Launching Your Successful STEM Career
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields offer exciting opportunities for careers of discovery, innovation, and helping others. But how does one prepare for and achieve such a career? In this seminar, students will learn about the critical role played by research in STEM fields, the skills and qualities that are valuable in research (e.g., programming, teamwork, communication, and persistence in the face of obstacles), and the practical steps they can take at Rutgers to foster success in STEM majors and careers. Students will interact with guest researchers from multiple STEM fields, explore the life stories of STEM professionals like 2015 Presidential Medal of Freedom winner Katherine Johnson and 2016 Rutgers honorary degree recipient Jocelyn Bell Burnell, and receive training in basic programming in the Python language. As a final project, students will work in teams to reproduce some of the calculations made by Johnson and others to help launch NASA rockets as part of the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs.