STEM, science, technology, engineering, mathematics.

What is STEM?

What does STEM stand for?

 STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. 

Our Mission

The mission of the STEM Education Coalition is to inform federal and state policymakers on the critical role that science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education plays in U.S. competitiveness and future economic prosperity. If you want to know more about STEM.


Coursework for the completion of an associate degree in physical or biological sciences and their related subdisciplines at ECTC is guaranteed to be transferrable to all public colleges and university in the state of Kentucky. It is likely that these courses transfer to out of state institutions. Completion of an associate degree in sciences greatly enhance one’s pursuit of a bachelor or higher degree in the following disciplines: physics, chemistry, mathematics, statistics, computer science, earth sciences, environmental sciences, engineering, biology, nursing, physical therapy, and other medical fields Completion of an associate degree at ECTC provides high quality education at a low tuition coast. With its small class sizes and readily available faculty, the college offers more convenient and valuable science education opportunities than do other alternatives. 

Transfer Opportunities

Here are links to the major colleges and universities where most ECTC students attend to complete their education. 

If you’re interested in a particular department/major, you can search for it on that college/university link. If you did not find what you want, contact the page administrator given at the bottom of the page.  

STEM Lecture 2015

Mary Jo King, (270) 706-9530
January 12, 2015

Renowned Science Author and Storyteller to Make Special Presentation at ECTC January 27

STEM 2015Elizabethtown Community and Technical College is continuing its LEAF-STEM series of lectures and activities with a public presentation by renowned author, science historian and philosopher Laura Snyder. The event will be held on Tuesday, January 27 at 6 p.m. in Room 212 of the Regional Postsecondary Center on the college’s campus. It is free and open to the public. LEAF-STEM is an ECTC science and math initiative designed to enhance awareness through “Lectures & Exploration Activities for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.”

Laura Snyder combines science, philosophy and history to entertain, educate and inspire her audiences with a unique perspective on the impact of science on every aspect of society and culture. Her ECTC talk, entitled “The Philosophical Breakfast Club and the Invention of the Modern Scientist,” will examine how four young scientists conspired together in the early 19th century to bring about a scientific revolution which transformed science into the form that we know it today. It is sure to be a fascinating evening of scientific storytelling for anyone interested in science or history.
ECTC students and area high school students will also have the opportunity to hear from Snyder at special sessions on Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning.
Snyder is the author of “The Philosophical Breakfast Club” and the soon-to-be-released “Eye of the Beholder,” among others. She is also known for her TED talks about science and society.
Earlier this year, ECTC hosted a talk by one of its distinguished alumni, Plazi Ricklin, a project manager for eSolar, who is heavily involved in research and development of solar power as a replacement technology for fossil fuels. Other events will be planned for later in the year.
The LEAF-STEM Series began last year as a way to encourage students to explore careers in the STEM fields. Past speakers and events included astronaut Story Musgrave; Dr. Len Peters, Kentucky Secretary of Energy and Environment; University of Louisville’s Dr. Christopher States, who discussed biomedical research; Dr. Ernie Hiatt from Kentucky Bioprocessing, the company researching Ebola vaccines; an astronomy “Evening with the Stars”; and Pi Day to celebrate the mathematical constant of Pi. 

For more information about this event, or other LEAF-STEM activities, contact Paul Sturgeon at or phone (270) 706-8639.

Local STEM activities


Student presentation

ECTC BIO 205 Student Research: Three students enrolled in BIO 205 (Honors Biology: Structure and Function of Biological Molecules), undertook a semester-long research project in environmental microbiology. The focus of their research was to isolate a microbe that, if present in large quantities, can cause food poisoning. Cheyenne Morgan, John Singletary, and Ashley Register (left to right) (link to pic) homogenized leafy greens—mustard, kale, and turnip—and grew Bacillus cereus bacteria from them. It is not unusual for vegetables to be contaminated with this soil microbe, and the levels of contamination were determined to be safe. After confirming the identity of their isolated bacteria, the students discovered that all isolates shared resistance to the antibiotic penicillin due to production of -Lactamase enzyme. Students enrolling in future sections of this course will continue to explore the distribution of penicillin-resistant B. cereus in other environmental sites, including the guts of insects. Sent by Professor Martha Wolfe
A student brought in this interesting specimen. Martha Wolfe identified it (hopefully correctly) as Bipalium kewense (scientific name) and land planarian (common name). Martha Wolf and others named it Buddy. Unfortunately Buddy escaped his container one night, and we found him/her the next morning all shriveled up. Here is a web site with more info and interesting picturesSent by Professor Martha Wolfe


Two ECTC students, Celina Charles and Joshua Ohde, presented their research on microbes isolated from Bess beetles at the annual Conference for Student Research on November 7th.  The annual conference showcases the research efforts of community college students from the central and western part of the state.  This year’s conference, held at Western Kentucky Community and Technical College in Paducah, drew about 75 student and research mentors.  Celina and Joshua based their presentation on research conducted with Joe Wolf and Cheyenne Morgan in their spring BIO 205 Honors Biology course.  Celina and Joshua have been invited to represent ECTC at the spring 2015 Posters-at-the-Capitol event in Frankfort alongside representatives from two and four-year institutions across the state. Sent by Professor Martha Wolfe


I attended the annual Kentucky Academy of Science (KAS) meeting at Eastern Kentucky University to present our department’s accomplishments with the WKU partnership for the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Instrument grant our department worked on for the past 2 years. Two of our students who benefitted from this program by having access to the NMR have transferred to WKU, done summer research, and each presented their research projects in the KAS chemistry section. Attached is a picture of our two former students.

Dillon is on the left. His research topic was:  Ampicillin Encapsulated Gold Nanoparticles as Antimicrobial Drug Carriers.1 Dillon S. Pender, Lakshmisri M. Vangala, Vivek, D. Badwaik, Helen Thompson and Rajalingam Dakshinamurthy - Western Kentucky University
Jonathan is on the right. His research topic was: Characterization and reaction of an analog anticancer drug oxaliplatin.1 Jonathan D. Hendrie and Kevin M. Williams – Western Kentucky University. Sent by Professor Sue Ballard

Women in Science

Women in Science.

Barbara McClintock was an American scientist and one of the world's most distinguished cytogeneticists. McClintock received her PhD in botany from Cornell University in 1927. There she started her career as the leader in the development of maize cytogenetics, the focus of her research for the rest of her life. She produced the first genetic map for maize, linking regions of the chromosome to physical traits. She demonstrated the role of the telomere and centromere, regions of the chromosome that are important in the conservation of genetic information. She was recognized among the best in the field, awarded prestigious fellowships, and elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 1944. During the 1940s and 1950s, McClintock discovered transposition and used it to demonstrate that genes are responsible for turning physical characteristics on and off. Awards and recognition for her contributions to the field include the Nobel Prize for Physiology, awarded to her in 1983 for the discovery of genetic transposition; she is the only woman to receive an unshared Nobel Prize in that category. (Wikipedia)

Physical Sciences

published article concerning modeling of the Old Faithful geyser, Yellowstone National Park, WY by E. K. Esawi ECTC and Kieran O’Hara, UK 

Contact Information

KCTCS/Elizabethtown Community and Technical College 
E.K. Esawi 
SCI Room 209 
600 College Street Road Elizabethtown, KY. 42701 
(270) 706-88593 or (877) 246-2322(877) 246-2322 extension 68593 


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