"All the traditional STEM fields, the science, technology, engineering, and math fields, are stoked when you dream big in an agency such as NASA."
Neil deGrasse Tyson

STEM Career Investigation Program

Through the STEM Career Investigation Program (SCIP), high school students (grades 10 through 12) are given the opportunity to observe research presentations by STEM professionals in a wide array of specialties in order to understand how the STEM disciplines are integrated and to recognize the potential career paths available. Six speakers are selected from the Colleges of Science and Engineering and the School of Medicine at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), Desert Research Institute (DRI), Tesla Motors, Renown Health, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, and Nevada Advanced Autonomous Systems Innovation Center (NAASIC) and invited to present their backgrounds, education, and current research so that students can see that there are multiple paths to a career. They also engage the students with a hands-on activity to reinforce the points of their presentations and answer questions about their current jobs.

There are six sessions in the SCIP series that runs from early February to mid-March. The weekly sessions are held on consecutive weekdays in the Raggio Research Center at the UNR College of Education from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and include snacks and drinks. Students are selected from Washoe County School District high schools as well as the Davidson Academy on the UNR campus. They are asked to complete several surveys during the series including a pre and post STEM Student Attitude survey taken on the first and final day, a Session Survey taken after each session and a Nexus Evaluation survey on the final day, rating the program and achievement of program objectives.