Student Interactions with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (SISTEM)

The Student Interactions with STEM (SISTEM) program is a series of talks and activities open to all high school students in Southern Nevada.


Our goal as a program is to “increase awareness and excitement about the STEM disciplines as a whole” through a diverse set of talks and activities led by STEM professionals.”

Keep informed of future SISTEM opportunities by joining the SISTEM email listserve.

Find additional resources and programs in STEM education.

Spring 2023 Series

WHAT:  SISTEM is a series of talks and activities that gives high school students the opportunity to learn about various STEM careers and research. The program is free for students.

WHO:  This is a unique opportunity open to all high school students who already have an interest in STEM careers or would just like to learn more about careers in STEM.

HOW:  In order to apply for SISTEM, applicant must be a high school student in Southern Nevada. Students should be committed to attending all the sessions.

The application period opens Friday, January 20th, 2023. Applications will be accepted until Friday, February 3rd, 2023. If accepted into the SISTEM program for Spring 2023, students will be notified by Sunday, February 5th, 2023. For your application to be considered complete, please mail in your Parent Agreement form and Risk/Release of Liability Agreement form via USPS and postmarked by the application deadline. You can also scan and email your documents to the SISTEM program manager, Yanai Avila, at so long as it is by the deadline.

If you are unable to complete the application on time, please reach out to the SISTEM Program Manager.”

WHY:  Not only will you get valuable hands-on experience in a variety of different STEM fields, your name will also be put into a raffle for a prize. Even if you do not win a raffle prize, you will not be going home empty-handed. You will receive UNLV SWAG for just being a part of this incredible program.

WHERE: The Spring 2023 series will take place in the Science and Engineering Building (SEB) at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus. A live virtual option will also be offered simultaneously.

If you have any further questions, please contact the SISTEM Program Manager via email at or phone at (702) 680-5271 OR the SISTEM Director via email at or phone (702) 895-2693. You may also refer to the FAQs.

Complete the above online application form AND please send both the Parent Agreement Form and the Risk/Release of Liability Agreement Form through EITHER email or USPS postmarked mail by Friday, February 3rd, 2023. If sent by email, the completed forms should be scanned and sent to the program manager, Yanai Avila at If by postmarked mail, to this address:

c/o Dr. Erica Marti
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
4505 S Maryland Parkway
MS 4015
Las Vegas, NV 89154


Q:  What is STEM?
A:  STEM is an acronym that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Q:  Is there a fee in order to participate in the SISTEM program?
A: No, there is no fee. The program is funded by Nevada National Security Site and the UNLV College of Engineering. The program has received past support from the National Science Foundation.

Q:  Can I put my participation with the SISTEM program on my academic resume?
A:  Yes, you can.

Q:  Am I required to attend each of the sessions of the SISTEM program?
A:  Students must attend all 5 sessions to receive the certificate of completion.

Q: Will my child’s dietary preferences be accommodated? 

A: Yes, your child’s dietary preferences can be accommodated so long as it is indicated on the online application prior to program admittance. I understand that failure to do so will result in the inability to cater to their restrictions during the program.

Q: Are students outside of Southern Nevada eligible to participate?A: Yes. Students who are not close enough to attend in person may sign up to participate in the live virtual session. Please select this option within the online registration form.