Parents and students visiting tables

STEM Spotlight

Monday, September 23, 2019
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Jack H. Turner Conference Center
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 2000 

Start your STEM Career at COD

We know you have a lot of choices for STEM. Come explore why COD should be at the top of your list. The event is targeted to sophomores, juniors and seniors in high school but is open to all and is FREE to attend. 

  • Meet College of DuPage faculty 
  • Hear from our Alumni Panel
  • Learn about scholarship options
  • Explore 2-year and 4-year programs
  • Take a Career Inventory Assessment

How to Register

Registering for an event at College of DuPage is easy! In order to register, you will need to Create a Profile on our application portal. Once you have a username/password, log onto the STEM Spotlight registration page or call (630) 942-2626 to reserve your spot. 


5:15 p.m. Check In begins 

5:30 p.m. Event begins - Information tables open 

6:45 p.m. Alumni Panel

7:30 p.m. Event concludes


Information Tables (5:30-6:45 p.m.)

Visit our information tables to learn more about various COD departments and services, COD student clubs, and STEM programs at 4-year universities. This year's participants include:  

Departments/Services: Biological Sciences, Earth Science/Astronomy, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Admissions and Outreach, Scholarships for STEM Students, Financial Aid, STEM at COD

Student Clubs: Engineering and Technology Club

4-year Institutions: Lewis University, Illinois Tech, Purdue University Northwest, Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy 

Alumni Panel (6:45-7:30 p.m.)

Join our Alumni Panel as they discuss why COD was important to their educational journey. There will be time for Q&A following the discussion.  

Erna Gevondyan, Energy Systems Risk Analyst for Argonne National Laboratory (COD Computer Science '12)

Erna Gevondyan is an Energy Systems Risk Analyst at Argonne National Laboratory. Her work involves applying risk assessment techniques in support of fostering an effective safety culture at nuclear power plants in the developing nations. Erna began her educational career at College of DuPage shortly after immigrating to the US from the republic of Georgia, initially majoring in graphic design. Realizing that, despite the high quality of the graphic design program at COD, the discipline wasn't right for her, Erna switched to the study of computer science, which she was able to successfully complete by receiving an Associate of Science degree as well as the necessary credits to transfer to the Illinois Institute of Technology. Also while at COD, Erna had applied for and was selected to participate in the Department of Energy's Summer Undergraduate Laboratory Internship program at Argonne, where she was later invited to continue her appointment part-time, under a cooperative education program. Erna graduated from IIT in 2015, and was offered a full-time position at Argonne, which she holds today. Realizing that most of the world's energy issues today require policy and economic studies, in addition to engineering, Erna decided to continue her education, and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Public Policy at Northwestern University with a focus on global energy policy and economics.  

Jacob Slinkman, Microbiologist for NOW Foods (COD Biology '13)

Jacob Slinkman is a microbiologist at NOW Foods in Bloomingdale, Illinois. Slinkman's duties include routine testing of raw materials, in process samples, and finished products for the presence of bacteria and pathogens. Slinkman was a COD Presidential Scholar and after receiving his Associate in Science degree from COD, he transferred to Cedarville University in Ohio, where he graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology. Slinkman is currently in his second year of graduate school through University of Florida online, pursuing an M.S. in Microbiology and Cell Science part-time while he continues to work.   

Alexis Miranda, Chemical Engineering Student at University of Illinois at Chicago (COD Chemical Engineering '17)

Alexis Miranda is a senior undergraduate chemical engineering student at UIC in Chicago, Illinois. Miranda's academic interests involve utilizing nanotechnology to revolutionize renewable energy resources. Some of her undergraduate research has focused on manipulating graphene to increase the efficiency of fuel cells and solar cells. While at COD, Miranda was the president of the COD Engineering and Technology Club and participated in an internship at Argonne National Laboratory. After graduating COD with and Associate in Engineering Sciences, she transferred to UIC where she is planning on receiving her B.S. in Chemical Engineering in Spring 2020. After graduation, Miranda plans on pursuing a M.S. in Materials Engineering at UIC to continue work in the field of nanotechnology.


Contact Information

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Division
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2E06, (630) 942-3210

STEM Outreach Coordinator
Institutional Resource Center (IRC), Room 1062, (630) 942-3021

For College of DuPage Admissions inquiries, call (630) 942-2626 or email