About STEM House

Student pouring substances into beakers with text nearby reading, "STEM House."
Savannah (Senior Student, Former Resident of Tingelstad - STEM House) “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


For more information about this Learning Community option contact:

  • Marie Tucker, Community Director for Tingelstad Hall | marie.tucker@plu.edu
  • Matt J. Smith, Ph.D., STEM House Faculty Liaison & Associate Professor of Biology | smithmf@plu.edu

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Community Information

Linked Residence Hall:
Tingelstad Hall

Faculty Liaison
Matt J. Smith, Associate Professor of Biology

Community Director

CD Email:

Things Students in STEM House Love:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Technology
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Engineering
  • Ecology
  • Nursing
  • Geology
  • Astronomy
  • Software Development
  • Coding

Past Programs

STEM House brought students together to competitively play ping pong with one another. The tournament took place throughout the entire building so that students could visit all floors!

Casino Night was one of STEM’s Fall Events held to bring students together to create relationships and connections. Students played a variety of casino games including black jack and poker (note: no gambling was involved)