Community Initiatives

X-SigStarting in the fall of 2013, two new initiatives have been established to enhance our science students’ sense of community and leadership abilities: a Science House for residential and co-curricular activities, and a program where STEM majors are trained to be effective peer mentors.

Science House:  The Science House is organized around the common intellectual interests of its residents, and will host various activities such as a journal club and science-related social gatherings. Students interested in applying to Science House for 15-16 should contact Dr. Wedlock.

Peer Science  Mentors in Introductory Science Courses:  Students interested in being Peer Mentors in introductory science courses are receiving formal training in active learning. Students interested in applying to be Peer Science Mentors for spring 2015 should contact the faculty member teaching a specific intro course directly.

Summer Research Program: Our summer program includes weekly brown bag lunches where members of different research labs present updates on their research. In addition, we have a series of round tables to discuss ethical questions in science, the importance of communication, and life in graduate school. All summer students present at our X-SIG poster session during Family weekend.