Applied Science

About the Program

This living learning community of applied science first year students will encourage connections with the Applied Science program, the UW-Stout campus, and businesses and organizations of the City of Menomonie. Live on the same residence hall floor with other freshmen Applied Science majors and enroll in the same section of APSC-101, (Applied Science Profession I). This learning community will include service learning projects such as collecting items for the Stepping Stones food pantry, producing a public service announcement for YouTube; or helping out at the Dunn County Humane Society. Open to Applied Science majors only.

Student Profile



 Home Town: Minocqua, WI

 Major: Material and Nanoscience

 Interests: Being active and getting outdoors, photography, baking and cooking, and spending time with family.

 Why did you choose Stout?  The opportunity to complete a science degree and take it beyond a general chemistry or biology degree. The small town and central campus makes me feel more like I am at home.

 Why would you recommend the Applied Science Learning Community to new freshmen? The applied Science Learning Community allows students to become acquainted with fellow classmates before classes even begin. Most classmates they meet they will see frequently over the course of their degrees and most likely share the same interests in school. It also helps students know where and who they can ask for help and study with if needed.



Classes You'll Take


APSC-101 Applied Science Profession I (1 cr.) 

Exploration of career areas of interest; examine appropriate interpretations of scientific measurements and experimental design.


Where You Will Live

What We Do

We will have peer-led social gatherings to connect with Applied Science students and other students in the Stout community; meet with and learn from alumni, industry professionals, professional school recruiters, faculty, and other Applied Science students in weekly seminars; learn what resources are available at Stout to better support student learning and development, including the Career Center, Writing Center, various tutor centers, and other offices; and participate in a service learning project, such as collecting items for the Stepping Stones food pantry, producing a public service announcement for YouTube; or helping out at the Dunn County Humane Society.

Faculty and Staff


Name: Dr. Kitrina Carlson


Hobbies and Interests:
  • Gardening and growing plants
  • Specific plant interests:
  • medicinal plants
  • origins of cultivated plants
  • plant pathogens
  • Non-plant interests:
  • Reading
  • Running
  • Spending time with my family

The most interesting thing that ever happened to me: My experience interviewing for a civilian job at a high-security army research station is definitely among the most interesting events in my life. The job (which I chose not to take!) required working in a "bio-secure" facility with top-secret access to some very deadly plant pathogens. The entire experience was like out of a spy novel, with secret access codes and hidden doors, the works. Very cool, but not something I'd want to deal with every day. Just the interview was enough for me.

Name: Dr. Alan Scottalan_scott


Hobbies and Interests:
  • Science Education
  • Engineering Physics
  • Public Policies Related to Science
  • Bike Riding
  • Photography
  • Theater
  • Tennis
  • Current Events and News
My dissertation work involved experimental nuclear physics. I was part of a big atom-smashing experiment using the Bevalac Particle accelerator at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory in Berkeley, California.  I've maintained interest in this field but have migrated most of my recent research into the field of science education. I have written a book called Addicted to Placebos: Understanding Science and Society. This book is available at the UW-Stout library and Menomonie Public library.


Name: Dr. John KirkProfessor pic


Hobbies and Interests:
  • Science Education, particularly Nanoscience Education
  • Travel
  • Bike riding with my family
  • Eating DQ at any time of the year
  • Watching and cheering on the Green and Gold
  • Watching, reading, playing anything related to select fictional space exploration movies & TV series

My favorite travel experience was when my wife and I took a three week journey through Europe. It was a real whirlwind tour, hitting London, Paris, Rome, Venice, Munich, Salzburg, Trier, Amsterdam, and Berlin. It was great fun on our own, a little stressful, but memories that we'll treasure forever. One of the highlights for me was seeing the beautiful stained glass windows of Sainte-Chapelle, which was much cooler than Notre Dame. The bright reds in the many stained glass windows are actually from gold nanoparticles…and the yellow is from silver nanoparticles. It's amazing how long nanotechnology has been around!

Community Profile

Number of Participants: All Applied Science First Year Students

Living Location: Curran-Kranzusch Hall

Classes: APSC 101 Applied Science Profession

Student Quote

"I can work on homework and study with people on my floor who have classes with me and get help easier than if they lived in a different building."

~ Eric

Student Quote

"You get to know people in your major a lot better. It’s also nice to have friendly faces to study with."

~ Calli