Pathways to Science and Engineering (PSE) – Fall 2020

From Tuesday, October 6th to Tuesday, November 24th, the Center for STEM Education launched its first Pathways to Science and Engineering session. This program is geared towards high school students interested in pursuing careers in STEM. Graduate students, faculty members, and alumnae across various disciplines present their current research or topics related to STEM in a pre-recorded presentation. The students watch them and come up with questions to ask the respective presenters during the live Q&A session.

If you are interested in being apart of our Spring 2021 PSE session, please visit this page: https://stem.northeastern.edu/programs/ayp/pathways/.

Fall 2020 – Program Summary
Week 1 (October 6th): Pharmaceutical Sciences
John Famiglietti, Undergraduate Student, Characterization of Novel Dopamine D3 Receptor Agonists for G Protein Subtype Bias
Jade Law, Undergraduate Student, Pharmaceutical Sciences Undergrad Research
Session Feedback [Strongly Agree = 2, Neutral = 0, Strongly Disagree = -2]:
Engaging = 0.92 | Well-Organized = 1.44 | Perception of Science/Eng. = 0.92

Week 2 (October 13th): Bioengineering
McKay Cavanaugh, Graduate Student, Finding a treatment for Glaucoma
Session Feedback [Strongly Agree = 2, Neutral = 0, Strongly Disagree = -2]:
Engaging = 1.20 | Well-Organized = 1.46| Perception of Science/Eng. = 1.03

Week 3 (October 20th): Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering
Sandra Shefelbine, Professor, The role of mechanical loading in skeletal health 
Session Feedback [Strongly Agree = 2, Neutral = 0, Strongly Disagree = -2]:
Engaging = 1.18 | Well-Organized = 1.40| Perception of Science/Eng. = 1.10

Week 4 (October 27th): Behavioral Neuroscience and Electrical and Computer Engineering
Julia Mitchell, Graduate Student, Sex Differences in Associative Fear Learning in Rodents
Session Feedback [Strongly Agree = 2, Neutral = 0, Strongly Disagree = -2]:
Engaging = 1.63 | Well-Organized = 1.84| Perception of Science/Eng. = 1.63

James Tukaph, Graduate Student, Humanoids in the real world
Session Feedback [Strongly Agree = 2, Neutral = 0, Strongly Disagree = -2]:
Engaging = 1.63 | Well-Organized = 1.84| Perception of Science/Eng. = 1.63

Week 5 (November 3rd): Chemical Engineering
Rebecca Carrier, Professor, LIVE PRESENTATION
Session Feedback [Strongly Agree = 2, Neutral = 0, Strongly Disagree = -2]:
Engaging = 1.21 | Well-Organized = 1.38| Perception of Science/Eng. = 1.08

Week 6 (November 10th): Pharmacy
Michelle Jacobs, Professor, Home blood pressure monitoring program
Session Feedback [Strongly Agree = 2, Neutral = 0, Strongly Disagree = -2]:
Engaging = 1.82 | Well-Organized = 1.88| Perception of Science/Eng. = 1.65

Week 7 (November 17th): Physics
Adrian Feiguin, Professor, The spooky world of quantum mechanics
Session Feedback [Strongly Agree = 2, Neutral = 0, Strongly Disagree = -2]:
Engaging = 1.46 | Well-Organized = 1.69| Perception of Science/Eng. = 1.69

Week 8 (November 24th): Undergraduates at Northeastern University
Salima Amiji, Undergraduate Student, Pharmacy
Natasha Zaarour, Undergraduate Student, Behavioral Neuroscience
Sena Szczepaniuk, Undergraduate Student, Biology
Session Feedback [Strongly Agree = 2, Neutral = 0, Strongly Disagree = -2]:
Engaging = 1.54 | Well-Organized = 1.54| Perception of Science/Eng. = 1.54

Overall Feedback:
– “I really enjoyed hearing your individual experiences and learned a lot about the college process as well as Northeastern specifically.”
– “I did not know a lot about quantum physics before, so it was really interesting to hear about how it is able to calculate probabilities as well as decay in isotopes.”
– “The session was really interesting in a sense that I was able to learn something that I never considered before. I knew that sport players often get injuries from practicing but I didn’t know about how by practicing too much it can also cause damage over time. I was fascintated by the different tool used to measure the players as well as their body. The use of rowing is also interesting as it helps you from preventing the injury from getting worse as well as how unique this treatment is.”
-“I recommend this session because of how interesting both presentations are. Julia talk about reaction to shock is easy to understand and also interesting specifically when she describes the different results of whether darting differs between male and female. His presentation really helps incoming freshman have a better sense of whether his major suits him as he goes through the different things he had done from freshman to senior and now grads school. For example, his robot for detecting light was really fascinating as well as the robot he built communicating with people.”
– “I would definitely recommend this session. The slides were very organized and I definitely got to know more about the presenters and the things they do in Northeastern. They were able to provide us with lots of information regarding courses and preparation did before or during Northeastern. Overall, I really enjoyed the session.”

K-12 Student Engagement (2020-2021)

Number of students directly interacted with with program efforts so far this year (as of May 2021):

1473

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