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.
Listed below are the speakers and their websites/video presentations:
- Dr. Jennifer Hollander, Lecturer in Biology at UNR
- Dr. Richard Kelley, Chief Engineer at NAASIC
- Dr. Brittany Baguley, Senior Criminalist and DNA Technical Leader, Forensics Science Division at the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office
- Dr. Scott Mensing, Professor of Geography at UNR
- Julia Hudson, Lead Occupational Therapist at Renown Health
- Andy Stevenson, Special Projects Associate at Tesla Motors, Inc.
Listed below are speakers that have previously presented for SCIP:
- Dr. Chris Fritsen, Professor and VP Academic Affairs at DRI
- Dr. Jennifer Hagen, Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Development
- Dr. Michael Leverington, Lecturer in Computer Science and Engineering at UNR
- Dr. Swatee Naik, Professor of Mathematics at UNR
- Dr. Melissa Piasecki, Psychiatrist and Senior Associate Dean at the UNR School of Medicine
- Dr. Ravi Subramanian, Associate Professor of Chemical and Materials Engineering at UNR
- Dr. Danny Taylor, Associate Professor of Mining Engineering at UNR