STEM-IL Events

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Upcoming Events that may be of interest to STEM students:

More Information on larger events:

Bioscience Career Forum

Friday, April 8, 2022

Southern Connecticut State University, The Connecticut State Colleges and Universities, and the Jackson Laboratory invite you to the event, Bioscience Careers Forum CONNECTICUT Shaping the Future of Healthcare: The Role of Innovation in Rapid Technology Development.

  • Get perspectives from industry leaders.
  • Learn about exciting career and educational opportunities in bioscience, technology, and related business ventures.
  • Develop tools for landing a job, and networking skills for professional development.

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Undergraduate Research and Creativity Conference

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Undergraduates at any level who have been working on a project over the past year are encouraged to present either a short talk, roundtable discussion, or a poster describing their work. Creative works including art installations, theatrical performances, and music, will also be presented. The day will celebrate the many kinds of research and creative activity that our undergraduates have done this year!

Graduate Research and Creativity Conference

Monday, May 2, 2022

This conference was created to highlight graduate student research, help students gain professional development experience, and to form an interdisciplinary community among SCSU graduate students and faculty. The presentations highlighted in this conference demonstrate the diverse scope of subjects engaged by students from many disciplines.

Materials and Manufacturing Summer Teacher's Institute 

Thursday, July 21st - Friday, July 22nd, 2022

This professional development workshop is designed to acquaint science teachers with real-life applications of STEM skills in today’s manufacturing environment.

Teachers will learn about current demands in the manufacturing industry – and consider how to prepare students with the skills to meet these demands - by completing a STEM design challenge project and by networking with other STEM educators from across the state, CEOs of local companies, and members of the Connecticut Department of Education.

The workshop will be in-person at SCSU and will include virtual tours of area manufacturing facilities.


Past Events

1st Annual Werth Pitch Competition

Date: April 10th, 2021, 12-2 pm EST

Have you ever had an idea for a business or invention in your field and wanted to do more? Do you like to watch Shark Tank? Have you ever thought "why isn't this a thing, it would make my life so much easier"? Join the Office of STEM-IL for a day of business exploration, STEM innovation, and business development. Share your idea or research with us and earn prizes, meet mentors, and network with fellow students and colleagues. This is an amazing chance to get your business or idea off of the ground.

Students can pitch a business or product, or compete in one of our specialized tracks:

  • Sustainability- have the next big idea to make our world more sustainable? Tell us about it!
  • Research- Show off your science communication skills and practice for the Undergraduate and Graduate Research Competitions. Best Presentations will win!
  • Club and Community Building- Have an idea to make your club experience better or build community at SCSU? Pitch us a pizza party or even a parade!

register here.

Pitch Slam with Yale and UCONN

Date: March 25th, 7 pm

Calling all Southern, UConn and Yale students! This pitch slam is a safe (virtual) space to nourish new ideas. In-the-moment epiphanies are highly encouraged. Polish won’t win you prestige at this event. But make it quick: the three-minute time limit and one-slide presentation will be strictly enforced!

Share your brilliant idea with the world—whether you need team members, feedback, or you just want to practice presenting and test out a nascent idea risk-free. All ideas are welcome and wanted, regardless of how fleshed out, feasible, or funky they are. Test the concept for your someday TED talk, share your secret theory, pitch your unfundable-but-the-world-needs-it business ideas, found a support group, bare your soul—get creative.

Pre-event registration slots are limited but have no fear; we are saving time at the end of the pitch slam for spontaneous pitches and creating a waitlist to prioritize those who didn’t make the cutoff at our next pitch slam. Sign up to pitch here or watch here!

Design Thinking: New Ways to Problem Solve

Date: February 26th, 1pm-5pm

Join the Office of STEM-IL as we aid students to introduce creative and innovative ways to problem solve. This Design-Thinking Workshop, funded by the Werth Family Foundation, will help students apply human-centered techniques to solve problems in a creative and innovative way. As students participate in this short course, they will develop innovative solutions to individual designs and professional goals. Students will learn how to center empathy in problem-solving, and thoroughly understanding problems before designing solutions. 

This course has limited registration.

Sign up for this workshop here!

Communicating Value Workshop

Date: March 5th, 2021, 1pm - 5pm

How would you talk about your project or idea without getting off topic? How do you make sure you hit all the correct points that investors want to hear?

Join the Office of STEM-IL as we introduce participants to value propositions and communicating value! This workshop, funded by the Werth Family Foundation, will help students understand how to communicate at a faster, more effective pace when attempting to deliver their research/project ideas.

More importantly, this workshop will aid students in determining what is/what is not essential to their pitches.

This course has limited registration.

Sign up for this workshop here!


Virtual Event with Alexion Pharmaceuticals with the SCSU Chemistry Honor Society and the Biotechnology Club 

Date: March 19th, 3-4 pm

RSVP Here and Access the Event Here

Alexion is a pharmaceutical company with headquarters located in Boston, MA and a division of the company located in New Haven, CT. Join us March 19th, from 3-4pm for a presentation and discussion on small molecules, biologics, and medications currently and previously developed at Alexion and what it is like to work in the industry. 

Our speakers will be:

  • Dr. Krista Johnson- Director of Exploratory and Translational Research

  • Dr. Justin Burt- Director of Synthetic Process Development 

  • Sushil Abraham- Vice President of Drug Substance Process Development from Alexion Pharmaceuticals. 

Moreover, we are doing a raffle for those who attended the event. One attendee will win a SCSU Chemistry Mask!


Industry Support: Replacing Start-Up Weekend

Want to pitch but feeling like your idea needs support or feedback? Funded by the Werth Family Foundation, STEM-IL is pleased to announce an opportunity to have your idea evaluated by industry consultants. This is a chance for students to invest all things learned in our previous workshops to help them bring their ideas to the next level.

Don’t have an idea and want to come up with one from scratch? Industry mentors from Mindtrust Labs will review your ideas and give meaningful feedback.

Email to reserve a spot