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STEM Gems: 2013-2014 Events

Fall STEM Gem Study Halls

Mondays, 8 p.m.-10 p.m., Oct. 21 - Dec. 16, Carlson Library, Group Study Room 310; Goergen Hall, Room 110. The goal of the study halls is to provide a "safe space" for students to work with study partners in their common curriculum. Tutors for specific courses can be available upon request to the Hajim Dean's Office.  Mentors will be available at each study hall.

August Fall Orientation Social

Deans' Dinner, Aug. 27, 5:30 p.m., Meliora Restaurant. The goal is to foster a familial-like environment among our underrepresented minority engineering students by bringing everyone together over a meal with their faculty advisers, and the Hajim School deans. 

September Workshop: What I'd Wish I'd Known

Sept. 26, 8 p.m., Dewey 2-162. Coordinated by the student chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers, the goal of this informal workshop is to connect freshmen with upperclass students who could potentially serve as mentors to them. The upperclass students candidly share their advice on how to survive emotionally, socially, and academically at the University of Rochester.

October Workshop: Major Worries

Oct. 24, 6 p.m., Friel Lounge. The purpose of this workshop is to reassure students that when challenges arise they can seek support from their freshmen peers and upperclass students/mentors.  Prompted discussion topics will focus on strategies for dealing with setbacks, bad grades, and uncertainties about their major. Refreshments will be served.

November Social: Deans' Home Away from Home Dinner

Nov. 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Meliora Restaurant. The goal of this event is to foster a familial-like environment, providing rejuvenation to students in the midst of midterms, preceding Thanksgiving Break.

February Retreat: Ski Retreat

Feb. 22-23, Bristol Mountain, NY. The goals of this retreat are to provide students an opportunity to regroup and to provide a forum for them to discuss their plans for the spring and upcoming summer.  This overnight retreat will include an engineering tour of the snow making and grooming system at Bristol Mountain, an academic workshop that discusses the resources available to freshmen, dinner, a social component—pool party coordinated by greek organizations—and tentatively a networking brunch the next morning with alumni.

Spring STEM Gem Study Halls

Mondays, 8 p.m.-10 p.m., Feb. 3 – April 28. Carlson Library, TBD; Goergen Hall, TBD

“Sound design is one of the coolest things I have ever learned about,” said Stephanie Roman, who, with classmate Renjin Zhao, created a spooky Halloween Haunted House sound bite for AME193. They created all the sounds from scratch – flapping a keyboard cover really fast, for example, to create the sound of bats flying through the air.

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