STEM Academy Workshops

Most enrichment workshops will be on Friday afternoons. If you can’t do Fridays and want to be accommodated, please contact Jocelyn at now so we can plan ahead. If there's a workshop that you want to see happen, contact Jocelyn with your suggestion and we'll try to make it happen.


Resume Writing Workshop

Friday, September 19, 2:00pm - 4:00pm in FH106 (computer lab)

With STEM Academy Director Jocelyn Graf

Most students have at some point been required to write a resume, but advice on resume writing is often vague or contradictory, and an internet search will yield many poor example resumes. This workshop will explain the basic content of resumes for jobs and internships, including both academic and industry positions. Common errors and tips for job application success will be included. By the end of the workshop, participants should be able to craft a resume that will clearly and elegantly communicate their qualifications and experience.

RSVP to Chanda at


Fabrication Lab Student Orientation

Tuesday, September 23, noon - 2:00pm in Sci208

With Physics/Engineering Professor Jayesh Bhakta

Learn your way around the engineering fabrication laboratory and get safety training so that you can use the lab. Some of the skills you can learn at the fabrication lab for you to use are:  SolidWorks (3D computer-aided drafting), Arduino (microprocessor programming in general), soldering skills, welding skills, model fabrication, computer-aided manufacturing, 3D printing, and machining.

RSVP not necessary. Just show up!


UC Personal Statement Workshop

Friday, October 10, 2:00-4:00pm in FH-106

With LACC Community Services Manager Drew Yamanishi

This week's workshop leader, Drew Yamanishi, has over a decade of experience at LA high schools through LACC's Upward Bound Program advising students on how to navigate the complexities of the University of California (UC) transfer system and has served as an Admissions Officer for Michigan State University, and essay-reader for the Gates Millennium Scholarship in Washington D.C. In this workshop, he will present tips on the personal statement. Much of the advice should be applicable to application essays for other schools, scholarships, and summer research programs as well. This workshop will include time to work in the computer lab drafting or revising your own personal statement. Remember, completing a personal statement is a requirement to maintain your STEM Academy membership. This workshop gives you the opportunity to meet two requirements at once--one workshop plus the personal statement.

RSVP to Chanda at if you need a workstation in the computer lab, or just show up with your laptop.


Beyond Memorization: Tips and Tricks for Understanding Chemistry

Friday, October 17, 12:30-2:30pm in FH-308

With CSULA Adjunct Professor of Chemistry and USC Staff Researcher Bikau Shukla

This week’s workshop leader, Dr. Shukla, has over a decade of experience teaching chemistry at colleges and universities both in the US and internationally. He is currently a Research Scientist at USC and teaching chemistry at California State University Los Angeles as an Adjunct Professor. He has interdisciplinary research experience in both chemistry and engineering, including working with the professor in Japan who discovered nanotubes.

Chemistry is an integral part of the materials of daily life and our understanding of the universe. Knowingly or unknowingly, everyone uses, thinks about, and experiences the effect of chemical reactions every moment. Of course, as there are more than 10 million chemical compounds and reactions, it is impossible to memorize them. In this workshop, Dr. Shukla will present some techniques that he has developed for easy understanding of chemistry and effective retention of the content over the long term. The tips and tricks will be applicable to general, physical, inorganic, organic and analytical chemistry.

Dr. Shukla will also leave time during the workshop to discuss how to pursue a scientific career and research opportunities at universities, and to answer participant questions on these subjects.

RSVP not necessary. Please come with a notebook/paper and a pen/pencil. Please direct any questions on the workshop to Chanda at

Online Workshop: Book Discussion of A People's History of Science

Start date: TBA

With STEM Academy Director Jocelyn Graf

This workshop option is for STEM Academy members who are not able to participate in other workshops due to their schedules, or who have an interest in joining a book discussion. Each participant will be assigned an excerpt of the book A People's History of Science to read. Students will report on their reading and participate in a guided discussion. Copies of the book will be available on loan from the STEM Academy. A People's History of Science addresses the hidden roles of laboratory workers, craftspeople, women, indigenous people, and others in great scientific discoveries and technological developments across the centuries. Participants in the book discussion will be able to choose readings based on their interests.