About STEM House

STEM House (in Tingelstad Hall)
Savannah (First-Year Student, Resident of STEM House [in Tingelstad], Participant in Fall 2019 Linked FYEP Writing 101 Course) “I love living in STEM House because I’m surrounded by people who are driven and have similar goals and ambitions as I do. I also have access to resources related to STEM and intelligent environment, it’s where I’ve found my community at PLU!”

A Community for the Scientifically Minded.

The STEM House 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 Students 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, students 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

Linked Residence Hall(s)

Tingelstad Hall  (4 wings)

Linked Course(s)

YES (for new First-Year Students)

First-year students will be enrolled in a linked First Year Experience Program (FYEP) course on the topic of sciences.

  • Title To Be Announced | Franklin Graham | FYEP 101 Section 01
  • Neanderthals | Bradford Andrews | FYEP 101 Section 19

First-year STEM House students will also co-enroll in an introductory course to one of the science disciplines (e.g., BIOL 225, CHEM 115, etc.).

Example Programs

Below are examples of programs and initiatives planned for the STEM House: If you have an idea for a program you would like to see, contact your Resident Assistant or Community Advocate about planning it!

  • Field trips with faculty to explore career opportunities like:
    • Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle
    • Microsoft
  • Field trips with faculty to explore local STEM-related experiences like:
    • A tour of the PLU Observatory
    • Trips to the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
  • On-campus social programs:
    • Bridge & tower building competitions
    • Rubix Cube tournaments
    • Build-your-own mini golf course
    • Egg Drop competitions
    • Movie viewing & discussions (Hidden Figures, The Imitation Game, etc.)
  • Academic support programs:
    • Peer tutoring sessions held in the STEM House
    • Access to resources like Periodic Tables, skeleton sets, and whiteboards
    • Access to faculty office hours held in the STEM House
    • Peer mentoring relationships between first years and returning students

Contact

For more information about this Learning Community option contact:

Zac Rakke, Community Director for Tingelstad Hall | zachary.rakke@plu.edu

Matt J. Smith, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology | smithmf@plu.edu