The Departments of Biology, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Computer Science, Earth Science, Mathematics, and Physics hosted the second annual UNI/Iowa Community College STEM Day on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa on Friday, October 31st. More than 50 students and faculty from 6 Iowa Community Colleges (Des Moines Area Community College, Ellsworth Community College, Hawkeye Community College, Indian Hills Community College, Kirkwood Community College, and Marshalltown Community College) attended the event.
Each participant chose three different academic departments in which to attend a specific session. In Biology, student participants assisted in solving a fictitious cold case of murder through the analysis of skeletal material, DNA and blood evidence, hair and fiber examinations and the use of botanical knowledge to determine the cause of death.
Cindi Boyd, faculty member at Hawkeye Community College, emailed as soon as the event was over stating "thanks for another fabulous day! It was much enjoyed by all. All of the UNI faculty exuded hospitality and enthusiasm for their area of research and that was inspiring. Please don't hesitate to ask me if there is any way I can help to promote STEM at UNI and collaboration between UNI and Hawkeye Community College. As an alumni of UNI I have a special fondness and respect for UNI."
The STEM Day event at UNI continues to grow and plans are again being made to host the event next fall. The STEM Day is supported by UNI Admissions Office and the UNI Community College Relations Office.