Harry Potter Weekend 2017

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Do you love all things Harry Potter? The Ward Beecher Planetarium and the Room of Requirement will be hosting a Harry Potter Weekend on September 29 at 8:00pm and September 30 at 2:00pm and 8:00pm. Each session will be held at the planetarium. Doors will be open to attendees 30 minute before each show time. Please make sure to allow yourself enough time to get to each show time early because seats are first to come, first seated.

Everyone who attends is encouraged to wear their wizard best! The planetarium show will start with an Astronomy class fit for Hogwarts. Afterward, there will be a challenge that will allow guests to test their knowledge of the stars for a chance to win house points toward the house cup!

The Room of Requirement will also be hosting several Harry Potter themed activities for all ages.

For more information about the event, contact Tiffany Stone Wolbrecht at trstonewolbrecht@ysu.edu or the Room of Requirement President, Krista Clay at kmclay@student.ysu.edu.

STEM Professional Services Student Resource Events

Looking for a way to get your feet wet in a STEM career field? The College of STEM has you covered! There have been several events created for STEM students to meet employers, learn how to be successful while searching for jobs, and learn the specifics for various companies who hire a tremendous amount of YSU students. Every event is open to students who are interested in internship/co-op or full-time job opportunities. There is no registration to participate.

 

How to Be Successful at an Expo

  • There will be multiple information sessions that will provide you with the knowledge you will need to know about being successful at an expo. Below are the dates, locations, and times of each session:
Dates Time Presenter Company Location
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 1:00pm-2:00pm Kevin Hawkins Progressive Moser Hall, Room 2400
Monday, September 25. 2017 1:00pm-2:00pm Lisa Wise Eaton Corporation Moser Hall, Room 2400
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 2:30pm-3:30pm Chris Allen Vallourec USA Corp. Lincoln Building, Cafaro Suite, Room 510
Thursday, September 28, 2017 4:00pm-5:00pm Chris Allen Vallourec USA Corp. Moser Hall, Room 2400
Monday, October 2, 2017 1:00pm-2:00pm Chris Allen Vallourec USA Corp. Moser Hall, Room 2400

 

Fall 2017 Employer Information Sessions

  • There will be various companies from the area that will be discussing their companies (what they do) and what they look for in potential employees.
    • All Employers seeking to fill Internship/Co-op and full-time positions:

 

Date Time Company Information Session Location
Monday, October 2, 2017 6:00pm-7:00pm RoviSys Information Session Moser Hall, Room 2400
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 3:30pm-4:30pm Vallourec Information Session Moser Hall, Room 2400
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 12:45pm-2:15pm Nucor Information Session Moser Hall, Room 2400
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 2:15pm-3:15pm Nucor Interview Workshop Moser Hall, Room 2400
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 4:00pm-5:00pm Vallourec Information Session Moser Hall, Room 2400
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 6:00pm-7:00pm Honda Information Session Moser Hall, Room 2400

 

College of STEM Fall Expo 2017

  • Thursday, October 5, 2017 from 12pm-4pm at Stambaugh Stadium
    • Companies Seeking Science Majors for Internship/Co-ops and Full-time Opportunities:
      • Component Repair Technologies Dominion Energy · Johnson Matthey · Mercy Health · Naval Nuclear Laboratory · Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District · Ohio Army National Guard · Ohio Environmental Protection Agency · The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company · TIMET · U.S. Air Force Reserve · USMC Officer Selection Office

For more information on any of these events, contact STEM Professional Services at stem.jobs@ysu.edu.

 

Ward Beecher Planetarium Opening Weekend 2017

Have you ever been to the Ward Beecher Planetarium? This year our planetarium is celebrating its 50-year anniversary! It’s even more exciting that over the summer the planetarium staff have been working hard to bring some exciting changes for the public.

The planetarium has recently purchased a new video projection system with assistance of a generous donation from the Beecher Foundation.

“We have a brand new SkySkan Definiti video system – we will put it through its paces and show you what you can expect for years to come,” said planetarium lecturer Tiffany Wolbrecht.

Planetarium Opening Weekend

The new addition will allow the planetarium to revolutionize their shows. It provides viewers with a brighter and higher resolution as well as a higher contrast. If that doesn’t already sound great, the system also renders 3D models in real time.

“This means that the planetarium can use its dome to travel anywhere in the universe in a matter of seconds,” said Wolbrecht. “The new system will provide variety to our live programming, but we will have new pre-recorded shows to share too.”

