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College of Science & Mathematics

2014 STEM Symposium

Date: Friday, April 25


STEM Symposium

Planning for the 17th Annual Rowan Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM) Student Research Symposium is already underway! 

Tentative Schedule:

Session I: 9:00 - 10:45 
Session II: 11:15 - 1:00 


Session III: 1:30 - 3:15 

Last year's Symposium was a very successful event, particularly because the participating students represented the diversity of Rowan University's academic departments and programs.

All of the work presented at the Symposium should have significant involvement by Rowan University students and should in fact be presented by Rowan students. Thus, the Symposium serves as an excellent opportunity for students conducting scholarly activity to learn how to communicate their work to others inside and outside of their field. In addition, underclassmen attending the STEM Symposium will learn about the wide array of research opportunities available to them here at Rowan University. This is especially important as employers and graduate/professional school admissions committees continue to place a greater emphasis on research experience outside of the traditional curriculum. Finally, the Symposium facilitates additional communication between faculty who may be in different departments but have related research interests.

Criteria for Participation

The criteria for participation in the STEM Symposium are the following:

• the work presented represents research in the natural or physical sciences, technology, engineering, or mathematics;in which at least one Rowan student has had participation;
• at least one Rowan student has had participation;
• a Rowan student is the presenting author (multiple presenting student authors are acceptable);
• some significant portion of the presented work has been carried out during 5/2013 - 4/2014 time frame;
• the presented work could have been carried out on-campus or off-campus;
• an abstract is submitted as described in the call for abstracts;
• the presentation will be in the format of a poster similar to what is presented at various scientific meetings.

Please note also that the presented work should represent research conducted within one of the STEM disciplines rather than research about the STEM disciplines. This means that the presented work must be primary research that is hypothesis- or application-driven.

Click here for more details about the criteria for participation.

What's New for 2014

  • Online Submission System:  This year we are rolling out a brand new web-based submission system. 

  • Clusters:  The 2013 Symposium was the first to feature themed clusters of presentations at the Symposium.  The clusters for the 2013 Symposium were:


    •  Biomedical Research

    •  Computer Games

    •  Energy Research

    •  Pharmaceutical Research


    For questions regarding clusters, or to propose a theme for a new cluster for the 2014 STEM Symposium, please contact Dr. Hecht ( 


  • Awards: This year's Symposium (2014) will be the third time that there will be recognition awards. Please note that the question that appears on the student screens of the STEM Online Submission System regarding awards is not functional at this time.  To be considered for an award, students should request that their Faculty Sponsor contact the appropriate College's STEM Awards Committee directly.

    Please note that the STEM Symposium Organizing Committee is not involved in the awards process.  Questions regarding award criteria, how to have your poster considered for an award, and the judging process should be directed to the College of Engineering and to theCollege of Science & Mathematics.  Please do not contact Dr. Hecht or the STEM Symposium email help address regarding STEM Symposium awards.





How Students Can Help Make the Symposium a Success; Contact for More Information

The 2014 STEM Symposium is being coordinated by Dr. Gregory Hecht (Dept. Biological Sciences) and is presented by the College of Sciences & Mathematics, The College of Engineering, and the Department of Biological Sciences. 
Please direct questions or comments to Dr. Hecht at ext 3577.

Michael Bacani, Pallavi Chary, Justen Dowling, Tyler Gale, Hussain Haider, Sneha Kolla, and Luke Nichols-O'Neill will be the STEM Student Coordinators this year. This year we will need student help with the following items: (i) publicity for the Symposium; (ii) set-up for the Symposium the evening before the event; (iii) final set-up work on the morning of the Symposium; and (iv) clean-up immediately after the Symposium. 
SGA chartered organizations that help with the STEM Symposium can receive service project credit. If you know of student groups that are interested in helping out, please have them get in touch with the Student Coordinators. We are especially interested in having groups affiliated with the STEM Departments help out, but other groups are certainly welcome, too; these types of groups helped out last year and their assistance was invaluable.

The STEM Student Coordinators can be contacted by email. They can also be contacted by sending campus mail to the Biological Sciences Department in care of Dr. Gregory Hecht.

Location: Eynon Ballroom, Chamberlain Student Center

Contact: Greg Hecht