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Posted Nov. 23, 2018, 8 a.m. by Laurie Higgins | View Comments
Young female veterinarian holding a yellow cat and smiling.

If you love animals, becoming a veterinarian or vet tech is an obvious career choice. But there are plenty of other exciting STEM jobs working with animals in fields you might never have considered. And you can explore some of those careers in summer programs on college campuses. At the University of California at Davis, many students begin studying in the department of animal science with the intention of becoming veterinarians, but a surprising number change their minds along the way, student academic advisor Kathryn Jackson said. “They start experiencing some other things that we have in the department, and ...

Posted Nov. 17, 2018, 8 a.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
Astronaut standing on the moon in space suit.

On July 20, 1969, the entire world held its collective breath as astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon. You may have seen those grainy images that were transmitted back to earth. This was one of those moments that signaled the dawn of a new era. It’s hard to imagine now how an act of science – combined with bravery and the mystery of the unknown – transfixed so many people long before the age of social media. For a hint, you might want to see “First Man,” the latest movie about the Apollo 11 mission. We ...

Posted Sept. 24, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Maine Maritime Academy: Brandon St. Germain

Brandon St. Germain studies engineering at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, ME. Why did you choose to participate in a STEM program? Math and science have always been my favorite subjects. Math and science studies provide me with great challenge, they’re intriguing, and have helped me hone my skills as a problem-solver. At Maine Maritime Academy, Thermodynamics has been my favorite class. I found it fascinating to study the properties of different substances, how they react under different temperatures and pressures, and their practical applications for our lives. How did you decide which STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) field was ...

Posted Sept. 10, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Pennsylvania College of Technology: David Zlotnicki

David Zlotnicki is studying electronics and computer engineering technology at Pennsylvania College of Technology. Have you always been interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields? I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to major in when I was in high school. Math wasn’t my strong suit, but I liked electronics, and computer classes were my favorite, so I figured I’d give that a try. Once I started applying math and science concepts to what I was building and testing in electronics labs, it became more interesting to me. I never thought I would be the one to take ...

Posted Sept. 4, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
College of Mount Saint Vincent: Aneesa Alli

Aneesa Alli studied at the College of Mount St. Vincent in Riverdale, N.Y., and wants to be a pediatric nurse practitioner. Why did you choose to study a STEM subject in college? I chose to participate in a STEM program because I felt that it would point me in the right direction in my career. Being part of a STEM program at the College of Mount Saint Vincent has placed me in the company of other students with similar passions. How did you decide which STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) field was right for you? During my senior year of ...

Posted July 23, 2018, 8 a.m. by Barbra Weidlein | View Comments
Doctor playing ukulele and wearing white coat.

Are you passionate about science – and your trombone? Do you picture yourself becoming a doctor – and still want to sing? Are you an aspiring audio engineer who excels in physics? Are you trying to figure out how to put together a career in mathematics without giving up the violin? If you’re a strong STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) student and a proficient musician, there’s good news: When you graduate from high school, you can do both. An increasing number of students are finding creative ways to keep their STEM interest and love of music alive in college ...

Posted July 15, 2018, 8 a.m. by Laurie Higgins | View Comments
Young blond woman in blue sweater working on robotics.

Every October, the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science in Columbus hosts a Science Carnival. Students at the two-year residential school dress in white lab coats and conduct scientific experiments in chemistry, biology and physics for more than 1,000 elementary grade students from nearby schools. It’s just one of the ways the school provides outreach to other teachers and students in the hope that younger children will become excited about the possibilities of science. MSMS is one of a growing number of schools to focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). STEM schools provide innovative learning experiences that help ...

Posted June 22, 2018, 8 a.m. by Bill O'Neill | View Comments
Afro-american woman in computer programming class and smiling

Far more men than women major in the computer sciences, and Gloria Childress Townsend, professor of computer science at DePauw University in Indiana, thinks she knows why. “Ask a young girl to draw a computer scientist, and she draws a male caricature dressed in a white coat and wearing thick glasses,” she said. “There isn’t a clear, accurate picture in the media of the types of IT careers one can have that involve people and engaging ideas.” Women miss out when they don’t consider majoring in computer science, she said. “Young women can take any interest – art, business, health ...

Posted April 14, 2018, 8 a.m. by Bill O'Neill | View Comments
Young woman studying outside on a college campus in the summer.

A classroom might seem like the last place you’d want to spend those precious few weeks of summer vacation, but if it’s a college-level classroom, there might be all kinds of benefits. “Taking college courses during the summer can be a great way to start to get a feel for the academic expectations of a college classroom and can enhance the rigor of your high school curriculum,” says Mike Lynch, director of undergraduate admission at Emerson College in Boston who meets lots of high school students at Emerson’s summer programs. “Doing well in a college course can help admission officers ...

Posted March 6, 2018, 10 a.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
Discover Your Future in Our Guide to STEM Colleges and Programs

It’s easy if you’re a high school student to dismiss talk about your future as just more blah-blah-blah. And 20 years ago, it might have been OK to put that discussion off until you got to college, or hit senior year of college, or, not so rarely, graduated from college. Now, you need to be on top of things and we can provide it with our latest guide to STEM Colleges & Programs. The world is moving quickly, and you don’t want to miss out. And where does it seem to be picking up the most speed? In the STEM ...

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