Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Student Clubs

The list below is a partial list of clubs that connect to STEAM disciplines at PC.

Student clubs are a wonderful way to meet others who share similar interests as you. Contact a club advisor to learn more.

A complete list of all student clubs at PC can be found at the link below.

Student Life & Leadership Website

PC STEAM & Ursa Majors Club
Description: To provides opportunities for students to explore science and its applications. Emphasis is placed on academic and personal achievement, social interaction, community service, and career investigation.

Meetings: Thursdays 2:30-3:30pm
Location: C316  (C Building, Room 316)
Club Advisors: Robin Cotter, Abeer Hamdan, Joe Drosendahl

PC Robotics Club 
Description:  A group of people who enjoy building things and learning about how they work. We also create, program, run robots and robotic devices. If this sounds interesting to you, you belong in our group. The Phoenix College Robotics club aim is to spread awareness and raise interest within our school and our community about robotics and robotic competitions. Club members will work with educators and other clubs to earn valuable life experience with robotics, technology and science.
Meetings: Tuesdays/Thursdays 1:30pm – 4:00pm
Location: B-Building, 3rd floor, Room 302
Club Advisor:  Joshua James

PC Acapella Club
Description: To have a club on campus for those who want to sing A Capella music. The aim of the club is to perform A Capella music.
Meetings: Wednesdays 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: Sessions Music Hall
Club Advisor: Kenny Miller

PC American Choral Directors Association
Description: To provide a space and group for those who wish to learn more about Choral music and teaching Choral Music.
Meetings: 2nd & 4th Tuesday of Month 3:00pm-4:00pm
Location: M102
Club Advisor:
Kenny Miller

PC Bears' Astronomy, Space Science & Engineering (BASSE) Club
Description: The Bears' Astronomy, Space Science & Engineering Club's purpose is to challenge and enhance the academic experience of STEM career-minded students. To provide also avenues of open inquiry in a focused direction aimed at furthering the development of interest in space science and engineering. Finally, BASSE will provide the Phoenix College campus with regularly scheduled observing sessions open to students and their families.
Meetings: TBD
Location: TBD
Club Advisors:  Eddie Ong, James Peterson

PC John Paul Theatre Troupe
Description: To promote interest in theatre at Phoenix College, while also providing educational, social and networking experiences for its members.
Meetings: Mondays 2:00-3:00pm & Fridays 1:00-2:00pm
Location: T101
Club Advisors: Dr. Christian Marin, Anthony Brinkley

Monday, November 23, 2020

STEAMTalk Podcasts

Episode 1


Guest: Nichole Spencer

Nichole has taught science and mathematics for 8 years at Title-I schools in the Phoenix area, and was recently recognized as the top-ten 2018 Arizona Teachers of the Year for her commitment to excellence in teaching. Nichole has since transitioned to a position with Phoenix College as the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) Coordinator, in which her primary work is to support students and faculty in the STEAM disciplines.

Nichole has won many awards for her work on STEAM education. In this two part episode, we discuss the state of STEAM education in Arizona and the country more broadly, what works, what doesn’t and what can change. Importantly, Nichole provides actionable steps for teachers, parents, students, and community members interested in improving STEAM education.

Part 1


Part 2


Episode 2


Guest: Mario Villalobos

Mario Villalobos works at ELEC Chile Group in Santiago, Chile as an Electrical and Civil Engineer working in sustainability. He introduced a new large-scale project throughout Chile in LED lighting with special modifications to optimize efficiency and reduce materials cost. This successful program has expanded to other South American countries. His career has taken him all over the globe, speaking fluent Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese and English while inspiring innovation in his area. Mario earned two degrees in Electrical and Civil/Electrical Engineering from the Universidad de Santa Maria and the Universidad de Santiago de Chile respectively. He also received an award for the Improvement of Lighting Efficiency from the Engineering department.


Episode 3


Guest: Jay Hardin

Jay Hardin is an interdisciplinary artist and college instructor. His body of work includes paintings, drawings, collages, digital media, sound, and performance. The common thread throughout all of his work is that it is process-driven and often utilizes unconventional techniques involving body movement and dance to create his abstract rhythmic forms and sounds. Hardin is originally from Little Rock, Arkansas. He received his BFA in painting from the University of Arizona and his Masters in Fine Arts in drawing from Arizona State University. He currently lives and works in Phoenix, Arizona, and teaches drawing at Phoenix College.

In this episode, Jay discusses the path to making a living as an artist, the choices surrounding art degrees and their value, the appeal of collaborative art, and the inspirations and innovations that have shaped his art.


Sunday, July 21, 2019

PC STEAM Day 2019

Thursday, November 7 at Phoenix College - Main Campus

Come celebrate National STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) day with us.  You are invited!

This event is free and welcomes current and future students, their families, community members, alumni, faculty, industry and community partners. 

There are several interactive activities throughout the day celebrating the STEAM fields. We highlight STEAM Careers and STEAM programs, research, internship opportunities, and other exciting events all happening at Phoenix College.

This will be a fun and engaging event! We're excited to share a sneak peak of the guest presenters lined up for PC STEAM Day. If you are a faculty member, please encourage your students to attend these amazing talks and presentations.

