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Annual Events and Outreach 

The Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and its departments and centers host community and special events, as well as engage with the public through regional partners to share the sciences throughout South Florida. 

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College Community Events 

Nat and Dorothy Hyman Science Lecture Series 

The Nat and Dorothy Hyman (NDH) Science Lecture Series was made possible by Florida Atlantic alumnus, Jerry Hyman, son of Nat and Dorothy Hyman. The NDH Science Lecture Series was created to encourage and inspire students in the sciences, and provide access to educational lectures by leaders across the sciences for FAU students, faculty, and community members, free of charge. This lecture series is organized by the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. Learn more

Frontiers in Science Public Lecture Series 

This longstanding lecture series is typically run each spring, and brings in experts from Florida Atlantic and beyond to discuss a wide variety of topics to explore the sciences with the community. It is our hope that these lectures move participants to deeper learning, explain the world, ignite discussions, and bring the richness of the sciences to a broader audience. Learn more.  

Science Fest 

Science Fest is organized by the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science to celebrate the diversity of our scientific disciplines and the variety of contributions from our current faculty and students, as well as inspire the next generation of scientific problem solvers. The event fosters partnerships between the university, scientific organizations, and local schools and communities to promote science and the ideals of mutual respect and inclusion. All are welcome to enjoy science-related exhibitions, a student poster competition, interactive games, activities, and networking opportunities to connect with each other.  Learn more. 

College Outreach 

Science Olympiad 

During the spring semester the College hosts regional science tournaments for the Science Olympiad organization that brings hundreds of high school, middle school, and elementary school students to the Florida Atlantic Boca Raton campus. Other regional tournaments are also held at around the same time on university campuses all around the country. The event involves hands-on competitions that are technology, knowledge, and laboratory-based. Learn more

External Community Events 

The College participates in community events and activities, providing lectures, showcasing hands-on science exhibits, and more, including: 

Department and Center Events and Outreach 

Center for Environmental Studies 

Riverwoods Field Laboratory 

Located in the heart of the Kissimmee River Basin, the Riverwoods Field Laboratory (Riverwoods) provides a home and support for extensive research and educational activities related to the restoration of the Kissimmee River. The Kissimmee River serves as a living laboratory and model for river restoration on a global scale. Lessons learned here in the one of the world’s largest restoration efforts ever attempted underscore professional research activities while a comprehensive environmental education and research program targets secondary and post-secondary students, educators, university faculty, scientists, and environmental professionals. Learn more

  • Student Field Studies and Research Programs 
  • Eco-tours for Adults - Exploring the Kissimmee River 
  • Art in Nature 
  • Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) 

Robert J. Huckshorn Arboretum 

The Robert J. Huckshorn Arboretum, located on the Jupiter campus of FAU, provides our local community with a unique opportunity to explore that connection. The Arboretum highlights our Florida ecosystems by featuring native trees and shrubs. Pathways wind their way through the landscape, inviting the local community to explore and enjoy this peaceful haven. The Arboretum provides a location for student research on campus, hosts community events, and volunteer opportunities. Learn more

Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions (CUES) 

CUES offers wide-ranging outreach activities as part of its research and public education mission, including providing the Visualizing Sea Level Rise Experiences in West Palm Beach. Learn more.   

Department of Biological Sciences 

FAU Marine Science Lab 

The FAU Marine Science Lab at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center saw 243,518 visitors from May 2022-April 2023. Through a partnership with the City of Boca Raton, this unique lab is housed at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center and has a viewing area that oversees the entire active lab space. The lab contains research from six faculty members in the College, who are studying sea grass to sea turtles. During sea turtle nesting season the lab can have over 100 sea turtle hatchlings. Learn more

Department of Mathematical Sciences 

Department of Physics 

Pre-Health Professions Office 

Rubin and Cindy Gruber Sandbox 

FAU Libraries, in partnership with the Schmidt College of Science, oversees the Rubin and Cindy Gruber Sandbox, one of the nation’s first multi-disciplinary, state of the art artificial intelligence (AI) labs located in a University Library. The space hosts numerous workshops, exhibitions, and seminars. Learn more

Student Services and Advising Office 

Archived Events 

Additional Information
The Charles E. Schmidt College of Science offers unparalleled experiential learning opportunities to prepare the next generation of scientists and problem solvers.
Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Rd, SE-43
Boca Raton, FL 33431
Fax: (561) 297-3292