STEM Career Community

STEM Career community

The STEM Community is a space for students who have a desire to innovate, invent, research, analyze, and critically think through various solutions in multiple disciplines. Do you enjoy solving complex problems? Are you skilled in learning new software or programs? Interested in conducting in-depth research? This community will cover a wide range of opportunities that relate to these interests and more! Examples of jobs you will learn about in this community are electrical engineer, software engineer, programmer, data scientist, civil engineer, and others. These careers and many others can be explored in this community through event opportunities, industry information, internship or co-op postings, and additional resources.

 

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STEM Career Community Areas to Explore

Applied Math and Science

There are many ways to enter the fields of applied math and science. Explore these sample major guides to learn more about internship sites, job titles, and skills relevant to these areas.

Engineering

There are many ways to enter the fields of Engineering. Explore these sample major guides to learn more about internship sites, job titles, and skills relevant to these areas.

 

Information Technology

There are many ways to enter the fields of information technology. Explore these sample major guides to learn more about internship sites, job titles, and skills relevant to these areas.

STEM Career Community

8/16/22 Environmental Protection Specialist (Grants Project Officer) - R9 for job 6842002
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Expires: 8/20/22

8/16/22 Life Scientist/Physical Scientist/Environmental Engineer - R9 for job 6841903
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Expires: 8/20/22

8/15/22 Remote Recent Graduate - Contract Specialist for job 6839284
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Expires: 8/20/22

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See what alumni are doing

STEM Alumni in 5

Jeff Yin '08 Spotlight

Jeff Yin '08

It's so hard to choose one GVSU memory. Some of my best memories include hall hockey in Pew (sorry about all the noise everyone), all the intramural sports, Relay for Life, and traveling down to Alabama to watch Grand Valley win a national championship.

Matthew Shan '21 Spotlight

Matthew Shan '21

My favorite GV memory was when three other GVSU students and I went to CalvinHacks and won third place with a Chrome clickbait detector.

Michael Williams '13 Spotlight

Michael Williams '13

I absolutely loved being a campus tour guide. Nothing beats seeing moms, dads, and/or other family members go from "anxious and worried to send their child off to school" to "comfortable and excited."

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Find more STEM alumni on LinkedIn!

Don't have a LinkedIn profile? Read these tips to learn more!


Attend Events to Learn More

Career Community- STEM

10-Minute Resume Reviews with Employer Partners

September 16, 2022 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Sign up to have your resume reviewed by an industry professional! This is your chance to get valuable feedback from experts in your field including tips on formatting, content, and how to translate...

10-Minute Resume Reviews with Employer Partners

September 30, 2022 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Sign up to have your resume reviewed by an industry professional! This is your chance to get valuable feedback from experts in your field including tips on formatting, content, and how to translate...

JC Penney Suit Up

October 2, 2022 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

All Grand Valley students and alumni are invited to attend a GVSU/JCPenney Suit-Up Event! This event will include options to participate virtually or in-person. In person: Come to JCPenney at RiverTown...

Prepare for the Career Fair

October 5, 2022 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Are you preparing for the upcoming GVSU Career and Internship Fair, but not quite sure where to start? The Career Center will be hosting a drop-in event to help you refine your resume, formulate your...

Prepare for the Career Fair

October 6, 2022 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Are you preparing for the upcoming GVSU Career and Internship Fair, but not quite sure where to start? The Career Center will be hosting a drop-in event to help you refine your resume, formulate your...

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Student Organizations and Professional Associations - STEM

On-campus student organizations with a professional goal are an excellent way to explore your future career and get involved in your field. For more information on the organizations below use the GVSU LakerLink.

  • American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular biology

  • Android Mobile Club

  • Beekeepers Club

  • Biology Club

  • Cage Free

  • Chemistry Club

  • Computer Science Club

  • Ethics Club

  • Farm Club

  • Genetic Counseling Organization

  • GVSU Computing Club

  • GVSU Formula Racing Team

  • GVSU Solar Racing Team

  • IEEE - international professional organization for electrical, computer, and electronics engineers

  • Microbiology Club

  • National Society of Black Engineers

  • Neighbors for Justice

  • Seidman Sustainability

  • Society of Women Engineers

  • Soil and Water Conservation Club

  • Student Environmental Coalition

  • Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honor Society)

  • Upsilon Pi Epsilon

  • Wildlife Society

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Meet Your STEM Career Advisors


Chris Babbitt

Chris Babbitt

Office Address: 101B DeVos
Phone: (616) 331-6708
Email: [email protected]

Chris is a Career Advisor who works with students, faculty, and employers in the Seymour & Esther Padnos College of Engineering & Computing, mathematics, statistics, and physics departments. 

Stephanie Dombrowski

Stephanie Jensen

Office Address: 200 Student Services
Phone: (616) 331-3311
Email: [email protected]

Stephanie is a Career Advisor who works with students, faculty, and employers in the natural and hard sciences and health related programs. 


be career ready!

