STEM showcased at college event

YOUNGSTOWN — Dr. Peyman Givi of the University of Pittsburgh said getting an undergraduate degree in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) areas at Youngstown State University will open doors to many careers.

Givi, a YSU alumni who is a mechanical engineering and materials science instructor, spoke to visiting high school seniors who attend a recent STEM open house.

“There are a lot of opportunities once you graduate from a STEM college. The fact that you learn the fundamentals here at YSU is very beneficial to what you do in the future,” Givi said. “Just because a school may be more expensive does not make it any better than what YSU offers here to its students.”

More than 30 high school seniors who are considering STEM careers met the faculty, staff and alumni from YSU’s College of STEM.

“They received first-hand information from those who teach classes and those who have graduated from YSU,” said Emlie Ebeth, coordinator of STEM outreach and scholarships.

“We have students who graduate and go into engineering and research. We showed them what programs we offer and what classes they should take,” she said.

In addition, there was also information on financial aid, admissions, and graduate college.

Michael Hartman, a senior at Canfield High School, said he was looking for a career in mathematics and actuarial sciences.

“It was very informative walking around and learning what classes to take and where I would be taking these classes,” he said.

Hartman said he also liked the internship programs available through STEM College.

Dr. Wim Steelant, dean of College of STEM, said a STEM Expo will be held on Feb. 22 at Stambaugh Stadium, where students who will be graduating can meet with representatives of different companies.