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 lead by STEM professionals.

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

What is SISTEM?

Fall 2017 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 a Southern Nevada. Students should be committed to attending all the sessions.

The application period for Fall 2017 will open August 16, 2017, and applications will be accepted until September 8, 2017. If accepted into the SISTEM program for Fall 2017, students will be notified by September 16. If not accepted, students will have the opportunity to apply again for future sessions. For your application to be considered complete, please mail in your Parent Agreement form and Liability form via USPS and postmarked by the application deadline.

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 series will be held in the Science and Engineering Building on the UNLV campus. (4505 S Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89154) Transportation is the responsibility of the student. If you need assistance with transportation, please contact the SISTEM project manager.

If you have any further questions, please contact the SISTEM project manager via email at or the SISTEM coordinator via email at or phone (702) 895-2693, or refer to the FAQs.

Complete the above online application form AND please send both the Parent Agreement Form and the Liability Form through USPS postmarked by September 8, 2017 to:

c/o Rosangela Wacaser
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Center for Energy Research
Box 454027
4505 S Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154-4027


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. This program is funded by an ESPCoR grant 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 Certification of Completion.

Q:  Will there be food at each session?
A:  Yes.

Q:  Can parents stay for the talks?
A:  Yes, parents may stay and listen to the talks, provided that they complete a Photo/Video Release form. Dinner will only be provided for the students in the program.

Q:  Will any of the STEM presenters be medical professionals?
A:  No. This program is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and medical sciences are not NSF-funded fields. However, SISTEM presenters may be involved in biological and chemical research that has a direct application to the medical field, such as research on preventing bacterial diseases, developing drugs for cancer therapy, understanding genes that affect obesity and understanding cancer cell division.