There will be multiple new additions to the planetarium’s season. This year’s new show it titled “Moons: Worlds of Mystery.” The show will premiere in February and is one of seven brand new shows the planetarium will be offering to the public.

The planetarium will also be bringing back their guest lecture series with two new lectures. The first, on November 3, 2017, is entitled “Galileo, Shakespeare, Van Gogh: Creative Reactions to the End of the World.” The second, on March 23, 2018, is entitled “A Quark’s Life.”

This year the planetarium will be holding their Opening Weekend lectures on Friday, September 22, 2017 at 8:00PM and Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 2:00PM and again at 8:00PM. The Opening Weekend is the kick off to their exciting new season and also where the new Sky-Skan Definiti Theater system will be premiered. If you plan to go, the doors do not open until 30 minutes prior to each showing. Seating is first come, first seated.

For more general information about the planetarium, you can peruse their website here. You can also keep up to date with the Ward Beecher Planetarium by following them on Facebook.

Be a STEM Student for a Day & High School STEM Visits

Come Be a STEM Student for a Day!

High School Juniors and Seniors interested in science, computers, engineering, and math are invited to spend a day with STEM at YSU! On Wednesday, September 20th, students will have the opportunity to sit in real STEM classes, visit our labs, have lunch with YSU students, and tour our campus and residence halls! See what it is like to be a YSU student! Check-in will begin at 8:30am and we’ll wrap up around 2:00pm.

Space is limited so registration is required by CLICKING HERE!

STEM student for a day

 

High School Visits to STEM

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.

Available STEM Visit Days for Fall 2017

  • 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 egeberth@ysu.edu or 330.941.2884. We can’t wait to see you here!

YSU CSIS Runs Jackson-Milton Coding Camp

From July 31 to August 4, 2017, the Computer Science and Information Systems Department at YSU conducted a week-long coding camp at Jackson-Milton High School. The camp was created to introduce Jackson-Milton high school and middle school students to various aspects of the computer science field.

With the help of Dr. Bonita Sharif, recent Computer Science and Mathematics graduate Benjamin Clark coordinated several activities that allowed students to experiment with coding and programming. Together, Sharif and Clark created activities that taught the students about computer science topics like binary numbers, error checking, graph coloring, and learning how to give computers commands.

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Throughout the entire camp, students could work individually while focusing their efforts toward a similar goal. Almost every student walked into the camp without any knowledge about coding or programming.

To start off the first part of the camp, each student was introduced to the Raspberry Pi. Through this system, they all learned about programming, basic circuitry, and interacting with their prototype circuits using C++. Shortly after learning these skills, they were then able to use the Raspberry Pi to control the motors on their robots. On their last day, they were introduced to a programmed eye tracker system that allowed the students to play a video game with only their tracked eye movements, nothing else.

All equipment provided in the camp came specifically from the NSF outreach funds presented to Dr. Sharif. The NSF grant was awarded to Dr. Sharif in 2016. To read more about the grant click here.

When speaking to each of the students, it was obvious that they truly loved the aspects of the camp. A high school student, Mackenzie Martin (junior), entirely enjoyed her time in the camp.

“I really loved how easily everyone was able to catch me up with missing the first few days of the camp,” said Martin. “They broke everything down really well even though I was behind everyone else.”

Another high school student, Garrik Cataina (freshman), commented that “the entire camp was so well rounded. I enjoyed all of it: the socializing at lunch time, talking with the volunteers, and learning how to code.”

Dr. Sharif also spoke very highly of her experience at Jackson-Milton, saying “we are very thankful to Mr. Vega, Jackson Milton High School’s principal, for the venue to conduct the camp.”

She would also like to give credit to the YSU SERESL volunteers that assisted with the program throughout the week: Alex Bonnette, Alexandra Fountaine, Devin Patrick, Christopher Hardaway, Mark DeGenova, Bob Collins, Natalie Halavick, and Nick Iovino.

“My favorite part about the camp was getting the students to understand what computer science is about,” said Dr. Sharif. “I enjoyed being able to provide them with hands-on experiences where they could troubleshoot and debug issues what popped up.”

This was the first coding camp YSU has done at Jackson-Milton, but they intend to continue doing them annually. For more information about the camp, or future computer-related camps, contact Dr. Sharif at bsharif@ysu.edu.

To keep up to date with the YSU’s CSIS Department, make sure to follow them on Facebook!

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 egeberth@ysu.edu 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 egeberth@ysu.edu or 330.941.2884. We can’t wait to see you here!

