Pathways to STEM Update

As the week begins the conclude we have reached the halfway point for our virtual program, Pathways to STEM, where on Tuesdays we discuss engineering and on Thursdays science. Pathway to STEM is a virtual after school program geared towards high school students that allows them to explore various topics within STEM through presentations with the support of faculty here at Northeastern University. Students have the ability to ask faculty and professors about their research, and educational journey among other things. We began the program on the last week of September and it will conclude the third week of November, the week of November 15th. Thus far we’ve explored topics such as the future of wireless communication networks, designing new drugs, the internet of things, robot coordination, how man made chemicals can affect the environment, along with other subjects. As we are halfway through the program it is important for students to reflect on the presentations they have attended and continue to show up for the topics they are interested in as it’s a good way to interact first hand with an expert in the field.

Fall 2021 – Program Summary

Week 1 Tuesday (September 28th): [Electrical Engineering]

Josep Jornet, Professor, Defining the Future of Wireless Communication Networks
Session Feedback [Strongly Agree = 2, Neutral = 0, Strongly Disagree = -2]:
Engaging = 1.1 | Well-Organized = 1.0 | Perception of Science/Eng. = 0.90

Week 1 Thursday (September 30th): [Chemistry]

Rein Kirss, Professor, Designing Drugs
Session Feedback [Strongly Agree = 2, Neutral = 0, Strongly Disagree = -2]:
Engaging = 1.0 | Well-Organized = 1.22 | Perception of Science/Eng. = 1.1

Week 2 Tuesday (October 5th): [Computer Engineering]

Stefano Basagni, Professor, Learning Green Routes: An Intro to the Intelligent Use of Wake-Up Radio Technology for the Internet of Things
Session Feedback [Strongly Agree = 2, Neutral = 0, Strongly Disagree = -2]:
Engaging = 1.36 | Well-Organized = 1.55 | Perception of Science/Eng. = 1.09

Week 2 Thursday (October 7th):

Northeastern University Students, Behavioral Neuroscience Student Panel

Week 3 Tuesday (October 12th): [Department]

Sidi Bencherif, Professor, Engineering Polymeric Hydrogels to Save or Improve Lives
Session Feedback [Strongly Agree = 2, Neutral = 0, Strongly Disagree = -2]:
Engaging = 1.5 | Well-Organized = 1.3 | Perception of Science/Eng. = 1.66

Week 3 Thursday (October 14th): [Bioengineering]

Rifat Sipahi, Professor, Networks, Robot Coordination and Challenges
Session Feedback [Strongly Agree = 2, Neutral = 0, Strongly Disagree = -2]:
Engaging = 0.75 | Well-Organized = 1.5 | Perception of Science/Eng. = 1.5

Week 4 Tuesday (October 19th): [Mechanical Engineering]

Sandra Shefelbine, Professor, The Role of Mechanical Loading in Skeletal Health
Session Feedback [Strongly Agree = 2, Neutral = 0, Strongly Disagree = -2]:
Engaging = 1.86 | Well-Organized = 1.86 | Perception of Science/Eng. = 1.86

Week 4 Thursday (October 21st): [Environmental Chemistry]

Loretta Fernandez, Professor, Man-made Chemicals in the Environment
Session Feedback [Strongly Agree = 2, Neutral = 0, Strongly Disagree = -2]:
Engaging = 2.0 | Well-Organized = 1.5 | Perception of Science/Eng. = 1.5

Week 5 Tuesday (October 26th): [Computer Engineering]

David Kaeli, Professor, Let’s Discuss Your Big Data
Session Feedback [Strongly Agree = 2, Neutral = 0, Strongly Disagree = -2]:
Engaging = 1.17 | Well-Organized = 1.14 | Perception of Science/Eng. = 1.0

Week 5 Thursday (October 28th): [Pharmacy]

Michelle Jacobs, Professor, Home Blood Pressure Monitoring
Session Feedback [Strongly Agree = 2, Neutral = 0, Strongly Disagree = -2]:
Engaging = 0.75 | Well-Organized = 0.75 | Perception of Science/Eng. = 0.75

Week 6 Tuesday (November 2nd): [Chemical Engineering]

Rebecca Willits, Professor, Materials for Tissue Engineering
Session Feedback [Strongly Agree = 2, Neutral = 0, Strongly Disagree = -2]:
Engaging = 2.0 | Well-Organized = 2.0 | Perception of Science/Eng. = 1.0

Week 6 Thursday (November 4th): [Neuroscience]

Erin Meier, Professor, Brain-behavior Predictors of Naming Therapy Response in People with Post-stroke Aphasia
Session Feedback [Strongly Agree = 2, Neutral = 0, Strongly Disagree = -2]:
Engaging = 1.6 | Well-Organized = 1.6 | Perception of Science/Eng. = 1.4

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Number of students directly interacted with with program efforts in AY 2020-21 (Sept ’20 – July ’21):

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