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STEM careers update at UNI

March 8, 2012

Lori Wurtz, secretary II, Science Education, 319-273-6049,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers update for secondary counselors will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, March 23, in Maucker Union and McCollum Science Hall on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

"This event is designed to make sure that secondary counselors are aware of all the new opportunities available in the STEM fields," said Cherin Lee, UNI associate professor of biology and science education and chair of science education. "Within the last 10 years, jobs in these fields have opened up that didn't exist before."

The update will feature several career presentations. The John Deere Inspire presentation includes information about engineering as a career and what students need to do at the high school level to prepare. UNI faculty and Hawkeye Community College faculty will discuss various careers in STEM areas. "Students need to know they can prepare for some STEM careers in two-year community college programs," noted Lee. 

The final presentation, which will be followed by a question-and-answer session and discussion, will focus on how middle and high school students can prepare for STEM careers. Lee asks that counselors attending the update select a middle or high school math or science teacher to accompany them. "This is to strengthen the connections in schools between career information and content preparation so that everyone can make students aware of the opportunities in STEM," Lee said.

Registration is $15, and it is due no later than Tuesday, March 20. The first 25 people to register will be provided with substitute pay for the accompanying science or math teacher, and car pool travel will be reimbursed. For additional information or to register, contact Lori Wurtz, secretary II in Science Education at UNI, at 319-273-6049 or