Third Annual STEM Honors Convocation

On Monday, April 24, undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in STEM programs were recognized for their hard work in the classroom as well as in the community. Congratulations to all students who were honored with scholarships, memberships, and other awards to celebrate their success!

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University Awards

Clarence P. Gould Honor Society

Membership awarded to students on the basis of academic achievement and breadth of academic courses

Leah Bayer
Jonathon Burns
Andrew Morgan
Tyler Pabst
Dusti Pilkington
Elizabeth Rogenski
Amanda Seidler
Cassandra Shaffer
Andrew Whipkey

Theodore P. and Evelyn H. Chengelis Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to an outstanding undergraduate student of Hellenic heritage who will matriculate to medical school

Ellianna Hoff

O’Horo Family Scholarship in Engineering

To an upper-division student enrolled in the engineering program and a resident of Mahoning, Trumbull, or Columbiana County

Joshua Robinson

Woodrow Wilson Legacy Scholarship

Awarded to Woodrow Wilson High School graduates or descendants pursuing an undergraduate degree

Zachary Jacobson

Shorty and Elba Navarro Scholarship

Awarded to a student of Hispanic descent, with a minimum 2.5 GPA, who is a resident of Columbiana, Lawrence, Mahoning, Mercer, and Trumbull counties

Adam DeMarco
Diego Antonio Mendel

Dr. Earnest and Doris Perry Diversity Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to an African-American student with a minimum 2.4 GPA who has graduated from a high school in the Mahoning Valley

Janessa Rich

William H. Farnell Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a worthy and financially needed student who is a graduate of Poland Seminary High School, Struthers High School or any high school from the Mahoning Valley

Montana Gessler

Shorty and Elba Navarro Scholarship for Students in Education, Nursing, Science, Technology, or Mathematics

This scholarship is awarded to a student of sophomore ranking or higher, who is majoring in Education, Nursing, Science, Technology or Mathematics, who has a minimum 2.5 GPA that is a resident of Columbiana, Mahoning, or Trumbull county.

Bruno Serrano

Undergraduate Awards

Douglas Faires Outstanding Student in Mathematics and Statistics Award

Awarded for outstanding academic achievement in the study of Mathematics and Statistics

Monica Busser
Kyle Gumble
Gabrielle Van Scoy

B.J. Yozwiak Mathematics Award

Awarded to a senior majoring in Mathematics who has demonstrated outstanding academic performance

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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
Delphi
MS Consultants
Roth Brothers & Co
Rovysis
Vallourec
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 ysuswe@gmail.com.  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 ysuswe@gmail.com 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!

Recent STEM Events

Physics Olympics

YSU’s annual Physics Olympics took place on February 25, 2017 in Stambaugh Stadium. Students from dozens of schools in nearby counties gathered to compete in a series of twelve events that demand collaboration, applied physics, and all-around fun.

Some events included were the egg drop, bridge building, house of cards, and ping-pong ball launch competitions.

Women in STEM Career Workshop

The 20th Annual Edward W. Powers Women in STEM Career Workshop was held on Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Youngstown State University.

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The workshop was designed for middle school and high school girls to come and meet with female STEM professionals, including scientists and YSU faculty, staff, and students. Panel discussions were held to answer any questions about working in STEM fields, and participants were given the opportunity to observe and participate in real science work.

Miniature Bridge Building Competition

Youngstown State University hosted the 10th Annual Mahoning Valley Miniature Bridge Building Competition on February 24, 2017. Local businesses have sponsored the competition each year in conjunction with the Mahoning and Trumbull County Engineers.

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This is a great learning experience for students because they can see for themselves what real engineers have to do: design and maintain bridge structures.

This year’s winner was Brookfield High School. Their bridge held 130 lbs and set a new record for the weight of the bridge to weight held ratio.

Crystal Growing Competition

On March 8, 2017, students from local area high schools gathered at Youngstown State University for a crystal growing competition. A winner was selected from each of the following categories: most perfect single crystal, biggest single crystal, best crystal cluster, artistic expression, and wildcard.

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While on campus, the students toured the Clarence R. Smith Mineral Museum in Moser Hall and visited the Ward Beecher Planetarium for a show.

Ohio Celebration of Women in Computing

Women and men from 40 colleges and universities and 23 Ohio-based companies met at the Sawmill Creek Resort in Huron, Ohio on February 24-25, 2017. This was for the Ohio Celebration of Women in Computing Conference 2017.

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The conference is held every two years and it focuses on career advice for young women in IT, student research poster sessions, and professional networking.

