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STEM Education Research Center

College of Science

Pathway from K-12 to post high school degrees


High School Concurrent Enrollment

SIU's High School Concurrent Enrollment program permits high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors to enroll at SIU for regular college credit. The application procedure is similar to that required for SIU freshmen. Submit a completed undergraduate admission application and a copy of your official high school transcript. Applicants must have achieved a B grade point average in high school and have a letter of recommendation from their high school principal. Test scores are not required. The University courses to be taken in this program should be in subject areas in which a high school does not offer courses or in subject areas in which the student has completed all of the courses the high school can offer.

Public Astronomy Observations

On clear nights you can see the rings of Saturn! The SIU Physics Department holds several night sky observations per year on the observation deck of the Neckers building. Special daytime solar and other astronomical events may also be observed either on campus, of the telescopes may be brought to you!

For contact information and observation dates, please click here.

STEM Summer Camps

Continuing Education and Outreach coordinates STEM-inspired summer camps for Middle and High School students in architecture, aviation, engineering, mathematics and science, together with Lego Engineering camps for K-5 students.

Academic summer camps.

Touch of Nature Environmental Education

Touch of Nature, located eight miles southeast of the SIU Campus, is a 3,100 acre facility bordered by a 700 acre lake, Giant City State Park, the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Reguge and the Shawnee National Forest, providing over 300,000 acres of public lands for observation and study.

Programs are offered to meet the specific needs of interested groups of all ages and include natural resource education, water and land management, and the complexities of the human relationship to the environmant. For more information, please go to Touch of Nature's website.