Our primary events include talks by a featured guest speaker together with a dinner/induction ceremony. We have between two and four of these per year. The dinners are open to active members only (and their paying guests), but the talks are open to the public.

We also have a 'Strawberry Festival' at the end of May with a short presentation by a College scientist.

Our other activities include an annual student research poster session each fall.


Upcoming events


Past events

February 26, 2014: Lecture Photographer Susan Middleton. Art, Science and Biodiversity. For more than 25 years, she has specialized in the portraiture of rare and endangered animals, plants, sites, and cultures. Click here to see Susan's work.

December 3, 2013: Lecture by Dr. Mark Trodden, Professor of Physics, University of Pennsylvania. Modern Cosmology and the Building Blocks of the Universe

October 4 & 5, 2013: Student Research Poster Session. Click here to see booklet.

May 21, 2013. Strawberry Festival. Talk by Vince Formica, Asst. Professor, Biology. Science Center 199, 7pm. Looking glass or Jabberwocky?: Explorations into Animal Social Networks

April 22, 2013. Lecture: Sixma Xi & Cognitive Science Program. David P. Stork, Distinguished Research Scientist and Research Director of Rambus Labs. When Computers Look at Art: Image Analysis in Humanistic Studies of the Visual Arts.

March 19, 2013. Lecture by Alison Sweeney, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of PA. More than just pretty colors: giant clams, iridescence,
and the biophotonic inspiration for new photovoltaic devices

December 13, 2012. Lecture by Dr. David Foster, Asst. Professor Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Dept. of Neuroscience. The Hippocampus’ Remembrance of Things Past: The role of hippocampal replay in navigation.

October 26 & 27, 2012: Student Research Poster Session. Click here to see booklet.

May 15, 2012: Strawberry Festival! Dessert at 7pm in the Eldridge Science Center Commons, followed by a talk by Swarthmore professor Scott Gilbert, Department of Biology, entitled "Embryos and Modern Art: The use of fertililzation imagery in the art of Gustav Klimt, Frida Kahlo, and Diego Rivera"

March 15, 2012: talk by Bradley Gabe '94, senior technical animator at Withanar Consulting, entitled, "The Biology of Virtual Creatures: Unconventional applications of a science education in Hollywood special effects"

November 17, 2011: R. Iris Bahar, Associate Professor of Computer Engineering at Brown University, gave a talk entitled, "Can Your Circuit Tell You When It’s Failing?"

October 21-22, 2011: Student Research Poster Session

May 10, 2011: Eugene Narmour, Edmund J. Kahn Distinguished Professor at University of Pennsylvania, gave a talk entitled, "A Unified Theory of Music Cognition".

February 10, 2011: Lisa Pratt, Geologist at Indiana University, spoke about the search for life on Mars.

May 18, 2010: Sarah Hews, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Swarthmore College, gave the Strawberry Festival lecture

February 2, 2010: Dr. Ann Schuchat, Centers for Disease Cntrol and Prevention

Dec 1, 2009
Screening of Sizzle: A Global Warming Comedy
With introduction by the filmmaker, Randy Olson. Popcorn provided. Panel discussion after the movie. Free and open to the public. Science Center 101. details

Dec 2, 2009
"Don't be such a scientist" talk by Randy Olson
Free and open to the public. Science Center 101. details

4/10/2008: Dr. Greg Wallace, National Children's Medical Center, spoke on "Cognitive Assets in Autism Spectrum Disorders"

Here is a podcast of Dr. Jean-Claude Bradley, from Drexel University: "Open Notebook Science: Research in real time", 11/27/07