Visit YSU STEM: High School Groups

The YSU College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics encourages you to bring your students to campus to experience a day with STEM! Gather a group of up to 30 high school juniors and/or seniors and we’ll provide the fun and the food! A typical visit runs from about 9-1:30 and includes science demonstrations with our Dean and sessions with two of our academic departments. You’ll enjoy lunch at your choice of Chick-fil-A or the KC Food Court and then tour campus before heading back home.

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Available STEM Visit Days for Fall 2017

Wednesday, September 20th– This is a special visit day in conjunction with the Regional 7 Days of STEM Festival. High School seniors are invited to come to campus, sit in classes, tour labs, and meet with faculty and students in their STEM major of interest. Space is limited and interested students must RSVP by contacting Emilie Eberth at or 330.941.2884

Friday, September 29th– Math/Stats and Engineering Technology Programs

Tuesday, October 17th– Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science and Information Systems

Wednesday, October 25th– Biological Sciences and Electrical and Computer Engineering

Tuesday, November 7th– Physics/Astronomy and Chemical Engineering

Friday, December 1st– Geological and Environmental Studies and Civil/Environmental Engineering

For more information or to schedule your trip, contact Emilie Eberth, Coordinator for STEM Outreach and Scholarships, at or 330.941.2884. We can’t wait to see you here!

Building Bridges Panel Discussion

Recently Sherri Hrusovski, Director for the STEM Professional Services office with the College of STEM at Youngstown State University recently arranged and participated in the “Building Bridges from High School to College to Career through Internship Experiences” panel discussion at the Ohio Cooperative Education Association (OCEA) Conference on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Other panel participants included Student – Rana Abu-Hashim – Chemical Engineering, STEM Co-op of the Year at the YSU College of STEM and Graduate of Chaney High School; John Pierko, Vice President – Technical Services, ms consultants, inc.; Pam Lubich, STEM Coordinator, Chaney High School (Youngstown City Schools); and facilitated by Judith Crocker, Workforce and Talent Development Consultant.

As the lead for the STEM Outreach Initiative grant program, Youngstown State University College of STEM initiated the partnership between local employers and the Chaney High School STEM program. The goal was to create internship opportunities for qualified Chaney High School students with local employers. Students who were interested in the program had to complete an application process (Application, complete a 500 word essay, and obtain parent permission if they were under 17 years of age), attend a 2-day Career Development work-shop, and then interview with the employers. After the student completed the entire process successfully, and then enrolled at Youngstown State University, the grant provided the students with a $1,500.00 scholarship divided into two semesters. Rana Abu-Hashim who participated with the panel was one of these success stories.

The panel concentrated on how high school internships provide students an opportunity to apply curriculum to the workplace. Strong partnerships, with high school and college staff, workforce intermediaries, and willing employers allow students to bridge from school to college to a successful career with a strong resumé, documented work experience related to their degree, and enhanced earning power. In this panel presentation, representatives from the partners will describe their roles and provide examples of how they work together to help high school students successfully obtain internship/co-op positions. These programs benefit the students and the schools by helping students determine their career and academic pathways. These decisions help benefit the schools, the employers, and the regional economy.

SWE Presents: Dinner with Industry

The Society of Women Engineers is hosting its 7th annual Dinner with Industry banquet on March 28th for the STEM College.  This dinner is COMPLETELY FREE to students and is a great networking event for internships or full-time positions!

The dinner will have industry representatives from 8 companies to have dinner for the night with STEM students.  The companies this year include:

Adolph Johnson & Sons
America Makes
MS Consultants
Roth Brothers & Co
Youngstown Business Incubator

After the dinner, there is time afterward for talking with the representatives and small discussions/Q&A’s at each table before the night closes with a keynote speaker.

To register, visit the SWE table in Moser Lobby March 20th-24th to select your company preferences or email us at  You will also need to register with $20, BUT THIS IS REFUNDED WHEN YOU ARRIVE AT THE EVENT.  Lastly, if you email your resume to as a PDF, we will include it on a flash drive that is given to each company at the end of the night.

We hope to see many people take advantage of this wonderful opportunity!

7 Days of STEM

OH WOW! is eager to announce and invite you to participate in the 2nd Youngstown Regional Science & Technology Festival – 7 Days of STEM scheduled for September 17 – 23, 2017 and our 7th Silly Science Sunday on September 17, 2017.
The 7-day community celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics will:
  • Provide a variety of hands-on, interactive learning opportunities rooted in STEM;
  • Showcase STEM events, organizations, institutions, professionals, & businesses in Youngstown and surrounding area; 
  • Energize inquisitiveness and provoke curiosity in the minds of learners of all ages in the greater Mahoning Valley and beyond.

