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 an end-of-semester STEM Students Symposium.

STEM Students Symposium will be held on Wed., Dec. 7 and Wed., My 2 at 2:30pm.

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 at least two weeks before the course begins.

In 2017-2018, the Oakton Educational Foundation has awarded this program a grant to provide eligible students a stipend of up to $291.50. Contact Gloria Liu for more information how to receive this stipend or how to contribute to Oakton Educational Foundation toward this grant.

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 2017

Biology

Mapping and Monitoring Oak Hickory Forests (BIO 200-002 CRN 31890) Michelle Groves, mgroves@oakton.edu

Interdisciplinary Undergrad Lab Research - Investigations into Ecology of Microbial Biofilms (BIO 240 - 0H1 CRN 31435) Suzanne Ziegenhorn szigenh@oakton.edu, Gary Mines gmines@oakton.edu, Kanchana N Mendes kmendes@oakton.edu

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

Interdisciplinary Undergrad Lab Research - Investigations into Ecology of Microbial Biofilms (CHM 240 - 0H1 CRN 30539) Suzanne Ziegenhorn szigenh@oakton.edu, Gary Mines gmines@oakton.edu, Kanchana N Mendes kmendes@oakton.edu

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.

Engineering

Develop Waste Heat, H2O, & Emission Recovery System (ENG 200-002 CRN 31094) Helen Skop, hskop@yahoo.com

A Bite of Robotics (ENG 200-003 CRN 31635; ENG 200-004 CRN 31636) Angelo Gero, agero@oakton.edu
Design, build and test a component of a robot in preparation for 2018 NASA Robotics Mining Competition. Many thanks to Oakton's Educational Foundation for its generous support of the Oakton Robotics Team.

Internet of Everything: Rasperry Pi or Arduino (ENG 200-005) Larry Tomczyk larry@oakton.edu