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STEM Events

Collegewide events relating to science, technology, engineering, and math.

Upcoming Events

The Galaxy in Your Backyard

Date and time: Thursday, March 31, 2022, 5:00 p.m.
Location: Zoomnew window
Speaker: Dr. Peter Vos, Montgomery College, Germantown, MD

You probably don't think there is much to see in the night sky over Rockville. Maybe the Moon shows up every now and then. On rare occasions a planet hovers in the sky like an airplane that isn't moving. If that's your idea of the night sky, prepare to be amazed at the jaw-dropping celestial lightshow of planets, nebulae and galaxies hovering over your head. Here's the mind-blowing part: Using a few modest tools that are readily available, you can enjoy this spectacle yourself in your own neighborhood! We'll start with the Moon, and then head out far beyond anywhere you imagined you could go.

Peter Vos is an adjunct professor of Biology on the Germantown campus. His enthusiasm for astronomy stretches back to his childhood. It's what got him interested in science in the first place. Another passion dating back to his youth is photography. Over the last couple of years, he has been busy merging these two passions and exploring astrophotography. He began hoping to observe planets that are millions of miles away. He was stunned to discover how easily he could see galaxies that are millions of light years away.

This lecture is intended to inspire individuals interested in science to consider nontraditional and alternative career paths. View the flyer to learn more (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

As always, Spectrum Lectures are appropriate for a general audience and admission is free. No tickets are required. For questions or to request accommodations for physical disability, please contact Rick Pires at or 240-567-7798.


Past Events

New STEM Student Welcome 

August 28, 2021 at 10 a.m.

This virtual event was for all new STEM majors. Students were introduced to the VP and Provost, Deans, and Chairs from the STEM unit and heard from current students. 

Point of Contact: Nicole Given

Download documents:

STEM Welcome PowerPoint (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) , STEM Student Resources (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)