‘Speed-Dating Style’ STEM Slam is a Twist on the Traditional Career Fair

What: Wake Forest is hosting its first STEM Slam, a unique career-networking event for companies and students in the fields of science, technology, engineering, math and health-related fields. The ‘speed dating’ format addresses the challenge of matching companies that may not have a lot of STEM-related jobs open on a regular basis, and when they do have jobs, may not have a chance to meet student prospects.

Format: The STEM Slam will bring 15-20 companies together with STEM-oriented students for one whirlwind evening to get acquainted. Companies will give one-minute descriptions of themselves, then, in a twist on the traditional career fair, the students divide into smaller groups, and the companies rotate among the students. Groups of four companies spend a total of 20 minutes in each room. Students are encouraged to stay in touch with the companies after the event.

Who: Students in both STEM and non-STEM majors who are interested in working in STEM fields will be attending. The companies include several who do not normally attend the regular career fairs at Wake Forest.

Special speaker: Joseph Sciarrino (’12), who rejected a normal business career path to follow his passion for entrepreneurship, will be speaking. After a successful student career in which he created his own technology company, Sciarrino turned down a wealth-management job to learn sales selling home security systems. He then landed a sales job with a San Francisco-based cloud computing enterprise. Sciarrino will speak to the students via Skype.

When: Tuesday, Feb. 24, 6-8:30 p.m.

Where: Broyhill Auditorium and nearby meeting rooms in Farrell Hall on the Reynolda Campus. Use Polo Road entrance. Parking in lot behind Farrell.

About Wake Forest University
Wake Forest University combines the best traditions of a small liberal arts college with the resources of a large research university. Founded in 1834, the school is located in Winston-Salem, N.C. The University’s graduate school of arts and sciences, divinity school, and nationally ranked schools of law, medicine and business enrich our intellectual environment. Learn more about Wake Forest University at www.wfu.edu.

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