Slesnick Symposium

Irwin Slesnick showing flower parts to a child


The late Dr. Slesnick retired in 1996 after a 33-year career on Western's College of Sciences and Technology biology faculty. During his 33 years in the biology department, he profoundly impacted thousands of students and future science teachers. His vision and tireless advocacy for improving science education played a critical role in gaining approval for constructing the Science Education Building and influenced its unique design. Slesnick was instrumental in the establishment of the current SMATE program housed in the building that continues the work he started. The annual Irwin L. Slesnick STEM Education Symposium is a tribute to his memory.

Upcoming Symposium

Unfortunately the 2020 Slesnick Symposium was cancelled due to the Coronovirus pandemic.  We are hopeful that we will be able to host a Symposium in May of 2021.  We will have more information as 2021 draws nearer.

Past Symposia

The Irwin L. Slesnick STEM Education Symposium was begun in 2014.  Each year's speakers and workshops have been recorded and are available on the Past Symposia page.