Quad Cities Campus

Graduate Experience in 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.

Contact Information

GEMS Advisor: Dr. Pam White
Email: PJ-White@wiu.edu

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

Upcoming Events and Meetings
  • Tuesday September 21 - General Meeting 1 and Guest Speaker Dr. Lara Nolder (Iowa State Archaeologist’s Office) - 5:30p
  • Sunday October 3 - Iowa Museum Association Virtual Conference
  • Tuesday October 19 - General Meeting 2 - 5:30p
  • Mon.-Fri. November 1-5 - Association of Midwest Museums Virtual Conference
  • Tuesday November 16 - General Meeting 3 - 5:30p
  • Tuesday December 7 - General Meeting 4 (Final General Meeting of Semester) - 5:30p



Kayla Adams


Samatha (Sam) Lack


Abby Wingate


Rebecca Case


Rachel Dillavou