Discover STEM

Important Note: (updated May 24, 2021)

Given the restrictions affecting in-person youth programming, Discover STEM will be offered as a virtual conference in 2021.

We are committed to providing a safe environment for our community, and we look forward to welcoming youth to campus again soon.


STEM virtual conference for students entering 11th or 12th grade

Wondering which majors and careers in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) will allow you to discover your passions and assure you of an exciting job almost anywhere in the world? Join in a three-day virtual conference that offers an exploration into STEM opportunities.

Three days that could change your life

During the interactive virtual conference, you will network with peers while you learn about current topics in research and academic programs, and explore potential careers through virtual presentations, laboratory tours, science and technology demonstrations, and Q&A sessions. Presenters will include College of Science and Engineering faculty and graduate researchers, recent alumni in industry, and undergraduate students.

Daily schedule

Tuesday
10-10:30 a.m. – Morning huddle
10:30-11 a.m. – Opening keynote
11-11:15 a.m. – Brain break
11:15 a.m.-noon – Research session
Noon-12:30 p.m. – Brown bag lunch and discussion groups
12:30-1 p.m. – Pathways session

Wednesday
10-10:15 a.m. – Morning huddle
10:15 -11 a.m. – Research session
11-11:15 a.m. – Brain break
11:15 a.m.-noon – Research session
Noon-12:30 p.m. – Brown bag lunch and discussion groups
12:30-1 p.m. – Pathways session

Thursday
10-10:15 a.m. – Morning huddle
10:15-11 a.m. – Research session
11-11:15 a.m. – Brain break
11:15 a.m.-noon – Research session
Noon-12:30 p.m. – Brown bag lunch and discussion groups
12:30-1 p.m. – Closing keynote


Admitted students will attend the virtual conference either Tuesday, Aug. 3-Thursday, 5 or Tuesday, Aug.10-Thursday, Aug. 12 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. daily. Each conference will have a unique schedule of presenters representing the variety of STEM pathways available through the College of Science and Engineering.

Engagement expectations

This virtual conference is designed to be highly interactive. Participants will be asked to engage with each other as well as presenters through their device’s camera and microphone.

Cost

Thanks to the generosity of 3M, we are able to offer Discover STEM to admitted students for an enrollment fee of only $25. Full scholarships are available upon request to admitted students demonstrating financial need. The enrollment fee will be collected from students only upon admittance to Discover STEM.

Application Information

New applications are no longer being accepting for Summer 2021programs.

For more information, including scholarship inquiries, send an email to csek12@umn.edu.

Discover STEM is sponsored by

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