Our chapter was awarded a Science, Math and Engineering Grant from the National Sigma Xi organization to "Establish a STEM Research Community". In the summer of 2014 we used some of these funds to purchase needed supplies for our summer research gatherings. The gatherings fostered collaborations, the advancement of scientific knowledge and enhanced the ability of Sigma Xi members and others to participate in civic discourse.
The gatherings were organized and lead by Augustana faculty members Kimberly Murphy (biology) and Nathan Frank (physics). The initial gathering was held in the Atrium of the Hanson Science Hall at Augustana College on June 24, 2014. Here are some of the photos that were taken on that occasion.
Many of the STEM faculty at Augustana are working with students on research projects. This summer the first gathering of these students and their faculty advisors was held at noon on June 16, 2015. It was again held in the Atrium of the Hanson Science Hall at Augustana. This was a get-acquainted event with pizza and beverages provided. Here a few pictures that were taken.
The next gathering was at noon on June 30, 2015. In July a joint event was held with students and faculty from St. Ambrose University and Augustana College who were involved with summer research projects in STEM.
Several faculty members and students from Augustana and St. Ambrose gathered on July 14, 2016 to discuss their research projects. They met for refreshments at a dining room in the Gerber Center at Augustana. These photos were taken by Susa Stonedahl, assistant professor of physics at St. Ambrose.
Students and faculty from St. Ambrose and Augustana met on July 6, 2017 to discuss their research projects. The venue was a classroom at St. Ambrose. Here are a few photos that were taken at the event.