October 2, 2019 – Professional Development!
Professor Karen Chen-Wiegart was invited to attend the “ Wonder Woman Event” hosted by the Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) program as a professional role model in the Materials Engineering field. Olivia Chen, an undergraduate Chemical Engineering student in her senior year and group member, also attended the event and networked with the other professionals.
The event was hosted in the Charles B. Wang Center at Stony Brook University. Professionals from various STEM fields shared their stories about their career paths to aspiring female engineers and scientists in the WiSE program. Professor Chen-Wiegart talked to aspiring undergraduate female students from various disciplines in their freshman and sophomore years about the opportunities and the various career paths that can be taken.
Left photo: Professor Karen Chen-Wiegart (left) and Olivia Chen (right), undergraduate Chemical Engineering student in her senior year. Right photo: Doreen Aveni (left), the WISE Honors Program Administrator and Professor Karen Chen-Wiegart (right)
July 21, 2019 – Summer Sunday 2019: Brilliant Light, Dazzling Discoveries
During the annual “Summer Sunday” at BNL’s NSLS-II all group members helped to give tours, run demonstrations, and answer questions about the science that happens at NSLS-II. The team worked with numerous other scientists and staff at NSLS-II to showcase the facility to all ages of the public.
Top: Graduate students Arthur and Lijie helping future scientists assemble tasty gum drop crystal structures in the “ Crystalicious ” demonstration. Bottom left: Visiting Professor Qingkun explaining hydrogen-fuel cell powered cars in the “Eco Cars” demonstration. Bottom right: Graduate students Chonghang and Cheng-hung launching water-powered rockets into the air.
May 4, 2019 - Get to Know the Lab Science Fair Expo: K-12 students and parents
Group members Bryan Conry, Arthur Ronne, Cheng-Hung Lin, Xiaoyang Liu, Chonghang Zhao together with Prof. Chen-Wiegart volunteered at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) for the “Get to Know the Lab Science Fair Expo” event. The team worked with the scientists and communication office at BNL – Everyone had a great time to explain the principles and impacts of cutting-edge synchrotron X-ray facility NSLS-II to the K-12 students, who are the participants of the annual Science Fair and their parents. Thanks to everyone – well done!
Group members (one undergraduate student and four graduate students, including the student who is working on the NSF CAREER project) together with the PI volunteered at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) for the “Get to Know the Lab Science Fair Expo” event. The team worked with the scientists and communication office at BNL – Everyone had a great time to explain the principles and impacts of cutting-edge synchrotron X-ray facility NSLS-II to the K-12 students, who are the participants of the annual Science Fair and their parents.
Summer Slam, 2018: 5-11 year old children
The Prof. Chen-Wiegart co-organized a five-day hands-on science experiment series called ‘Inspiration Station’ for ~ 250 children every summer since 2014 as part of a church-based children’s summer camp on Long Island. In 2018’s event, inspired by the NSF CAREER project which emphasizes on diffusion and kinetics, the Prof. Chen-Wiegart designed an experiment using colors to demonstrate the diffusion for the young children.
July 29, 2018 - Summer Sunday 2018: High school students; General public
The Prof. Chen-Wiegart coordinated the Summer Sunday visit by NSF-funded Garcia Summer High School Program at Stony Brook, total 42 students came to NSLS-II. Students had the opportunity to visit the experimental floor of NSLS-II in the synchrotron ring tunnel, the control room, and the Hard X-ray Nano-probe beamline, where the Prof. Chen-Wiegart also conducted research for the NSF CAREER project.
NSLS-II Summer Sunday event; Prof. Chen-Wiegart coordinated the Summer Sunday visit by NSF-funded Garcia Summer High School Program at Stony Brook, total 42 students came to NSLS-II. (upper left) Half of the attendees were taking tour under the guidance of the Prof. Chen-Wiegart(first right); the other half was guided by the NSLS-II Director Dr. J. Hill. Students had the opportunity to visit the experimental floor of NSLS-II in the (upper right)synchrotron ring tunnel, (bottom left) the control room, and (bottom right) the Hard X-ray Nano-probe beamline, where the Prof. Chen-Wiegart also conducted research for the NSF CAREER project.
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Prof. Chen-Wiegart also volunteered at the event also as a tour guide. All the group member in the
Prof. Chen-Wiegart’s group volunteered for the event: One graduate student and one visiting scholar
student led the tour for the general publics to visit NSLS-II; three graduate students
and one undergraduate student showcased scientific displays and interacted directly
with the general public about materials science and synchrotron facilities.
NSLS-II Summer Sunday event; (upper left) Prof. Chen-Wiegart joined the event also as a tour guide to tour general public around the facility; (upper right, bottom) group members showed case scientific displays and interacted with the general public during the event.
October 6, 2017 – Outreach Activity!
Prof. Chen-Wiegart was invited to speak on the panel in the event hosted by Suffolk Community College : Women in Manufacturing – STEM Summit. The speakers in different panels explore the importance and impact that women have in manufacturing-related sectors and how STEM education can support further growth in these industries.
(Left) Prof. Chen-Wiegart addressed to the audience in th e event. (Right) Prof. Chen-Wiegart (2nd from the left) and other panelists in the STEM education panel.
September 23, 2017 – Outreach Activity!
During the Communiversity Day event at Stony Brook University, students in Prof. Chen-Wiegart’s group teamed up with the Educational Center and National Synchrotron Light Source – II of Brookhaven National Laboratory to display a synchrotron model.
(Left) From left: Prof. Chen-Wiegart, Dr. Stanley – Stony Brook University President, M.S. Student Yu-Chung, M.S. Student Xiaoyang (Middle) M.S. Student Yu-Chung, Ph.D. Student Chonghang, M.S. Student Xiaoyang, Ph.D. Student Cheng-Hung, Prof. Chen-Wiegart, BNL staff Nora Sundin. (Right) The group explained the model to young students.