STEM Center


The STEM Center’s vision is to be the access point for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) exploration, inspiration and collaboration.

The STEM Center at Madison College provides inclusive and innovative programming, services and guidance to foster engagement and success in STEM careers.


STEM Speaker Series

Fall 2018, Upcoming

Making Beautiful Snowflakes and Other Critical 21st Century Paper-Cutting Skills by Kevin Mirus, STEM Center Director, Tuesday, December 4, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Room E2800

If you took a piece of paper, folded it, made just one straight-line cut and then unfolded the pieces, what kind of shapes do you think you could make? It's possible to cut out any possible shape made up of straight lines using this process!  In this presentation, Kevin Mirus, STEM Center Director, will demonstrate fold and cut theorem and show techniques to figure out how to fold and cut any straight line shape you want.  Audience members will receive a packet of shapes, including snowflakes, stars, and all the letters of the alphabet to fold and cut out for themselves during the talk.

Recent Speakers

  • Wednesday, September 19, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., Room E2800. Zong Her, Madison College: “Personal Journey into Information Technology”. Watch video
  • Wednesday, October 3, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., Room E2800. Paul Johnson, UW-Madison Department of Actuarial sciences: “An Actuarial Career”. Watch video.
  • Thursday, October 18, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., Room E2800. Andy Kurth, Madison College: “Report from Our Antarctic Weather Stations”. Watch video.
  • Tuesday, October 23 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., Room E2800. Baudien Gebbink, visiting STEM Faculty from Holland: " The Technician of the Future: 21st Century Skills for Preparing a Changing Workforce."  Watch video.
  • Wednesday, October 31, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., Room E2800. Ethan Cayko, Filament Games: “The Game-Based Learning Industry”. Watch video.
  • Wednesday, November 14, 3:30 – 4:30 PM, Room E2800. Bethany Sansing Helton, Madison College: “Digging into the Data: Uncovering patterns for successful STEM transfer" Watch video.

STEM Scholars Program

The STEM Center supports the need to increase the number of underrepresented minority students who have a career interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) by hosting the STEM Scholars program. This is a faculty mentoring program that provides peer support to scholars.

This program establishes and nurtures a learning community for students who share a common interest in pursuing careers in STEM. Participants in the program receive guidance, support and training to allow them to navigate the college system successfully and encourage their progress towards a career in STEM.

Click on the buttons to learn more about the program or to apply to become a STEM Scholar.


All students in the STEM Scholars program are eligible for a stipend or hourly wage thanks to two National Science Foundation (NSF) grants. Scholars funded through the WiscAMP Scholars Transfer Preparation program grant are referred to as WiscAMP Scholars. Scholars funded through the LSAMP Inspire Scholars grant are referred to as LSAMP Scholars as well as peer leaders, peer tutors and peer guides (not currently recruiting for peer opportunities).

WiscAMP Scholars are students who have completed at least two semesters at Madison College and have completed College Algebra or higher math course with B or better. Eligible applicants should have completed at least 6 credits of transferable STEM coursework and be planning to transfer in Fall 2019.  WiscAMP Scholars will receive a stipend of ~$1,900/sem. for successful completion of the program. Students who already have a bachelor’s degree in any subject are ineligible.

LSAMP Scholars are students in their first year at Madison College or who are just beginning to transition into college level, transferable STEM courses. Applicants must be eligible to enroll in Elementary Algebra with Applications or a higher math course.  Level 1 and 2 LSAMP Scholars will receive stipends of $250/semester and $500/semester respectively for successful completion of the program. Students who already have a bachelor’s degree in any subject are ineligible.


STEM Opportunities

Opportunities for community collaboration include:

  • Speaking and demonstration opportunities
  • Presence at outreach events
  • Collaboration with Madison College Science, Technology, Engineering and Math faculty and students

Opportunities for current and prospective students include:

  • Mentoring
  • Career mapping
  • Speaker series
  • Collaboration space for STEM students, clubs and organizations
  • Programming and services aimed to improve student success in degree completion and/or transfer

STEM Career Opportunities and Tours

Fall 2018

Learn about Chemical and Industrial Engineering careers and take a tour of Hydrite Chemical Company in Cottage Grove on Thursday, September 20 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Sign up in advance. Space is limited to 20 students.


Answering the call for highly trained graduates in the STEM fields