Stevenson Student’s Design Selected as Logo for Inaugural Maryland STEM Festival

March 4, 2015 7 AM

A design created by Stevenson University student Ashleigh Kilgour ’16 will serve as the official logo for the inaugural Maryland STEM Festival, which takes place November 6-15, 2015.

Kilgour, along with several other Stevenson Visual Communication Design students , was challenged to craft a logo that encapsulated the idea of STEM education. The project was initiated through a Creative Strategies course taught by Amanda Gingery Hostalka, Interim Dean of Stevenson’s School of Design. Kilgour’s design features a silhouette of the human head with symbols inside representing the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, and math).

“We wanted a design that would integrate the disciplines of STEM,” said Kimberly Pause Tucker, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at Stevenson and an organizer with the STEM Festival. “Ashleigh’s design embodied the sentiment that the passion for STEM lies within us and emphasizes the human component of STEM careers.”

Kilgour’s logo will serve as an impressive addition to her design portfolio. The achievement has also allowed her to make important connections with professionals in the design industry.

“I’ll be including this in my portfolio for a while,” she said. “I’m so thankful I was given this opportunity to have one of my designs out in the real world and I can’t wait to see how the festival uses the logo on future promotion pieces.”

Her reaction to finding out her design was selected?

“I was so excited that I couldn’t sit still. I literally bounced around my room,” Kilgour said. “It was such a great way to start off this semester.”

Stevenson University, known for its distinctive career focus, is the third-largest independent undergraduate university in Maryland with more than 4,400 students pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, and adult bachelor’s programs at locations in Stevenson and Owings Mills.

The inaugural Maryland STEM Festival is an effort of multiple institutions of higher education and STEM outreach and is produced in collaboration with Maryland non-profit, STEMaction, Inc. For additional information about the Maryland STEM Festival, please visit