Rieke Weekie - November 13th - 17th

It’s time for the fifth annual Rieke Weekie! Join us November 13-17th, as the College of Natural Sciences hosts special events in celebration of the disciplines represented in the Rieke Science Center (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Studies, and Physics).

Schedule of Events


Monday, November 13th
10:30-11am, Rieke Lobby

  • Get a sneak peek of the newly remodeled Rieke 103 rooms and play a trivia game about the subject of our spring Rachel Carson Lecture. There will be prizes on theme! (Trivia starts at 10:40am in the biggest 103 room.)
  • Participate in a Find Enrieké scavenger hunt.
  • Turn in your coloring sheet to Rieke 158 by 5pm to participate in the Rieke coloring contest. Voting starts on Tuesday.

10:30-11am, Morken 233
Stop by the Math Meet-Up in the Espace Rachid Benkhalti (Morken 233). Join math majors and faculty for doughnuts, fruit, and coffee, as well as games, puzzles, math jokes, and general relaxation. You can also get details on the 2024 Mathematical Contest in Modeling.

5:15-6:15pm, Xavier 150
Psychology Grad School Information Night Are you starting to think about your next step after PLU? Alumna Clara O’Brien ’15 will discuss her transition from PLU to Ph.D. in clinical psych, and we’ll answer questions about how to apply, preparing to apply, and what to expect with different types of graduate school programs.

Tuesday, November 14th
Voting for the Rieke microbe coloring contest begins. Check out the entries in the main Rieke hallway and vote on your favorite between Tuesday and Thursday. The winners will be revealed on the last day of Rieke Weekie.

1:45-2:45pm, Morken 203
Computer Science Tech Talk – “Best Practices in Software Development” with Andrew Grimberg, PLU ’98, Manager, Release Engineering at the Linux Foundation

Wednesday, November 15th
10:30-11am, Rieke Lobby

  • Natural Sciences opportunity event
    • Visit with the Alumni & Student Connections staff to learn about finding internships, research opportunities, and the other resources their office provides.
    • Meet with the Associate Director of and current students in the University of Oregon Graduate Internship Program and learn how to get a Master’s Degree and a job.
    • Cope Scholars
    • Chat with members of student science clubs about getting involved.
    • Learn what it takes to become a NatSci Fellow.
    • Find out about paid and volunteer opportunities working with K-12 students in the MESA program.
  • Participate in a Find Enrieké scavenger hunt.

3:40-4:45pm, Morken 216
Meet with team members from Alumni & Student Connections and learn about all the assistance they can provide, including: finding internships, writing resumes, and applying for jobs.

Thursday, November 16th
12:00-1:00pm, Morken 103
Devon Carver is the Design Director at ArenaNet – the makers of Guild Wars 2. He’ll speak with us about how he got started in the games industry, the path that brought him to his current position, and what a day in his job looks like.

7:30-8:30pm, Morken 132
PLU Steminist Club invites you to “Navigating STEM Fields as an LGBTQIA+ Person” – an evening with chemistry professor Neal Yakelis. This is an opportunity for students to listen to the experiences of beloved Professor Yakelis as he discusses how he embraced his identity as a queer person in STEM. Students are welcome to ask questions, and there’ll be cookies, chips, and other snacks available!

Friday, November 17th
10:30-11am, Rieke 220 & Rieke Lobby

  • Attend Professor Justin Lytle’s presentation on finding and applying for summer internships and research opportunities. (Rieke 220)
  • Participate in the last day of the Find Enrieké scavenger hunt.
  • Stop by the museum table in the Rieke Lobby to check out selected specimens, or visit the Museum Open House in Rieke 123 to peruse the collections and chat with Dr. Jacob Egge.

2-3pm, Morken 103
Biology seminar – “Building an Embryo: How Cell Shape and Adhesion Pattern Tissue Architecture” – with Professor Lathiena Nervo.

We look forward to celebrating with you! If you have any questions, please contact Christine Nicolai, NatSci Admin Asst. at nicolacs@plu.edu