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GEMS (Graduate Experience for Museum Studies) is a Graduate student organization designed to expose students to a variety of exciting experiences in museum studies. Its mission is: To promote interest in museums, to provide fellowship among students and faculty interested in museums, and to provide a forum for innovative ideas that will benefit the WIU-QC community. GEMS fulfills this mission by providing its members with opportunities such as:

    • Volunteering at local and regional museums and institutions
    • Hosting annual workshops and symposiums to enhance student and museum professional’s careers and knowledge with hands on activities that relate to issues in museums and presentations dealing with museum based studies and/or experiences
    • Offering opportunities for field trips to museums that provide participants with behind-the-scenes access to museums around the Midwest
    • Attending museum conferences and workshops
    • Encourage networking within the museum field
    • Hosting social events

GEMS holds monthly meetings and invites anyone who is interested in learning more about the organization to attend. GEMS is open to all majors.

President: Kelly Hanson
Vice President: Sean Yerkey
Secretary: Kate Poweska
Treasurer: Aidan Brady

Meetings are held the first Thursday of every month at 5:30 pm at the Figge Art Museum.

GEMS Advisor: Pam White

Facebook link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/WIU-Museum-Studies/66572855637

Upcoming Events


Aug 10, 2016 - 5:00 PM
New Student Orientation - Undergraduate
Aug 11, 2016 - 11:00 AM
New Student Orientation - Undergraduate
Sep 29, 2016 - 5:00 PM
Habitat for Humanity Orientation

GEMS Meeting Schedule 2015-2016

Meeting Schedule


September 3, 2015


September 3, 2015

October 24, 2013

Executive Board Meetings

August 21, 2015

Members and Committees List

Members and Committees 2015-2016

Contact Information

Curtis Williams
Email: CM-Williams11@wiu.edu
Phone: (309) 762-9481

Temia Rice
Email: T-Rice@wiu.edu
Phone: (309) 762-9481

Things to do in the Quad Cities area.

Things to do in the QCA