Kicking off fall 2020, the iSTEM – interdisciplinary Seaver Transition, Engagement and Mentoring – learning community dives right into the heart of why LMU’s Seaver College of Science and Engineering exists. The concept of interdisciplinary collaboration, how two or more academic fields converge to solve a problem and innovate new ideas, is foundational to our college and at the core of iSTEM. Through interdisciplinary collaboration, we provide our students with an education of sufficient scope to enable them to make significant contributions to the solutions of problems confronting humankind. This community is designed for first year students majoring in science, engineering, or mathematics. All first-year students will automatically be a part of the iSTEM community and invited to college-wide events. There are no additional costs associated with this program.

iSTEM activities are designed to help students make sense of their academic experiences through discussion and reflection to gain a greater awareness of the interconnectedness of the STEM fields and the university. Focus is on the interdisciplinary approaches to global challenges, exposure to real-world applications based on the scholarship of LMU faculty and community building among science and engineering peers.

Dowload an iSTEM Digital Primer here.  





    • Demian Willette, Biology
    • Emily Jarvis, Chemistry
    • Joseph Weber, Civil Engineering
    • Jordan Freitas, Computer Science
    • Hossein Asghari, Electrical Engineering
    • Lambert Doezema, Environmental Science
    • Christopher Cappelli, Health and Human Sciences
    • Anna Bargagliotti, Mathematics
    • Emin Issakhanian, Mechanical Engineering
    • Dave Berube, Physics
    • Jeremy McCallum, iSTEM Faculty Affiliate
    • Sandra Luca, SCSE Dean’s Office
    • Karen Valencia, SCSE Dean’s Office
    • iSTEM Student Liaisons 
    BIOL 190 Freshman Biology Seminar
    CHEM 190 World of Chemistry and Biochemistry
    HHSC 190 Medical Terminology and Seminar
    MATH 190 Workshop in Math I
    ENGR 100 Intro to Engineering Analysis
    PHYS 195 Waves and Light
    SCEM 198 Exploring Computer Science
    ENVS   First Year Program Meeting(s)
  • This monthly speaker series is a fun way to meet Seaver faculty and learn about their research and scholarship through very quick presentations and thematic discussions that are uniquely LMU.

    • Los Angeles as a Laboratory (Video)
      Lambert Doezema and Demian Willette
      Thursday, September 17
      5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
    • Innovations in Clean Technology and Sustainability
      Emin Issakhanian and Emily Jarvis
      Thursday, October 22
      5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
    • Value of Jesuit Education for STEM
      Jordan Freitas and Joseph Weber
      Thursday, November 19
      5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Seaver Spotlight is the college’s signature speaker series that features distinguished leaders who share their experiences and career pathway as they seek to live a life of meaning and purpose.

    • Innovation in the Time of Covid-19
      Wednesday, Oct 7
      5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • The Martian 
    Thursday, September 10
    Event begins at 5:30 p.m.

    Information on how to register for the Lightning Talks, Seaver Spotlight, and movie night will be shared in your classes!

    • Biz+STEM: Networking Events
      Tuesday, September 15
      10:00 – 11:30 a.m. and
      4 – 5:30 p.m.
      An opportunity for Seaver students, business students and recent graduates to explore potential career pathways, expand their network, and hear from alumni.
    • Biz+STEM: Virtual Career Fair
      Thursday, September 17
      10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
      Through Handshake, ambitious Lions connect with employers in the STEM and business industries. Previous registrants have included Tesla, AT&T, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), Enterprise and more.


"What I’ve gotten from LMU is a sense of community and family. It’s not just about learning in the classroom. It’s about how are you growing and learning as a person."

- Alicia Esquival

Civil Engineering Major



"I really identify with the idea of educating the whole person. If I just concentrated on academics, I’d feel like I cheated myself out of so much."

- Nicholas Breceda

Mechanical Engineering Major