CafeNova starts its second year!

Year 2020 marks the second year of CaféNova, a series of evenings for STEM-interested high school students to meet distinguished professionals working in the science and math fields.
To receive email invitations for upcoming CaféNova events, please fill out this google form. If you know any high school students who would benefit from attending CaféNova, please forward them the link mentioned or ask them to send an email to
The first two meetings in 2020 were on Thursday, January 23 and Thursday, February 27.

The next meeting (online) will be on March 26.
To find out more about this event, please visit CafeNova March 26, 2020 webpage.


CaféNova launched by SchoolNova founders in 2019, is a project that connects high schoolers with faculty, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from Brookhaven National Lab, Stony Brook University and the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics in a casual and non-intimidating setting.

Rather than giving official presentations, scientific researchers from various fields will answer student’s questions about their research, education and day-to-day life in academia, and give advice.

SchoolNova selects a dynamic “menu” of guests - every meeting is attended by researchers and students working in different fields of science! To see pictures and read what happened at past CaféNova events, scroll down and click on a previous date.

High Schoolers, You May Be Interested In CaféNova If:

  • You are thinking of majoring in mathematics and/or science.
  • You are not thinking of majoring in mathematics and/or science, but appreciate those subjects.
  • You enjoy discussing math problems and/or participate in math/science competitions.
  • You are looking for a comfortable place to meet like-minded peers, play mathematically rich games and/or simply connect with new and interesting people.

    Do You Want To Major In STEM?

    Actually, that's a question only you can answer. Some people have a passion for intellectual challenges: solving difficult problems and proving conjectures are true. Others relish in the versatility a degree in science offers.
    If you decide to major in math or science, the question you will most likely be asked is, "What will you do with your degree?"

    If you want to know what is out there for you, visit CaféNova!

    The tentative schedule of every evening is as follows:

    • 6pm to 6.30pm - students arrive, tea, coffee, introductions
    • 6.30 to 7.30 - informal round-table discussion, Q&A
    • 7.30 to 9 pm - SPECIAL BONUS! Stick around for fun and games after the round-table discussion ends! And more - group discussions, tea, coffee and snacks.

    When: Once a month from January to May. First meeting is on Thursday, January 23, 2020. Exact days of the following meetings are TBA.
    Where: Room S240 (basement of Math building). Campus map (math building is in the upper left corner of the map) can be found here.
    Contact us:

    Marina Polonskaia, Ph.D
    Tatiana Portnaya, Ph.D

    2019 CaféNova meetings:

    2020 CaféNova meetings:

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