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STEMCon 2020 was held on Feb. 4 in the Graham Center Ballrooms on the Modesto A. Maidique Campus.

The conference featured a resource fair connecting students to STEM-related student organizations and university resources. Additionally, students attended panel discussions covering topics such as keys to success as a STEM major, requirements and best practices for admission into pre-health graduate programs, STEM transfer perspectives in biology, career exploration, undergraduate research and more.

Students met with resources, potential employers, research labs and graduate programs to help them as they plan for their post-graduation goals.

For more information, contact us at STEMCon@fiu.edu.

STEMCon 2020 attendees listen to the undergraduate research panel

2020 Conference Schedule

  • 10:00 - 11:30 am (Center Ballroom) Resource Fair
    If you are interested in becoming more involved but aren't quite sure where to start, then make sure to attend this session! The morning resource fair will feature multiple student organizations related to the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Attendees will also learn about the various resources FIU has to promote their engagement and success. Come out to connect with clubs, learn about resources, and make the most of your time at FIU!
  • 11:45 - 12:35 pm (East Ballroom) Alumni Panel
    The plenary session will feature FIU Alumni who have graduated from various STEM degrees including Engineering, Sciences, Mathematics and Education. Hear first-hand how our alumni have leveraged their experiences at FIU to achieve their goals, academically and professionally. Make sure to have some questions prepared for our panelists!
  • 12:45 - 1:35 pm (East Ballroom) Paging Dr. Panther! Pre-Health Advising

    The Office of Pre-Health Advising works with students throughout their academic careers to prepare them to apply to their chosen professional programs in Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Physician Assistant, Optometry, Podiatry, or Veterinary Medicine. Students can expect a presentation detailing the process and steps they can take towards reaching their goals.  The presentation will end in a Q&A with a student beginning the application process and a currently admitted student.

  • 12:45 - 1:35 pm (West Ballroom) Keys to Academic Success
    Successful students manage their time properly, use effective study strategies, and utilize appropriate resources when they need help. This panel will provide tips and resources to promote student success, including student engagement, in addition to sharing information on available FIU study resources.
  • 1:45 - 2:35 pm (East Ballroom) Career Exploration & Beyond
    This session will highlight tools students can use to prepare for post-graduation success. Resources to be discussed include FIU’s Career & Talent Development office, Handshake, the importance of hands-on experience, and strategies for developing your employability skills.
  • 1:45 - 2:35 pm (West Ballroom) Secrets to Success: Biology Transfer Student Panel
    What does life look like before and after transferring to FIU? What can you do now to find success later? We welcome all students from neighboring colleges with open arms as they continue their path towards obtaining their Bachelor’s degrees and pursuing their dreams. This session will cover the requirements needed to become a Panther, as well as tools you can use to be successful here at FIU!
  • 2:45 - 3:35 pm (East Ballroom) The Inquisitive Panther: Research as an Undergrad
    Why is research important?  How can you start your own research?  What counts as research?  This panel will focus on the significance of research as well as the opportunities undergraduates have on the FIU campus including but not limited to the UndergradResearch FIU (URFIU) Conference.  Come prepared to ask questions and get started on research relevant to your interests and goals.
  • 3:45 - 4:30 pm (Center Ballroom) Career & Next Steps Resource Fair
    Are you looking for experience in the industry? Visit some of our potential employers and make connections. Interested in Grad programs here at FIU? Speak with one of the graduate program directors and learn about the possibilities. Are you inspired to start on research as an undergrad?  Then definitely make sure to speak with representatives from various FIU Research Labs and see how you can join their team.  Whatever your goals, you'll definitely want to make sure you take advantage of this fantastic networking opportunity.

Special Thanks to Our 2020 Sponsors

STEMCon sponsors: FIU Honors College, Miami-Dade College, FIU Connect4Success, Shop FIU, FIU Chemical Society, COlor Me Mine, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Ulloa & Company P.A. Accounting & Tax Services, Pisco y Nazca Ceviche Gastrobar, Oriental Trading, The Habit Burger Grill, Rapids Water Park