Minot State University has more than 60 active student clubs and organizations to pick from. It has a wide variety between athletic clubs, social clubs, and academic clubs. What many students don’t know is that there are seven different science clubs alone on campus. Not only do these clubs help students better their knowledge in that field, they also help out within the community.
“Science Club helps to promote science in the Minot area by hosting events on campus to get the younger generation interested in science,” Haley Hildenbrand a junior professional chemistry major at Minot State, said.
Hildenbrand is involved in Science Club and the American Chemical Society Club on campus. She joined Science Club as a freshman and started ACS club this year as a junior. She feels both clubs better her academically.
“I thought it would be a great way for me to meet people that have a similar major as me. It’s really fun to be a part of and is a wonderful way to learn outside the classroom,” Hildenbrand said.
Providing Animal Wellness and Science and Beta Gamma Phi Science Club are other science clubs on campus that are more specific than science club and ACS club. Professor Naomi Winburn, a chemistry instructor, helps run both of those clubs.
“I am faculty advisor for PAWS, started by Taylor Jundt and Ester Rodriguez for students wanting to go into animal sciences. I am also co-faculty advisor with Dr. Crackel for Beta Gamma Phi Science Club,” Winburn said.
Joining any club is a great way to meet new people, but with science clubs, they are especially helpful to students planning to be or are in the science department. They host many events within the community and even some on campus events for students.
“Science Club focuses its energy on community outreach and takes demonstrations to the local schools, mall, Girl Scouts, and STEM groups as well as holding an annual open house where all of the area third through sixth grade classes are invited to visit MSU and see room science presentations that they can filter through as well as attend a magic show that is presented hourly throughout the day,” Winburn said.
Depending on the science club they either meet monthly or weekly. Those interested in joining any clubs should go to the Minot State University website to find contact information for each club, or contact Professor Winburn at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on a science club.