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STEM200 Research (and Design) Courses

Make the most of your semester at Oakton! Take a STEM research course and jump into a “real world” project. Earn up to four independent study credit hours in science, technology, engineering, and math.
(1) Spend at least 30 hours on the project in the enrolled semester, and
(2) Present your findings at a STEM Students Symposium

In fall 2015, STEM Students Symposium will be held on Tue., Dec. 8 and Wed., Dec. 9 at 2:30 in Room 1550 DP.

Each course is worth two credits and students may enroll in as many as desired. However, no more than four credits may be applied toward an Oakton degree.

Before enrolling, contact the project advisor to learn more about the topic and frequency of meetings (on campus, online, and off campus). Once you find the best fit, contact Gloria Liu at glorial@oakton.edu, 847-635-1738, to obtain an Independent Study Contract to enroll.

If you are a high school student interested in participating in one of these projects, please complete a concurrent enrollment form and receive approval from Student Recruitment & Outreach to enroll.

If you are a scientists, engineers, and researchers, please contact Gloria Liu at glorial@oakton.edu for more information about becoming a project advisor or supporting student research.

Fall 2015

Biology

32045 - BIO 240 - 0H1 - Paul Gulezian, pgulezia@oakton.edu – Investigations into the Ecology of Microbial Biofilms

Students in this project will learn the rigor of scientific research including literature review, designing a research project, conducting the project, and presenting findings. This is an interdisciplinary course team-taught by three professors. Past students have presented at professional conferences.

Chemistry

30618 - CHM 240 - 0H1 - Gary Mines, gmines@oakton.edu – Investigations into the Ecology of Microbial Biofilms

Students in this project will learn the rigor of scientific research including literature review, designing a research project, conducting the project, and presenting findings. This is an interdisciplinary course team-taught by three professors. Past students have presented at professional conferences.

31308 - CHM 200 - 001 - Chad Landrie, clandrie@oakton.edu – Modern Synthetic Methods in Organic Chemistry

Computer Science

31480 - INS 200 - 001 - Larry Tomczyk, larry@oakton.edu – The Internet of Everything/Raspberry Pi

The Internet of Everything (IoE) is the networked connection of people, process, data and things. As more people, data and things come online, we develop processes to harness the vast amounts information being generated by all these connected people and things. After students learn the fundamental concepts and technologies that enable the IoE, students will implement the concepts in a project/problem solving approach utilizing network enabled Raspberry Pi technology.

32154 - INS 200 - 002 - Larry Tomczyk, larry@oakton.edu – Computer, Information, and Network Security Research

31309 - CSC 200 - 001 - Kamilla Murashkina, kmurashk@oakton.edu  – Solving Math Using C++

Engineering

31310 - ENG 200 - 001 - Majid Ghadiri, mghadiri@oakton.edu - Design and Build Model Solar House

31312 - ENG 200 - 003 - Helen Skop, hskop@oakton.edu - Development of Waste Heat, Water & Emission Recovery Sys for Indst Bakery

31702 - ENG 200 - 004 - Angelo Gero, agero@oakton.edu – A Bite of Robotics

Design, build and test a component of a robot in preparation for 2016 NASA Robotic Mining Competition.

Contact STEM

Joe Kotowski
Director, Center for Promoting STEM
Professor, Mechanical Design & Mathematics
Room B231, Skokie
koto@oakton.edu
847.635.1268
Gloria Liu
Coordinator & Co-Director, Center for Promoting STEM
Room 2166, Des Plaines
glorial@oakton.edu
847.635.1924
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