Our planning team is thrilled to hear what STEM events you have planned for this fall, and to see if they fit into the festival’s mission. As a participating organization, your event information will be adequately promoted and be included in all festival materials at no cost to you. OH WOW! is powering the festival with the assistance of the planning team, and looks forward to highlighting all of the STEM educational opportunities happening in our community!

To be considered for the festival schedule, please fill out the request for entry form and submit it as soon as possible to our Festival Coordinator, or fax (330) 259-0258. Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, (330) 744-5914.

For more information and a schedule of events, check out the OH WOW! website. Bring the whole family any day of the week!

Meet the Employers

Meet the Employers Event

Meet the Employers is an event organized by the STEM Leadership Society at Youngstown State University. We ask 4-5 employers to form panels discussing their companies and what they are looking for in an applicant, with questions from the audience following each.

Then we ask around 15-20 company employers or representatives to be available at different tables to have discussions or answer any questions the students may have about the companies. This is a great recruitment tool as well as a good strategy in marketing businesses to STEM students and future graduates.

Currently registered employers include:

IGS Energy
Progressive Insurance
Tech Corps
Pearne & Gordon LLP

There is still room for more employers, and all YSU STEM students are invited to attend. RSVP today to reserve your spot!

SLS logoFor more information or to RSVP, email Montana Gessler at

The event is free and it is a casual event – no need for business attire.

The final set date is November 14, 4:00-5:30 p.m. in the Chestnut Room in Kilcawley Center.

Refreshments will be available after discussions.

Recent Student Events

YSU MathFest

YSU MathFest, the largest annual event hosted by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, took place on Thursday, October 13. Each year, high school juniors and seniors from over 40 different high schools come to YSU to spend the day celebrating and learning topics in mathematics that are not typically seen in standard high school curriculum.

This year, 18 different workshops were offered by YSU faculty and students from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. These workshops included titles such as Are you a Terrorist?, Discovering the STEM Behind Football, and The Mathematics of Brain Activity.

In addition to the workshops, students were given the opportunity to meet YSU students, interact with YSU faculty members, and explore what it’s like to get an undergraduate degree in mathematics or a STEM-related field at YSU.

The day concluded with guest speaker Dr. Chris Swanson from Ashland University giving a large group presentation on Mathemagic!

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Veterinary Science Expo

The first annual Youngstown State University Veterinary Science Expo was held on September 29 in DeBartolo Hall. The YSU Pre-Veterinary Society sponsored this event, which featured three professional veterinarians: Ric Berlinkski, Kelley Kilar, and Tina Costarella. Berlinkski, a vet at the Toledo Zoo, spoke about working with exotic animals, and said zoo medicine is the hardest field in veterinary medicine to get into.

Kilar discussed caring for small, usually domesticated, animals. Costarella, who takes care of large animals, talked about wanting to start a veterinary program with the biology department in which students could have the chance to job shadow her. Colleen Maskarinec, founder of the YSU Pre-Veterinary Society, said she was grateful to have the veterinarians there to interact with and inspire the students.

Most of the attendees were YSU students who are pursuing a degree in veterinarian medicine.

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Nucor Dollars and Tons

Nucor conducted their Third Annual “Nucor Dollars and Tons” event on Saturday, October 8, 2016, from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Dollars and Tons game is designed to simulate how Nucor manages its business and the competitive environment under which all Nucor divisions operate. Dollars and Tons will help the student develop an understanding of critical financial terms, present them with typical business issues, and allow them to make decisions in a fun, fast-paced game environment in which participants make strategic decisions like the management team at a real Nucor division.

Five teams from the following STEM student organizations participated in this year’s event: American Institute of Chemical Engineering: Chem-E-Car Team; American Society of Civil Engineering: Groups I and II; and the STEM Leadership Society. The teams not only competed to have an awesome experience, but they had the opportunity to network with Nucor representatives, to develop innovative methods to start a business and to apply their problem solving skills to deal with real world applications, and to foster their team building skills.

The American Institute of Chemical Engineering: Chem-E-Car Team aka MEATBALL held on for another year and upheld their reputation as being the winners of the Nucor Dollars and Tons event. Bridger Kowalczyk, Brandon Haldiman, Tom Kibler, and Nick Scoumis not only held on to their championship as “top dog” for the event, they also took home $500.00 for their organization and a steel trophy made by Nucor with the organization’s name engraved on it.

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Physics Students Presentations

Physics students presented at the 2016 Fall Meeting of the Ohio Section of American Physical Science (OSAPS) on October 7 and 8 at Bowling Green State University.

