Quad Cities Campus

Graduate Experience for Museum Studies (GEMS)


What is GEMS?

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

Application: No application necessary! 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: Brad Jorgensen
Vice President: Clare Tobin
Treasurer: Eliza Ross
Senator: Emily Vanwaardhuizen

GEMS Advisor: Pam White

St. Louis, Summer 2017

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

Upcoming Events

GEMS Meeting Schedule Fall 2021


Constitution and By-laws

Constitution and By-laws


October 6, 2016

September 1, 2016

September 3, 2015


March 31, 2021

October 15, 2020

September 30, 2020

September 17, 2020

September 3, 2020

February 26, 2020

February 19, 2020

September Minutes 2019

December 6, 2018

August 31, 2018

October 6, 2016

September 1, 2016

September 3, 2015

October 24, 2013

Executive Board Meetings

August 21, 2015

Members and Committees List

Members and Committees 2016-2017

Members and Committees 2015-2016

Student Services 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