Jenna Wise, a double major in Computer Science and Mathematics at YSU, presented her poster submission “Predicting Developer Expertise From Eye Gazes on Source Code.”

Alyssa Pawluk, a computer science major at YSU, presented her poster “Improving Stack Overflow Tag Prediction Using Eye Tracking.”

The keynote speaker this year was Margaret Burnett, a distinguished professor from Oregon State University. She gave a speech on Gender Inclusiveness in Software Companies, namely a method called GenderMag.

Spring 2017 STEM Expo

The STEM Professional Services office in the College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics hosts the semi-annual STEM Expo on Thursday, February 23, 2017, from 12 to 4 p.m. in the Chestnut Room of Kilcawley Center at Youngstown State University.

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The Expo is open to all current STEM students and STEM Alumni who are either seeking an internship/co-op for the upcoming year or a full-time/entry level position.

Formal attire is required, and students are advised to bring several copies of their resumes. Registration is not required.

For more information, call the STEM Professional Services office at 330-941-2151.

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, events@ohwowkids.org 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!

Local Hack Day

Following a lot of interest in HackYSU from incoming freshmen at STEM IGNITE and the STEM Student Organizations Fair at the beginning of the semester, a 12-hour Local Hack Day was held on December 3. It was a great opportunity for students to experience the environment of hackathons without committing to a 36-hour event like HackYSU for the first time.

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13 speakers hosted 16 talks on topics including game development, functional programming, generating music, and how to land an internship. Mark Tareshawty, an engineer from GitHub, also spoke at the event about how Git enables software engineers to collaboratively write code, highlighting its importance in the industry.

Almost every participant said that they learned something new at Local Hack Day, and more than half said they researched a topic further after the event.

Those who attended and enjoyed the Local Hack Day are encouraged to register for HackYSU, which will take place February 17-19 at the DeBartolo Stadium Club. This will be a full 36-hour hackathon where participants form teams of up to four people to create, well, anything.

HackYSU participants are always fed, there will be prizes, and guest mentors will be giving talks and hosting workshops. Registration is open at HackYSU.com.

Coming Soon to the Planetarium!

Laser Shows

Laser Weekend is back! Don’t miss this fun and entertaining weekend filled with great music and colorful displays on January 20 and 21. The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and more will each have their own time slots that you can attend. Check out the planetarium program calendar for a full listing of shows.

This is only for one weekend a year! Do not miss your chance to see these crowd favorites. Shows run Friday evening and all day Saturday in place of the normally scheduled public programs. This event has come to be very popular, and again it is only once a year, so don’t miss out!

While the Ward Beecher Planetarium has always been and always will be free and open to the public, a suggested donation of $2.00 per person for this special event will allow us to continue to bring programs like this to the Mahoning Valley.

Lecture Series

The Ward Beecher Planetarium is proud to introduce our new lecture series: Astronomers will visit for LIVE presentations on the latest fascinating findings on a wide variety of topics!

Lectures include talks about exoplanets and extraterrestrial life, supermassive black holes, and dark matter. The speakers are all guests to the Ward Beecher Planetarium, so each will only be presenting once.

This lecture series begins February 17 with Penn State Behrend Physics & Astronomy professor Dr. Darren Williams presenting “Hello! Is Anyone Out There? Some Thoughts on Exoplanets and Life.”

Check out the planetarium calendar for details and more events.

Follow the Ward Beecher Planetarium on Facebook and Twitter, and visit their website to stay up-to-date on all public events.50th anniversary logo

Bird Day 2016

Bird Day was a fund raising event that the YSU Biology Club held for the local bird sanctuary, Birds in Flight, located in the Warren/Niles area. Birds in Flight rescues, rehabilitates, and releases over 1000 birds per year without any government assistance.

Bird Day was held to raise money and awareness for this organization; informational posters were made by undergraduates Cartier Howlett and Leah Bayer along with graduate student Kyle Spainhower, guided bird walks were led by undergraduate student Daniel Bancroft, and there was a “guess how many feathers are in the jar” competition.

The main attractions for the event were the birds. Birds in Flight Sanctuary brought a Barred Owl, Red-tailed Hawk, and a Harris Hawk.

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Despite unfavorable weather for the day, more than $400 was raised by approximately 70 guests within four hours. 16 Biology Club members worked hard to make the day a success.

Since the Bird Day was such a great success, it is likely that this could become a yearly fundraising event hosted by the YSU Biology club. Keep an eye out for future Bird Days.