  • Brian Schubert presented a paper titled “Examination of Surface Treatments of Implant-Grade Titanium via X-ray Photoemission Spectroscopy”
  • Christopher Watenpool presented Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Research, “Circumventing Non Ergodic Dynamics in Anharmonic Atomic Chains”
  • David Bernard, Martin Strong, and Nicholas McGuigan also attended the conference
  • Dr. Snjezana “Snow” Balaz and Dr. Donald Priour provided faculty support on the projects


Cybersecurity Awareness Day

Since October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, ISEHA (Information Security and Ethical Hacking Association at YSU) and the NEOACM (Northeast Ohio ACM) sponsored a “Cybersecurity Awareness Day” at YSU on Tuesday, October 18 in Meshel Hall. The theme this year was “Personal Cybersecurity,” keeping yourself safe in cyberspace.

Wesley Stanton, President of ISEHA, spoke about “Password Cracking” and how to create a password that is difficult to crack. Jeremy Mio from the Cuyahoga County Department of Information Technology Security and Research Team, spoke about how to stay safe on the internet. He discussed what behavior you should avoid online in order to prevent identity theft and other cyber threats.

We should recognize the importance of being vigilant against any and all cyber threats, while recommitting to ensure that we use new digital tools and resources fearlessly, skillfully, and responsibly. That is why “Cybersecurity Awareness Day” is important and supported by ISEHA and NEOACM.

security demonstration



The STEM Internship and Co-op Expo has been transformed into the better-than-ever STEM Expo. Current students and alumni alike can come meet the employers who are now looking to fill full-time positions as well as internships and co-ops. YSU STEM welcomed more than 60 employers on October 6 for this first ever STEM Expo.

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Summer Programs at YSU for Local Students

Local middle schools and high schools may have let out for the summer, but the students can still come to YSU to learn in our STEM College. The Techie Camps, the Summer Bridge Program, and the Summer Honors Institute offer students a chance to learn outside of the typical classroom and to explore future areas of study and future careers.

techie camp

TECH CORPS Techie Camps
Techie Camp is a full-day, week-long summer experience designed specifically for elementary and middle school students. The goal of Techie Camp is to engage students in activities that can stimulate a deeper interest in technology as well as provide opportunities for them to express their imaginations. Students can take a “deep dive” into Programming, Robotics, App Development or Web Development.

Summer Bridge ProgramAlgebra II/Pre-Calculus to Calculus Math Bridge Program
The Math Bridge Program, sponsored by the Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program at YSU, is a four-week program designed to reinforce basic math concepts and give high school students interested in STEM majors extra preparation for entering pre-calculus and calculus, or for taking standardized tests and college placement exams. Through practice and problem-based learning, the ultimate goal of the bridge is to help participants increase their mathematics knowledge and enter college ready to take calculus.

Additive Manufacturing Lab

Summer Honors Institute

Students from the Summer Honors Institute visited our Center for Innovation in Additive Manufacturing on Tuesday to learn more about this revolutionary technology.

Youngstown State University’s Summer Honors Institute offers gifted and talented students the opportunity to explore and discover new information in a wide range of disciplines. Courses have been developed by outstanding university faculty with the dual purpose of introducing students to a specific discipline that is not available to them in a high school setting and providing activities designed for more in-depth study. Courses are also designed to provide a high degree of student interaction using a variety of “hands-on” activities. Appropriate alternative learning experiences are also utilized.

Developing Strong Regional Partnerships

Sherri Hrusovski, Coordinator for the STEM Professional Services office with the College of STEM at Youngstown State University recently presented along with Vicki Thompson, Director of Adult Education Programs at Trumbull Career & Technical Center (TCTC) and Kelly Darney, Director of Adult Education at Columbiana County Career and Technical Center (CCCTC) at the Ohio Cooperative Education Association (OCEA) Conference on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. The three colleagues presented on Developing Strong Regional Partnerships.

As the lead for the Oh-Penn Internship Clearing House grant and the PICAM2 (aka Ohio Means Internships and Co-ops2), Youngstown State University College of STEM initiated the partnership with the educational institutions from Ohio and Pennsylvania during the OH-Penn grant and then became a part of the OMIC2 grant proposal which only involved the State of Ohio institutions. The goal was to create a network of educational institutions and employers to support internships and co-ops.

Partners in this initiative include:

Eastern Gateway Community College
Choffin Career & Technical Center
Columbiana Co. Career & Tech Center
Mahoning Co. Career & Tech Center
Trumbull Career & Tech Center
Kent State University – Trumbull

Butler Co. Community College
Penn State University – Shenango
Slippery Rock University
Theil College

The presentation was geared towards discussing the collaboration between the entities, the struggles, the benefits, and how to be a success while building strong partnerships. This presentation has also been accepted for the Ohio Department of Higher Education’s Second Annual Ohio Means Internships and Co-ops (OMIC2) Grantee Meeting on Friday, June 17, 2016 at the Columbus State Delaware Campus. Presenting it will be Terry Hutson, Assistant Director, Columbiana County Career & Technical Center (CCCTC); and Christina Costello, Assistant Coordinator from YSU Williamson College of Business Administration.

