – More info can be found on the Upcoming STEM Circuits page.

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