Student Calendar: Events in Science 

Below is a calendar of events for Spring 2024, updated weekly. This listing is appropriate for students; for a listing appropriate to faculty, staff, and post-docs please click this link.

When and Where


February 3, 12:30pm

Hybrid event

Gordon Career Center

Zoom Link

Research-a-Palooza 2024 (click for more info)

12:30-1:30pm Panel and Q&A (zoom, broadcast at the Gordon Career Center)

2:00-4:00pm Presentations and Networking (Gordon Career Center)

February 7, 4:15pm

Exley 413

Join WesWIS for a lab tour of Dr. Racquel Bryant’s lab, studying the ancient intervals of global warming by investigating fossils.

February 8, 4:30pm

Woodhead Lounge

Annual WesWIS TRIVIA!!! Join us in Woodhead Lounge in Exley on Thursday, February 8 at 4:30 pm to play some science-themed trivia and win some fun prizes (We heard a rumor that there are tote bags!) All genders, majors, and identities are welcome to attend!  

February 13, 4:30pm

Van Vleck Observatory Library 


Join WesWIS for cookie decorating! Tuesday, February 13th, 4:30pm at the VVO Library. 

February 19, 4:30pm

Exley Science Center 58

Elizabeth Chang-Davidson, Northeastern University

"Successful Build Strategies in Large-Scale Metal Additive Manufacturing: Addressing Geometric Error, Heat Buildup, and Residual Stresses"

College of Design and Engineering Studies Candidate

February 22, 12:00pm

Woodhead Lounge

CIS Open House for new and prospective majors

Majoring in science or math? Interested in research? Learn how the CIS linked-major can accelerate your goals. Lunch provided!

February 22, 4:30pm

Exley Science Center 58

Xiangyi Cheng, Ohio Northern University

"Empowering Healthcare and Education Through AI-Enhanced Intelligent Systems"

College of Design and Engineering Studies Candidate

February 23, 12:00pm

Digital Design Studio, CFA

CoDES Open House for new and prospective majors

Learn about the IDEAS linked-major, minor, and the Dartmouth dual degree program in Engineering. Lunch provided!

February 27, 4:30pm

 Van Vleck Observatory (VVO) library

Faculty Failure Panel, Tuesday February 27th from 4:30pm at the Van Vleck Observatory (VVO) library.  Featuring Karen Collins, Renee Sher, Meredith Hughes

February 28, 4:30 

The Wasch Center (51 Lawn Avenue)

The Wasch Center for Retired Faculty is pleased to invite you to the first in our Wednesday afternoon lecture series: on Wednesday, February 28 at 4:30, Amrita Sanyal will speak about the work she has done on the under-representation of women in STEM fields. A recent recipient of the Ph.D. from Purdue, Amrita is Visiting Assistant Professor in Wesleyan’s Economics Department. In graduate school she studied the ways in which the 2009 “Race to the Top” program and the adoption of common K-12 programs affected U.S. students’ high-school and post-secondary performance and their eventual career choices. As an economist, she seeks to understand and address the gender gap in STEM fields and the resulting disparities in earning power.


All are welcome to attend, and refreshments will be served. The Wasch Center is located at 51 Lawn Avenue.


March 6, 5:00pm

PAC 100


Have you ever wondered who’s in charge of outer space? For example,

  • Are nations allowed to own land on the moon?
  • Are corporations allowed to own the materials they mine?
  • How do we prevent conflict between competing interests in space?
  • What are we going to do about the snowballing mass of garbage careening in low-Earth orbit?

We are delighted to report that the world’s most exciting space lawyeris coming to campus to answer all your questions.

SPACE LAW 101: Timiebi Aganaba in Conversation with Martha Gilmore and Mary-Jane Rubenstein, March 6, 5:00 p.m., PAC 100

April 2, 4:30pm

Exley 150 

Animal Studies Movie Night with Dr. Powzyk: Jane Goodall Documentary

We’re kicking off the second half of the semester with our Animal Studies Movie Night this Tuesday, 4/2 at 4:30 PM in Tischler (Exley 150)! We’re super excited to be streaming the Jane Goodall Documentary, featuring Jane Goodall’s work, and hosting a Q&A with Primate Biologist and Professor Joyce Powzyk! The Q&A will start after the film, closer to 6 PM. 

Popcorn will be provided! All majors and genders are welcome to attend. 

April 5, 12:00pm

Allbritton 304 


 Join WesWIS for our semester peer-mentoring lunch, where underclassmen can ask upperclassmen about classes, majors, and getting involved with research this Friday, April 5th at 12pm in Allbritton 304!  Free pizza and drinks provided! We look forward to seeing you all there!

April 5, 1:00-3:30pm

College of Design and Engineering Studies Portfolio Showcase

April 8, 2:30-4:30pm

Van Vleck Observatory

View the Solar Eclipse with us -- eclipse glasses distributed at event.

Location: Van Vleck Observatory, 96 Foss Hill Drive, Middletown, CT 06459

Time: 2:30-4:30PM, maximum viewing 3:27PM

Google Form registration

Can't make the event but still want to view the eclipse safely? Eye Safety Eclipse Viewers

Amato's Middletown has Eclipse Glasses!

April 11, 6:00pm

Gordon Career Center

Alumni Career Panel

Join WesWIS for the Alumni Career Panel on Thursday, April 11th at 6pm in the Gordon Career Center (GCC)! This panel is a great opportunity to meet Wesleyan alumni and hear about their experiences. Our panelists will be sharing advice and expertise applicable to undergrads and post-grads. 

We will also be providing dinner and this event is open to all genders & majors!



April 19, 2:00-3:30pm

Exley Lobby

CIS Celebration of Science, Friday, April 19, 2:00-3:30pm

Join the College of Integrative Sciences in the Exley Science Center lobby for a poster session and reception featuring thesis students and prize winners from the Research in Science summer program. CIS facilitates undergraduate student research for all NSM departments and related programs across campus. Remarks at 3:00pm.


April 19, 7:00-10:00pm

Van Vleck Observatory

The Astronomy Department is holding their Night Sky Celebration this Friday 7-10PM at the observatory! Join astronomers for a celebration of dark skies, planetarium shows and mini-talks, and snacks! Don’t let the Milky Way go extinct!