Making a Difference: Eighth Annual STEM Awards Dinner

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The eighth annual YSU STEM College Awards Dinner took place on Wednesday, February 17th, 2016. In attendance were students, faculty, alumni, and community partners to celebrate past and future achievements in STEM.

YSU is proud to have honored the following:

Outstanding Young Alumnus: Bijan Hosseininejad, B&W Engineering, Research and Operation Team Leader
Outstanding Young Alumnus: Jared Bilas, Product Design Engineer, MAC Trailer & Assistant Professor, Mount Union
Outstanding Alumnus: John Hamley, Director of NASA Space Flight Systems
Outstanding Community Partner: Drew Hirt, President and Senior Scientist, Materials Research Laboratory
Outstanding Educational Partner: OH WOW! The Roger and Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science and Technology
Intern of the Year: Kyle Spickler, Senior Electrical Engineering Major
Co-op Student of the Year: Hailey Sullivan, Junior Chemical Engineering Major


Read the full bios of the honorees here.

Lubrizol Partners with YSU Chemistry Department on Health and Safety Program

Submitted by Chris Ciolli

The Lubrizol Corporation partnered with Youngstown State University College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics to assist the YSU Chemistry Department in improving the overall health and safety program and to provide an inspection model used in general industry and in private research and development organizations.

This partnership with Lubrizol involved the Safety, Health and Environmental department from their Wickliffe, Ohio, corporate headquarters. Gabe Leigh, safety engineer, and Jim Ruttinger, safety and health manager, performed an initial inspection of the YSU Chemistry Department in July 2013. The Lubrizol inspectors spent a full day walking through the Chemistry Department identifying hazards visually and through conversations with staff and students.

The intent was not to act as a regulatory body identifying hazards, but rather as an advisory approach toward creating a safety, health, and environmental conscious culture comparative to that of general industry and R&D.

During this inspection, the Lubrizol employees identified a number of items that were recommended for improvement. The biggest concerns were chemical storage, hazardous waste labeling and storage, and general housekeeping.

These concerns were communicated to the Chemistry Department in a report following similar format to a typical inspection at the Lubrizol Corporation facility in Wickliffe, Ohio, including a list of the findings and observations.

Some of the findings and observations were general in nature, indicating that the observation was not specific to one area or location within the department. Specific findings and observations were identified by the room number and a description of the concern.

In April of this year, Gabe Leigh returned to YSU to follow-up on the changes made from the initial inspection in the Chemistry Department. Gabe was hosted by Dan Sahli, director of environmental and occupational health and safety, and Tim Styranec, environmental health and safety specialist. During the most recent inspection, Gabe also had the opportunity to inspect additional departments throughout the YSU STEM College such as the Engineering and Biology Departments.

Gabe was pleased to report in this follow-up inspection that significant improvements in the Chemistry Department have been made in each of the areas of concern. The corrective actions taken as a result of these inspections provided a safer, healthier, and environmental friendlier approach for the faculty, staff, and especially to the students of YSU. The students will also benefit by being provided a better understanding of what to expect when they enter the workforce related to safety, health, and environmental performance expectations.

Martin Abraham, Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs at YSU, expressed sincere gratitude for Lubrizol’s efforts.

“Through our partnership with Lubrizol, we were able to improve our overall lab safety. The opportunity to get an industrial perspective on lab safety issues has provided a tremendous opportunity to look critically at issues that are ongoing in our labs, allowing us to update and modernize our facilities to the advantage of all,” Abraham said. “Thanks to all of your work on this, we are making YSU better for our faculty, staff, and students. We very much appreciate the support of the Lubrizol staff and leadership for allowing this important interaction to continue.”

YSU students tour Lubrizol

Thirteen Youngstown State University STEM students toured Lubrizol on Oct. 20. Students from YSU’s chapter of American Institute of Chemical Engineers were able to tour the plant, as well as take part in other tours, such as a mechanical testing tour.

Students were welcomed with a Chemical Engineer and Co-Op Overview given by Brittany Folino, manager of university relations and campus recruiting, and Jonathan Gordon, process development engineer and Lubrizol additives chemical engineering co-op program manager. During the plant tour, students met Bethany McCain, platform optimization engineer and YSU STEM chemical engineering alumna.

Lubrizol is a STEM community partner located in Wickliffe and is a global supplier of chemical additive technologies. The company’s technologies include driveline products, engine oil products, viscosity modifiers, fuel products, and industrial products.