NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Stephen F. Austin State University’s College of Sciences and Mathematics will host the STEM Business and Industry Speaker Series from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, in the Math Building, Lecture Hall 101.

The event aims to connect science, technology, engineering and mathematics students with professionals in their prospective fields. The event will feature two speakers, Elijah White Jr., vice president of geoscience for ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company, and Jonathan Woodard, current SFA STEM student.

White will speak on the impact STEM fields have in today’s industry. Woodard will discuss his internship at Tanos Exploration, how and why he chose to study geology, and why he believes STEM careers are important for future generations.

“Being able to share my experiences with others is an honor, and hopefully my efforts can make a positive impact on others,” Woodard said.

According to Dr. Kimberly Childs, dean of the College of Sciences and Mathematics, “The STEM Business and Industry Speaker Series is a wonderful opportunity for students to interact with STEM professionals within business and industry, as well as fellow students pursuing STEM degrees. This interaction allows students to better understand both the knowledge and skills required on the job and those required in preparation for a STEM-related career.”