Regardless of what you do and where you land, employers across industries and disciplines all agree that it is important for learners to be career ready. Below are 8 key competencies that can help you get to where you want to go. For further information on these, please visit the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

Career Readiness Competencies

Proactively develop oneself and one’s career through continual personal and professional learning, awareness of one’s strengths and weaknesses, navigation of career opportunities, and networking to build relationships within and without one’s organization.

SAMPLE BEHAVIORS

  • Show an awareness of own strengths and areas for development.
  • Identify areas for continual growth while pursuing and applying feedback.
  • Develop plans and goals for one’s future career.
  • Professionally advocate for oneself and others.
  • Display curiosity; seek out opportunities to learn.
  • Assume duties or positions that will help one progress professionally.
  • Establish, maintain, and/or leverage relationships with people who can help one professionally.
  • Seek and embrace development opportunities.
  • Voluntarily participate in further education, training, or other events to support one’s career.

Clearly and effectively exchange information, ideas, facts, and perspectives with persons inside and outside of an organization.

SAMPLE BEHAVIORS

  • Understand the importance of and demonstrate verbal, written, and non-verbal/body language, abilities.
  • Employ active listening, persuasion, and influencing skills.
  • Communicate in a clear and organized manner so that others can effectively understand.
  • Frame communication with respect to diversity of learning styles, varied individual communication abilities, and cultural differences.
  • Ask appropriate questions for specific information from supervisors, specialists, and others.
  • Promptly inform relevant others when needing guidance with assigned tasks.

Identify and respond to needs based upon an understanding of situational context and logical analysis of relevant information.

SAMPLE BEHAVIORS

  • Make decisions and solve problems using sound, inclusive reasoning and judgment.
  • Gather and analyze information from a diverse set of sources and individuals to fully understand a problem.
  • Proactively anticipate needs and prioritize action steps.
  • Accurately summarize and interpret data with an awareness of personal biases that may impact outcomes.
  • Effectively communicate actions and rationale, recognizing the diverse perspectives and lived experiences of stakeholders.
  • Multi-task well in a fast-paced environment.

Demonstrate the awareness, attitude, knowledge, and skills required to equitably engage and include people from different local and global cultures. Engage in anti-racist practices that actively challenge the systems, structures, and policies of racism.

SAMPLE BEHAVIORS

  • Solicit and use feedback from multiple cultural perspectives to make inclusive and equity-minded decisions.
  • Actively contribute to inclusive and equitable practices that influence individual and systemic change.
  • Advocate for inclusion, equitable practices, justice, and empowerment for historically marginalized communities.
  • Seek global cross-cultural interactions and experiences that enhance one’s understanding of people from different demographic groups and that leads to personal growth.
  • Keep an open mind to diverse ideas and new ways of thinking.
  • Identify resources and eliminate barriers resulting from individual and systemic racism, inequities, and biases.
  • Demonstrate flexibility by adapting to diverse environments.
  • Address systems of privilege that limit opportunities for members of historically marginalized communities.

Recognize and capitalize on personal and team strengths to achieve organizational goals.

SAMPLE BEHAVIORS

  • Inspire, persuade, and motivate self and others under a shared vision.
  • Seek out and leverage diverse resources and feedback from others to inform direction.
  • Use innovative thinking to go beyond traditional methods.
  • Serve as a role model to others by approaching tasks with confidence and a positive attitude.
  • Motivate and inspire others by encouraging them and by building mutual trust.
  • Plan, initiate, manage, complete and evaluate projects.

Knowing work environments differ greatly, understand and demonstrate effective work habits, and act in the interest of the larger community and workplace.

SAMPLE BEHAVIORS

  • Act equitably with integrity and accountability to self, others, and the organization.
  • Maintain a positive personal brand in alignment with organization and personal career values.
  • Be present and prepared.
  • Demonstrate dependability (e.g., report consistently for work or meetings).
  • Prioritize and complete tasks to accomplish organizational goals.
  • Consistently meet or exceed goals and expectations.
  • Have an attention to detail, resulting in few if any errors in their work.
  • Show a high level of dedication toward doing a good job.

Build and maintain collaborative relationships to work effectively toward common goals, while appreciating diverse viewpoints and shared responsibilities.

SAMPLE BEHAVIORS

  • Listen carefully to others, taking time to understand and ask appropriate questions without interrupting.
  • Effectively manage conflict, interact with and respect diverse personalities, and meet ambiguity with resilience.
  • Be accountable for individual and team responsibilities and deliverables.
  • Employ personal strengths, knowledge, and talents to complement those of others.
  • Exercise the ability to compromise and be agile.
  • Collaborate with others to achieve common goals.
  • Build strong, positive working relationships with supervisor and team members/coworkers.

Understand and leverage technologies ethically to enhance efficiencies, complete tasks, and accomplish goals.

SAMPLE BEHAVIORS

  • Navigate change and be open to learning new technologies.
  • Use technology to improve efficiency and productivity of their work.
  • Identify appropriate technology for completing specific tasks.
  • Manage technology to integrate information to support relevant, effective, and timely decision-making.
  • Quickly adapt to new or unfamiliar technologies.
  • Manipulate information, construct ideas, and use technology to achieve strategic goals.



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