Hartnell College STEM Colloquium



Our speakerís series started up in fall 2008.  Throughout the fall semester eight different speakers gave presentations to students and staff of the science and math department at Hartnell College.  A number of the speakers were former Hartnell Alumni who have gone on to interesting careers in STEM fields, many of them doing cutting edge research in industry and academia.  Whatever the particular subject matter of the talk, the main purpose is to expose our students to scientists, mathematicians, and engineers and the work that they are doing.  The speakers usually trace their path from their high school and college days to their current occupation and then give a technical talk on some interesting aspect of their work.  These talks have ranged through subjects in the fields of biology, engineering, nuclear physics and veterinary medicine.  Besides the educational aspect of the talk, it gives our students an opportunity to meet and interact with professionals in subject areas that they may have an interest in and to see them as ordinary people who have achieved success by hard work, determination and enthusiasm for their field of interest.  These speakers serve as excellent role models and expose our students to many stimulating ideas and potential careers that they might not normally encounter in the classroom.


The series continues this spring with many new and interesting talks scheduled.  Talks are generally on Thursday or Friday afternoons in Merrill Hall room M-1.  The talks begin at 2:00 pm with refreshments and an opportunity to mingle with the speakers starting at 1:30 pm.


 See the Spring 2009 Colloquium Schedule


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