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.
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STEM Speaker Series
Spring 2020 Speakers
- Thursday, February 6: Dr. Mark Hanson, Director of Sustainable Services at Hoffman Planning, Design & Construction, Inc. of Appleton, WI will describe solar schools at or approaching zero energy that are being built at construction costs equal to or below regional cost average. The presentation provides examples of school solar financial analysis and implementation that must become routine if we are to battle climate change. Watch video.
- Tuesday, March 10: International Perspectives on Encouraging Women in STEM. A panel discussion with Open World delegates from Russia and faculty members from Madison College. Each panelist will share their efforts to encourage women to pursue STEM careers. Room D1630, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
- Postponed: Assoc. Professor Andrew Pawl will talk about the Engineering Physics Program at UW-Platteville.
- Postponed: Xueli Wang will talk about her recently published book, "On My Own: The Challenge and Promise of Building Equitable STEM Transfer Pathways."
- Postponed: Bethany Sansing-Helton will present her talk from the Annual Council for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC) conference, Increasing STEM Transfer Readiness Among Underrepresented Minority Two-Year College Students: Examining Course-Taking Patterns, Experiences, and Interventions.
Information about postponed speakers will be listed as it becomes available.
Previous speakers, Fall 2019
- Thursday, September 19: Dr. Ken Walz, Madison College Instructor, will discuss Rooftop Solar System & Renewable Energy at Madison College. Join us from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm in room D1630B at Truax. Watch video.
- Monday, September 30: Simon Livingston-Jha, former MC student and current Project Manager/Mechanical Engineer at Credo Product Development will talk about his career path and how the different STEM disciplines overlap. 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm in room D1630C at Truax.
- Thursday, October 17: Dr. Jennifer Jackowski, Chemistry Instructor and Engineering Transfer Coordinator will highlight her experiences as an exchange faculty in the Netherlands last summer. 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm in room D1630C at Truax. Watch video.
- Thursday, October 31: Aaron Goldsmith will entertain and educate us with Juggling Theorem: An Introduction to Shannon Information. 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm in room D1630B at Truax. Watch video.
- Tuesday, November 12: Betsy Wood,Student Services and Graduate Coordinator at UW-Madison will talk about the Biological Systems Engineering program. 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm in room D1630C at Truax.
- Thursday, December 5, Bryce Sprecher from UW-Madison will talk about photogrammetry and virtual reality. 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm in room D3620 at Truax.
Previous speakers, Spring 2019
- February 6: Rachael Lancor from Edgewood College will present STEM Opportunities at Edgewood with an emphasis on Renewable Energy and Engineering. 3:30-4:30 pm in room E2800.
- February 20: Dr. Robert Joynt will highlight Quantum Computing and UW-Madison's MS in Physics. 3:30-4:30 pm in room E2800.
- March 6: Screening of CODE, Debugging the Gender Gap, a film by Robin Hauser Reynolds. 3:00-4:30 pm in Intercultural Exchange, room C1430.
- March 27: Andy Plante-Kropp from Voxy. 3:30-4:30 pm in room D2610.
- April 17: Zbigniew Krejpcio from Poznan University in Poland and Filbright Scholar at Univ. of Alabama will present "The Sweet Problem--Alternatives for Sugar?" 3:30-4:30 pm in room D2610.
- April 24: Dr. Paul Mitchel, Associate Professor, and undergrad students from Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics (AAE) at UW-Madison will talk about their research and capstone projects. 3:30pm to 4:30pm in room C1454.
Previous speakers, Fall 2018
- September 19, Zong Her, Madison College: “Personal Journey into Information Technology.” Watch video
- October 3, Paul Johnson, UW-Madison Department of Actuarial sciences: “An Actuarial Career.” Watch video.
- October 18, Andy Kurth, Madison College: “Report from Our Antarctic Weather Stations.” Watch video.
- October 23, Baudien Gebbink, visiting STEM Faculty from Holland: " The Technician of the Future: 21st Century Skills for Preparing a Changing Workforce." Watch video.
- October 31, Ethan Cayko and Brandon Pittser, Filament Games: “The Game-Based Learning Industry.” Watch video.
- November 14, Bethany Sansing-Helton, Madison College: “Digging into the Data: Uncovering patterns for successful STEM transfer." Watch video.
- December 4, Kevin Mirus, Madison College: "Making Beautiful Snowflakes and Other Critical 21st Century Paper-Cutting Skills." Watch video.
The STEM Academy is a dual enrollment program for high school students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Math (STEM). Students take a full-time schedule of college classes at Madison College over 11th and 12th grade. Dual enrollment allows students to earn both college and high school credits. Students attend Madison College full time during the day and participate in home high schools extra-curricular activities and events after the school day ends.
Participating school districts pay the cost of students to attend the STEM Academy. Students can earn up to 60 college credits at no cost to themselves or their families. Currently, Madison Metropolitan School District and Sun Prairie Area School District are the only participating high schools.
Students focus on college classwork in their STEM interests and earn a large number of college credits that apply to four-year colleges and universities. Some students will earn up to 60 credits for the Associate of Science degree. This allows them to start at a four-year college with enough transfer credits for junior standing. Other students may complete up to the first year of an applied associate degree in an applied STEM field, which can be completed in one more year at Madison College after high school.
How to Apply
Tenth grade students from participating school districts who meet the entrance criteria can apply. Applicants must have at least a 2.25 cumulative GPA, 90% attendance rate, and minimum progress toward high school graduation requirements in English, math, science, social studies, physical education, and health classes. Current participating districts have a limited number of available positions, so application to the program does not guarantee admission.
Interested students or families from Madison Metropolitan School District or Sun Prairie Area School District should contact their high schools for more information about the application process and timeline. Other interested families can urge their districts to consider a partnership with Madison College to provide this opportunity to their district’s students.Support
STEM Career Opportunities and Tours
Check back for information on tours with local employers.
Trips are being planned to the Promega headquarters in Fitchburg, a local Bolt Company construction site, and other STEM employers. Details and registration information will be posted as soon as available.
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.Scholars
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:
- 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
- Work as a STEM Intern
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.