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SLI Events

STEM Outreach Events

SLI partners up with others to organize events to draw in an audience of students in STEM.


in partnership with the STEM Division

Tuesday, September, 2023

2 - 3:30pm

Join SLI, the STEM Division, and all STEM departments in an event where you can get a chance to meet faculty and students in STEM at Foothill. There will be snacks, free t-shirts and swag, and a raffle for all those who attend - prizes include an iPad, giftcards, and other fun items! 


Check out our past events

Terra Vitali: Earth Day 2023

Earth Day bannerFriday, April 21, 2023

1pm - 4pm

Rooms 4501 and 4502 at Foothill College

Thanks to all who presented and joined in our event! We hope you came away inspired to keep working for social change!

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Slides from Event

Here is a word cloud generated from all those who RSVPd for our event - three words you think about when you hear the theme of our event:

earth day word cloud

NASA-Ames and Foothill's Science Learning Institute invites YOU to join us for a hybrid event to explore ways in which using systems thinking in our approaches to geoengineering and planetary management are helping make progress toward restoring the vitality of our biosphere, to its healthy state as it was 10,000 years ago when human civilization first began to impact Earth's landscape. 

We will have speakers from academia, government, and industry, and will highlight current research in the context of ecosystems services, including efforts toward implementing carbon sequestration, the shift from a linear to circular economy, regenerative person-centered solutions, the paradigm-shift in sharing scientific information from restricted access to fully open science – and a focus on opportunities for individuals to get involved. We will also include a short break-out group discussion session to facilitate connection among participants on these topics.

Join us to be part of a community of citizen scientists trying to make a change to restore the vitality and health of our Earth!

This will be a hybrid event - in-person at Foothill College and on Zoom.

Guest speakers will include:

Robert Cormia, chemistry instructor at Foothill College, speaking about the importance of Carbon Sequestration.

Graham Lau, astrobiologist and communicator of science: Director of Communications and Marketing for Blue Marble Space, Research Scientist with the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science, Director for the Young Scientists Program at Blue Marble; also host of the show “Ask an Astrobiologist”, which is sponsored by the NASA Astrobiology Program and SAGANet.

Allison Meezan, Geography, GIS & Global Studies Instructor, Foothill College

Mary Yap, Co-founder of Lithos Carbon Lithos Carbon - the climate crisis can't wait. Humanity will need 10–15 billion tons of CO₂ removal a year by 2050 — but we're only 0.006% of the way there. Lithos accelerates the solution.

Former student interns, who will describe their projects and experiences working at NASA Ames Research Center.

Wenonah Vercoutere, Research Scientist with the Biophysics & Sustainability Laboratory at NASA-Ames will emcee this event. 

We will also provide information about opportunities to get involved!

Unlocking the Secrets of Transfer: SLI Alumni Panel Series

The SLI STEM Impact Team is hosting a series of sessions about transfer, especially focusing on the experiences of students/ alumni from underrepresented groups. Come join us to hear about their experiences to prepare yourself for transfer - whether it's this year or next!

Am I Smart Enough? Beating Imposter Syndrome While Transferring

Tuesday, February 28, 2023 from 3 - 4pm


“Am I Smart Enough? Beating Imposter Syndrome While Transferring” is the second session of SLI’s Transfer Series where Foothill alumni will talk about their experiences in adjusting academically after transfer and their experiences and their journey of overcoming imposter syndrome.

    • Brandon Gomez, San Jose State University
    • Steve Silva, UC Davis
    • Stacy Tran, UC Irvine

Are You Ready to Move On?

Friday, February 10, 2023 from 12 - 1pm

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Are you interested in hearing about transfer from former Foothill students? Are You Ready to Move on? is the first session of SLI’s Panel Series where Foothill alumni will express their successes and challenges as a transfer student. Here, panelists will talk about how they found community, secured necessities such as housing and books, and dealt with the shift from community college to university life.

    • Jasslie Altamirano, UC San Diego
    • Daniel Ramos, San Jose State University
    • Daniel Chavez, UC Berkeley

KLA Info Session

Tuesday, February 14, 2023 from 12 - 1:15pm 

Room 4218

Come to this lunch-time info session about KLA, a semiconductor manuacturing company headquartered in Milpitas. KLA employees will come share their career paths and you can learn more about this field where there are well paying jobs for community college students, right out of school. Pizza will be provided for those who RSVP. 

nano@Stanford Info Session

Thursday, December 1, 2022 from 12 - 1pm 

Come to this lunch-time info session about the nano@Stanford internship program for community college students. Free lunch will be provided, and we'll Zoom in to hear about the program from Daniella Duran, the Education and Outreach manager at nano@Stanford. We'll also hear from some current commiunity college interns about their experience.

Applications the internship program are being accepted now!

Recording from the Info Session to be posted. 

SLI Boba Social

Thursday, December 8, 2022 from 4 - 6pm

Join the SLI community in a study break where you will

  • meet other STEM students and members of the SLI community
  • practice networking in a safe and structured environment
  • drink some free Boba!

We'll have some structured fun activities to help you practice networking, something that can be super hard and which we often just avoid. Come mix and mingle with us right before exam week!

National STEM Day

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

National STEM Day is an nationally recognized day to celebrate STEM and encourage people of all ages to explore and get inspired by STEM and its presence in our lives. 

Foothill STEM Day

Tuesday, September 20, 2022 from 1:30 - 3:30pm

PSEC Quad (up by parking lot 4)

Immediately following New Student Orientation

All current and new Foothill students are invited to join in this free event! Faculty and departments will have booths set up with flyers and information about majors and courses. They will also be doing presentations and demos to get you introduced to all the STEM disciplines.

There will be prizes raffled off, including and iPad, earbuds, graphing calculators, a pizza party for a winner and 10 Foothill friends, and other items. 

Come network and get ready for STEM at Foothill!

No RSVP needed - just show up!

Departments that will be represented:

    • Astronomy
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Computer Science
    • Engineering
    • Math
    • Physics
    • the STEM Division
    • the STEM Center
    • the Science Learning Institute

Community College in Hindsight Panel

Thursday, May 26, 2022 - 11:30am - 1pm

Foothill College, Room 4605, PSEC Quad

Hear from a panel of Ph.D. students about their path from community college to a research institution.

Earth Day Event


Dimensions of Restorative Action

Organized by Foothill's Science Learning Institute in partnership with NASA-AMES

Friday, April 22, 2022, 1pm - 4pm

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Find out more on the Earth Day Canvas page


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