See who's presenting - click here

PC STEAM Day will be held outside in Freshman Square and nearby buildings.  Nearby parking is available in the West and North Parking lots. Parking is free.

Map and Parking Information - click here

Are you an industry partner who would like to present? Or would you like come out and recruit for your department, program, organization, or campus club? If you would like to host a table to share about your courses or your program, or if you would like give a presentation, please follow the link below.

Applications close Thursday, October 17.

Click here to Present or Host a Table

Some of our featured guests and activities currently include:

  • NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassadors
  • AZ Department of Environmental Quality
  • AZ Department of Public Safety and Crime Lab
  • AZ Game & Fish Department
  • Arizona State UniversityAudubon
  • Wild at Heart Raptor Rescue
  • Arizona Science Center
  • Flood Control District of Maricopa County
  • Tours of the PC Forensics Lab and Cadaver Lab
  • Computer and Information Technology Field of Interest
  • Arizona Center for Nature Conservation
  • Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources
  • University of Arizona STEM Learning Center
  • Arizona Department of Health Services

We need your help to make this a success, especially between the times 9 am to 8 pm.  If you are a Phoenix College student, faculty member, staff member, administer, or alumni, we need volunteers to help out with the day's activities.

Volunteer Sign Up - click here

If you are curious about the STEAM fields or know of someone who might be interested, stop by and join us!

Date: Thursday, November 7, 2019
Event Times: 9 am to 8 pm
       Featured Events: 10 am - 1pm
                                     5 pm - 8 pm

Location: Phoenix College Main Campus: Freshman Square, Bulpitt Auditorium, various nearby labs and classrooms

Frank Marfai, Jamison Weddle, Maggie McGraw, Nichole Spencer

For inquiries about this event, please contact us .

View PC STEAM Day Event Flyer

Sponsored by the PC STEAM committee & STEM- CURE

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Internship Opportunity: NASA's Psyche Inspired Initiative for Students

Would you like to participate in an internship connected to NASA space missions?  The NASA Psyche Internship is a perfect opportunity for you! 

Psyche is both the name of an asteroid orbiting the Sun between Mars and Jupiter — and the name of a NASA space mission to visit it, lead by Arizona State University.  This mission will take a spacecraft to a previously unexplored type of world composed entirely of metal.

What is NASA's Psyche Inspired Initiative?

Psyche Inspired is a program that brings undergraduates together to share the excitement, innovation, and scientific and engineering content of NASA’s Psyche mission with the public through artistic and creative works. Full-time, enrolled undergraduate students from the universities and community colleges in the United States and its territories can apply to become part of this year’s cohort of creative interns.

Me, Really?  But I Don't Have The Academic Background....

Do you enjoy doing creative things?  Then yes - you!  NASA Psyche Inspired interns come from a variety of backgrounds and majors - you don't need to be an art or a science major.  Last year, a Phoenix College student applied to this competitive internship and became a member of the Psyche Inspired cohort (Iron class).  To learn more about last year's team of interns, click here.


Did you notice the artwork at the top of this post?  It was created by Brenton Chase, last year's Psyche Inspired intern from Phoenix College.

What are the benefits of being a Psyche Inspired intern?

Psyche Inspired interns will be supplied with a stipend of $250 per intern to purchase materials needed to create their works (art supplies, computer software, crafting materials, etc.)
Psyche Inspired interns will have their work highlighted on the official Psyche mission website, blog, and/or social media accounts at least once per project.
Psyche Inspired interns will have their work exhibited in an online showcase with distributed campus participation in late spring 2020.
Psyche Inspired interns will have their work showcased in a printed coffee table book and receive a copy of the book.
Psyche Inspired interns will have their work archived in an online portfolio.
Psyche Inspired interns may have their work presented and highlighted in Psyche presentations and exhibited at conferences, libraries, Psyche partner universities, NASA Centers, and at public events.

To learn more about Psyche Inspired and this opportunity, visit:

Deadline to apply: 
August 9, 2019 at 1 pm
Contact: Nichole Spencer, Robin Cotter, Frank Marfai

Saturday, June 1, 2019


Building upon our prior work with undergraduate research at Phoenix College and working in collaboration with our university (Arizona State University), industry (Banner Health), government (USDA) and community partners (City of Surprise Water Resource Management Plant), the STEM-CURE grant will evaluate how models for Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs) can be adapted, implemented, supported, and assessed at two-year HSIs.

Funding Agency:
National Science Foundation

Grant No:

Robin Cotter
Elena Ortiz
Anna Marti-Subirana

MCCCD STEM-CURE (under construction)

Contact the grant team 


The NSF Funded Transfer to Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences (TRAIN) Program is a partnership with Phoenix CollegeGlendale Community CollegeSouth Mountain Community College, and Arizona State University’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the West Campus. This S-STEM Scholarship program is intended for students who are interested in majoring in the STEM disciplines funded by the program (see website for more information). This program will provide scholarship assistance of up to $5,000/semester and can be renewed (through a re-application process) for up to 8 semesters (4 at community college, 4 at ASU NCIAS) for a total of up to $40,000 in scholarship funds. In addition to financial assistance, this program will provide access to mentorship and project or internship experiences.

Funding Agency: 
National Science Foundation

Grant No:

Amanda Chapman
Janene Armstrong

S-STEM/TRAIN Scholarship Program website