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The iSTEM Program at EIU

What is iSTEM?

Inclusion in STEM! iSTEM brings together students from underrepresented groups in the STEM disciplines and faculty committed to encouraging and empowering these students. Our iSTEM group includes those in the sciences, social sciences, technology, engineering, mathematics and computer science fields. We have an active peer mentoring program that offers freshmen, sophomores, and transfer students the necessary support they may need during the critical early years of their college career in a STEM major. Participants in the program (mentees) will be paired with an upperclassman mentor who has exceled at EIU in a similar discipline. As well, the group meets two to three times a semester for social and professional engagement opportunities. 



Request a mentor -- Read our mentorship guidelines.

Peer mentors -- Some of our amazing peer mentors:

iSTEM peer mentors photo

Job and research opportunities

Professional development resources for students


Upcoming iSTEM Events

Watch for more in 2023! Follow us on Instagram, @eiu_istem


2022-2023 iSTEM Advisory Committee

Alejandra Alvarado - Mathematics and Computer Science

Michael Beck - Chemistry and Biochemistry

Gary Bulla - Biological Sciences

Tom Canam - Biological Sciences

Jake Crandall - Geology and Geography

Mona Davenport - Dean of Student Success

Kirstin Duffin - Booth Library (Co-Director)

Eden Effert-Fanta - Biological Sciences

Katherine Lewandowski - Geology and Geography

Eloy Martinez - Biological Sciences (Co-Director)

Andrew Mertz - Mathematics and Computer Science

Steven Pellizzeri - Chemistry and Biochemistry

Tiffany Pellizzeri - Chemistry and Biochemistry



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EIU iSTEM (@eiu_istem) • Instagram photos and videos


Recent Past Events

Lunch and Learn Career Talk - Wednesday, November 2, 2022, noon

Booth Library, Witters Conference Room 4440

"Light at the End of the Aperture: An Objective Lens on an Unconventional Physical Scientist in the Federal Government" - Dr. Treva T. Brown, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Stennis Space Center


Halloween Bowling - Thursday, October 27, 2022, 6:00 p.m.

at EIU bowling lanes in MLK Jr. Student Union


Welcome picnic - Tuesday, September 13, 2022, 5:00 p.m.

Campus pond pavilion (Where is this?)

Learn about iSTEM, our events and mentoring opportunities


Urban Butterfly Initiative volunteer workday - Sunday, April 3, 2022, 1:00–2:00 p.m.

Milkweed Demonstration Garden behind the Coles County Health Building in Charleston (


Black Men in White Coats watch party - Sunday, February 20, 2022

Doudna Fine Arts Center

Pizza: 1:30-2 pm in the Black Box Theatre

Film & discussion: 2-4 pm in the Dvorak Concert Hall

Black Men in White Coats film screening


Internship Experiences and Opportunities - Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 5:30–7:00 p.m.

Location - Life Sciences Building Room 2080

Anthony Porreca, Ph.D - Assistant Director, Kaskaskia Biological Station Illinois Natural History Survey and EIU MS grad   
Rhonda Rogers -Technology Major – Completed an internship in SU21 and is an iSTEM mentor  
Robert  Schuch - University Student Program Coordinator who comprehensively facilitates the development and implementation of the undergraduate programs at Argonne National Laboratories.
Nikhil Arun - Computer Science Major – Completed an internship in SU21
Cara N. Brown - Technical Recruiter, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory


Welcome picnic - Thursday, September 23, 2021, 5:00 p.m.

Learn about iSTEM, our events and mentoring opportunities

O'Brien Picnic Pavilion on Grant Street

picnic photo


Picture a Scientist posterPicture a Scientist panel discussion - Tuesday, March 30, 2021, 5:00 p.m.

Join our discussion of the 2020 film Picture a Scientist that examines gender inequality and discrimination in the sciences. We are pleased to host three panelists: Dr. Ana Chicas-Mosier (Postdoctoral Fellow at Auburn University), Dr. Katie Lewandowski (Professor at EIU’s Department of Geology and Geography), and Ms. Lizeth Tamayo (Ph.D. candidate at the University of Chicago). Panelist bios.

Dr. Tiffany Pellizzeri (Instructor at EIU’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry) will moderate the panel.


STEM Careers and Internships - Thursday, February 4, 2021, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Zoom meeting, with panelists:


Success in STEM - Thursday, November 12, 2020, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Mentoring opportunities & event planning

via Zoom


Welcome social - Thursday, January 23, 2020, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Mentoring opportunities & event planning for the semester

Booth Library Edgar Room 3202


Board Game Night - Thursday, October 24, 2019, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Snacks provided!

Cultural Center, 1525 7th Street (across from Old Main)


Discovering Purpose and Value - Thursday, October 17, 2019, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Presented by Emmanuel Ayiku, Graduate Assistant, Student Success Center, Department of Counseling & Student Development

Booth Library Witters Conference Room 4440


Guided nature walk - Saturday, September 28, 2019, 11:00 a.m - noon.

Douglas-Hart Nature Center, 2204 DeWitt Ave. East in Mattoon.



Tree & Shrub Day - Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 4:00-7:00 p.m.

FREE fried chicken dinner at 5:15 p.m. or roast hot dogs on the campfire.

Events include:

     - EIU Herpetology Club with live animals

     - Coles County Bat Research table

     - Bird watching

     - Self-guided tree and shrub trail

Douglas-Hart Nature Center, 2204 DeWitt Ave. East in Mattoon.


Student Planning Meeting - Thursday, September 19, 2019, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Booth Library Witters Conference Room 4440


Welcome Reception - Thursday, September 5, 2019, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Booth Library Edgar Room 3202

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