Darienne Ciuro Sanchez, a Dual Language science teacher at Urbana Middle School tests the charge on a battery during a beadboarding activity (Photo provided) Darienne Ciuro Sanchez, a Dual Language science teacher at Urbana Middle School tests the charge on a battery during a beadboarding activity for the Catalyzing Inclusive STEM Experiences All Year Round (CISTEM365) 2021 Summer Institute, held in July. Sanchez was one of 36 educators who are participating in the program during the 2021-22 academic year. An initiative of the Grainger College of Engineering, at the University of Illinois in partnership with the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity, the program is designed to equip educators with the knowledge, resources, and support to provide students—particularly those who are underrepresented in STEM fields—with quality, informal STEM learning opportunities outside of the classroom through STEM clubs.

Program prepares STEM educators to teach all students

November 30, 2021

This summer, a group of educators from across Illinois gathered at the 2021 CISTEME365 Virtual Institute to learn about engaging STEM activities they can do with their students—including building a projector with a lens and other materials—and the math, science, and engineering concepts behind them.

During their six days together, they also turned a metaphorical lens on themselves and their educational, political, and social systems, so that they could start to recognize their biases and systemic inequities that exist; understand the root causes; and ultimately, take steps to ensure that STEM opportunities for their students are equitable and inclusive.

“We all care about STEM and increasing participation of students who have historically been excluded and marginalized into these pathways,” said Meagan Pollock, a consultant, developer, and trainer for the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE). But because of biases and other factors we’re not always are of, we can unintentionally create environments that aren’t welcoming to or supportive of all students.

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Undergrads get a taste of research through I-MRSEC’s REU program

November 11, 2021

I-MRSEC REU Dr. C.Q. Chen shows REU participants one of the MRL’s transmission electron microscopes.
Dr. C.Q. Chen, a Materials Research Lab staff scientist, shows (left to right) REU participants Ross Lee, Sophie Roberts (in background), and Diana Hernandez one of the MRL’s transmission electron microscopes during a tour of the lab in July 2021.

This summer, Sophie Roberts took a leap forward on her career path to becoming a professor at a research university. Roberts, now a senior physics major at the University of Northern Iowa, was one of 10 undergraduates from across the US who participated in the Illinois Materials Research Science and Engineering Center’s (I-MRSEC) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. “I wanted to learn more about materials science,” she said of her interest in participating in the program. “My background is condensed matter physics, which is related to materials science. So, I hoped to explore the field to determine which graduate programs to apply to – physics, materials science, or both.”

Now in its fourth year at the University of Illinois, the 10-week summer research program offers incoming college juniors and seniors studying engineering, physics, chemistry, materials science, or a related field the opportunity to work closely with faculty members to participate in some of the ongoing, interdisciplinary research programs on campus. Funded by a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, the program also provides training to help the students in their professional development as scientists and engineers with particular emphasis on the skills related to communicating their scientific discoveries to help broaden its reach and make science more accessible.

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Program prepares STEM educators to teach all students

November 30, 2021
This summer, a group of educators gathered to learn about engaging STEM activities they can do with their students.
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Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program

November 11, 2021
Undergrads get a taste of research through I-MRSEC’s REU program.
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June 16, 2021
Ten undergraduate students are spending the summer of 2021 discovering what research is like.
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MatSE Afterschool Academy

MatSE Afterschool Academy

June 14, 2021
MatSE Afterschool Academy to Introduce Students to Materials Science and Beyond.
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Taylor Tucker Embraces Multidisciplinary Interest

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June 14, 2021
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May 17, 2021
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Joshua Whitely makes an adjustment to the 3D Bioprinter during the demo.

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May 12, 2021
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Elani and Gonzalo shine a UV light on a rose that has absorbed a solution that has made it fluorescent.

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May 7, 2021
What is fluorescence? What causes it?
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Joshua Whitely makes an adjustment to the 3D Bioprinter during the demo.

HackIllinois 2021 “Rekindled Connections” With The Tech Community

May 5, 2021
Annual student hackathon HackIllinois with the aim of developing projects on current problems facing society.
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A Shane Mayer-Gawlik image of the Bridger Aurora, part of his Night Skies photography collection exhibited at the Art-Science Festival.

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April 26, 2021
Illinois Art-Science Festival: Illuminating the Universe...from the Quantum World to the Cosmos.
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Joshua Whitely makes an adjustment to the 3D Bioprinter during the demo.

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April 22, 2021
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HML 2021 Virtual Health

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April 19, 2021
Make-a-Thon Gives Citizen Scientists a Shot at Making Their Health-Related Innovations a Reality.
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I-MRSEC’s Music Video

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April 7, 2021
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Health Make-a-Thon Orientation

HML 2021 Health Orientation

March 30, 2021
HML 2021 Health Make-a-Thon Orientation Prepares Finalists for Competition.
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March 25, 2021
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Carmen Paquette street performing.

Love of Science

March 9, 2021
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An Engineering Exploration participant exhibits the tower they built as part of the engineering challenge related to Civil Engineering

Engineering Exploration

March 2, 2021
SWE’s Engineering Exploration Outreach Lives Up to Its Name.

ChiS&E’s Family STEM Day

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February 23, 2021
Helps Chicago Youngsters Progress Along the STEM Pipeline Toward Engineering.

Kathny Walsh

Kathy Walsh

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I-MRSEC’s Music Video

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January 4, 2021
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