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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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.

HackYSU 2017

Youngstown State University’s annual hackathon, HackYSU, took place February 17-19, 2017. This event, hosted by the Penguin Hackers student organization, allows students to “hack” for 36 hours straight. Projects include apps, websites, games, robots, and everything in between.

Students came from colleges and universities from all over Ohio and even beyond to participate in HackYSU this year in the DeBartolo Stadium Club Room. The attendance this year was incredible, with more than 140 participants, 23 mentors, and 26 total projects submitted for judging.

Judging was based on originality, creativity, technical difficulty, and execution, among other things.

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The group that received first place created an app that allows users to turn a smart phone into a computer mouse. One of the students from the University of Akron came up with the idea when he realized he’d forgotten his mouse at home. Rather than go without a mouse, he and his group created one.

Many groups utilized the several 3D printers that were available for the weekend, even with no previous experience in additive manufacturing.

All of the sponsors were critical in the success of the event, especially Major League Hacking, who provided the winners’ prizes, some really cool equipment, and some great advice on projects.

The projects were judged by a diverse group of judges from different businesses and backgrounds, including Dr. Kriss Schueller of YSU’s Department of Computer Science and Information Systems.

To learn more about HackYSU, visit hackysu.com. For more information and events from the Penguin Hackers group, visit penguinhackers.io.

Physics and Chemistry Professional Days

Physics Professional Day

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Local area teachers attended the first Physics Professional Day sponsored by the Department of Physics and Astronomy and Y.A.P.A. (Youngstown Area Physics Alliance) on Tuesday, December 20, 2016. At this first all-day meeting, the faculty from the Physics Department presented demonstrations covering varying topics such as resonance, energy, sound and an explanation of the upcoming Physics Olympics competition.

The teachers watched a presentation in the Planetarium and learned about the many resources available to them, including travel expenses to bring their students to YSU’s campus. Each teacher received hands-on laboratory ideas and supplies to use in his or her own classroom to create items used to initiate infrasonic sound waves and information about the ease of applying for STEM scholarships. Y.A.P.A. coordinator, Mary Janek, was very pleased with the success of the inaugural meeting and hopes to continue the practice in conjunction with the YSU Physics & Astronomy Department.

Written by Aislinn Janek

Chemistry Professional Day

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The Department of Chemistry hosted its annual Professional Day January 6th. Professional Day is a one-day workshop for local teachers touching on topics of chemical and/or educational interest.

This year the theme for Professional Day was “Forensic Science: How Chemistry is Used to Help Us Solve Mysteries, Murder and Mayhem!” Participants were welcomed by Dr. Tim Wagner, the chair of the department. Teachers then heard presentations from two people with experience in forensic analysis. Andrew Hirt, President and Senior Scientist of Materials Research Laboratories, Inc. (MRL), in Struthers, Ohio has worked with law enforcement at the local, state, and national level. He spoke on using the right instrumental tools to prove or refute the evidence. Andrew was followed by one of YSU’s own, Shaena Taylor (BSAS in Forensic Science, 2008). Shaena is currently a Forensic Scientist 3 specializing in drug chemistry at Cuyahoga County Regional Forensic Science Laboratory located within the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office in Cleveland, Ohio. She discussed the drug trade in the Cleveland area, and she gave an overview of a typical day in the lab focusing on the analysis of drug mixtures involving cocaine and heroin.

After the presentations teachers had a chance to perform one of two forensic labs – TLC of over-the-counter pain killers or a qualitative analysis of ions found in blood. In the afternoon, teachers finished the day in the Department of Criminal Justice & Forensic Sciences where Professor Susan Clutter demonstrated how do visualize blood splatter. Professor Rob Wardle showed everyone how to visualize latent fingerprints. Student Melissa James gave us a tour of the crime scene condo where students in the department learn how to secure a crime scene and collect evidence. The response from the participants was overwhelmingly positive and several planned on incorporating what they learned into their classes.

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!

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.

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STEM Expo & Meet the Employers

STEM Expo

Every spring and fall semester, STEM Professional Services organizes a career fair of sorts for all STEM students. In the past only internships and co-ops for current students were the focus of the expo, but this semester debuted the new Expo. Beginning fall 2016, the STEM Expo is now available to STEM students and alumni for internships, co-ops, and full-time positions.

Because of this expansion, the Expo has become bigger than ever. The Fall 2016 STEM Expo saw more than 600 students meet with 65 companies to discuss employment options. With so much interest and involvement, the Expo is expected to grow even more in the future and possibly require a larger venue.

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Meet the Employers

STEM Leadership Society coordinated with STEM Professional Services to host the Meet the Employers event. Mike Hripko, Associate Vice President for Research, moderated a panel consisting of representatives from Goodyear, Vallourec, Pearne & Gordon LLP, and the Cafaro Company. The panel members were invited to discuss their companies and explain what they look for in an applicant, and questions from the audience followed.

Representatives from other companies joined in a round table discussion where students could ask about the companies and the employers could get a sense of what the students were looking for as well. Companies involved were Tech Corps, MS Consultants, Progressive, Simmers Crane Design & Services, and Mercy Health.

Around 30 students attended this first-ever Meet the Employers, but STEM Leadership Society is eager to host more of them as a regular event in the future with more involvement from both students and employers.

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

 

STEM Expo

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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STEM Field Trip Days

In Dean Steelant’s column last month, he highlighted his desire to bring high school students to campus to show them around STEM and help them to learn about the opportunities available at YSU. It is our hope to have at least two high school field trips to STEM each month, and we are excited to announce our available STEM Field Trip Days for the Fall!

 

Each trip will include science demos with Dr. Steelant, information sessions/demos and tours with two of our academic departments, a campus tour, and lunch. Groups of up to 30 students can be accommodated, and we invite anyone interested in bringing a group to contact Emilie Eberth, Coordinator for STEM Outreach and Scholarships, at egeberth@ysu.edu or (330)941-2884.

 

Available STEM Field Trip Days and academic department highlights are:

Friday, September 9th: Engineering Technology and Computer Science & Information Systems

Tuesday, September 27th: Math/Stats and Mechanical Engineering

Wednesday, October 19th: Biological Sciences and Electrical/Computer Engineering

Friday, October 28th: Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Tuesday, November 8th: Physics & Astronomy and Industrial Engineering

Wednesday, November 30th: Geological & Environmental Studies and Civil/Environmental Engineering

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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.

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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.

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.