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About The STEM House

A Community for the Scientifically Minded.

The STEM House (in Tingelstad) is a community of students who are interested in engaging in conversations and activities about Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Mathematics. This includes both those who intend to or are majoring in a STEM-related field as well as those who just love the sciences and want to remain immersed in a culture of like-interested students. The STEM House fosters an environment of curiosity and innovation.

Great For Residents Who ...

  • enjoy studying and/or talking about Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Mathematics
  • are considering a majoring and/or a career in STEM-related fields
  • are willing to commit time to participating in community STEM-related activities

Program + Learning Outcomes

By participating in The STEM House, residents will:

  • engage in out-of-the-classroom STEM-related activities that support their own curiosity and learning
  • be able to identify career opportunities in STEM-related fields and industries
  • form relationships with peers and faculty that support their learning and curiosity in STEM-related classes through increased access out of the classroom
  • be able to describe relationships between scientific inquiry and care for ourselves, our communities, and our world


Tingelstad Hall (one house, 4 wings)

RLC Supplemental Application Required?

Upcoming Tingelstad Events

Click below to see upcoming Tingelstad Events


Linked Course(s)


First-year residents will be enrolled in a linked First Year Experience Program (FYEP) course on the topic of sciences. A certain number of class seats will be saved for commuter students to opt into the linked FYEP 101 sections listed below. Fall 2017 FYEP 101 linked course options include:

  • Inequality, Stress, and Health | Jennifer Spence, Anthropology | FYEP 101 Section 31 | MWF 9:15-10:20
  • Inequality, Stress, and Health | Jennifer Spence, Anthropology | FYEP 101 Section 32 | MWF 8:00-9:05
  • Writing and Scientific Method | Andrea Munro, Chemistry | FYEP 101 Section 33 | MWF 11:15-12:20

Download the Fall 2017 Residential Learning Community (RLC) Linked FYEP 101 Courses document to read these course descriptions and learn more about RLC linked courses.

STEM House residents will also co-enroll in an introductory course to one of the science disciplines (e.g., BIOL 225, and CHEM 115). Co-enrollment in an introductory course to one of the science disciplines will be optional for commuters who opt into the FYEP 101 linked courses.

Example Programs

Below are a few examples of programs that are being brainstormed for STEM House next year. If you have an idea for a wing or hall program, contact your Resident Assistant to see about planning it!

  • Chemistry of Food Presentations
  • Science Movie (e.g. The Imitation Game, A Beautiful Mind) Nights
  • Service Projects
  • Off-campus excursions


For more information about this Residential Learning Community option contact:
Maggie Hendrickson, Resident Director for Tingelstad Hall | hendrime@plu.edu
Matt J. Smith, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology | smithmf@plu.edu