At SIU, we know that the path to success starts before students get to college. We know they gain the basic knowledge in primary school, develop passion as they continue their education, and become experts at the university. Thus, in order to ensure that every curious student has access to information that inspires them, the College of Science at SIU has a number of outreach programs.
The Illinois Junior Science & Humanities Symposium (IJSHS) is a regional competition conducted under the auspices of the national Junior Science & Humanities Symposia Program. The primary aims of IJSHS are to promote research and experimentation in the sciences, engineering, and mathematics at the high school level, and to publicly recognize students for outstanding achievement and effort.
Illinois Junior Academy of Science has the interest of the science student at heart. It is an organization that exists solely for the benefit of students. It gives to students who will not necessarily become a science specialist some insight into the problems and methods of thinking that are particular to the scientist but applicable to other occupations, information concerning new investigations and discoveries in science, and an understanding of the science-produced equipment used.
Physics' Public Astronomy Observations
The SIUC Physics Department hosts several free public observations a year on our observation deck on top of the Neckers building. Most observations are on evenings when light pollution on campus is at a minimum. We typically observe bright sky objects such as the Moon, major planets, star clusters, nebula and some deep sky objects such as the Andromeda Galaxy.
Each Spring, the Mathematics Department sponsors a mathematics contest, called Math Field Day, for regional high school students. Each student takes the same two hour exam on topics from beginning algebra and geometry through trigonometry and college algebra with a smattering of questions from beginning calculus, finite mathematics, and maybe a few unclassifiable 'clever thinking' problems. At the end of the day, trophies are awarded to the schools with the best performing students.
To serve the regional community, the Department of Computer Science initiated an annual Computer Science Day (CS Day) presented each spring semester since 2005. On this day, the faculty of the department offer several different workshops and a web development competition for high school students. The web development competition has student teams design a website following certain parameters. Each participating school may enter one to three teams consisting of three to five students per team.
Southern Illinois Partnership for Achievement in Math and Science (SIPAMS)
The program aims to increase elementary and middle school teachers' mathematics and science content and teaching knowledge. Frackson Mumba, an associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Lingguo Bu, an assistant professor in curriculum and instruction, Mary Wright, a professor and distinguished teacher in the Department of Mathematics, and Harvey Henson lead the SIPAMS program.