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Volunteer with Science Club

Modified: August 9, 2016

Science Club is seeking graduate students, postdocs and/or staff to volunteer at an after school science mentorship program. This Science in Society initiative, now in its sixth year, is designed to spark middle school kids' interest in science and teach "scientific habits of mind" through challenging, hands-on, biomedically-based lab activities. In fall 2016 the program will serve 100 youth weekly, with sessions led by ~ 50 graduate student and staff mentors. 

The program meets once per week at Pedersen-McCormick Boys & Girls Club, 4835 N. Sheridan Road from 4:00-5:30 pm, and True Value Boys and Girls Club, 2950 W 25th St from 5-6pm. Mentor training/orientation is provided each quarter. Cab transportation is provided to Boys & Girls Club from Northwestern’s Chicago and Evanston campuses. Quarterly mentor professional development seminars and opportunities to participate in curriculum development are available.

Science Club Mentors Eligibility:

  • Open to grad students, postdocs, and staff
  • Life Sciences Graduate students (DGP, IBIS, NUIN) should be entering their THIRD year (or beyond) as of Sept 2016 to participate (e.g. passed qualifying exams)
  • Engineering, Chemistry, or Physics graduate students may be in their first year (or beyond), but should have chosen thesis labs
  • PI/supervisor permission is required

Upcoming Info Sessions (snacks provided!):

  • CHICAGO - Wednesday, August 10, 12-1pm, Lurie 6-127; and informal drop in Thursday, August 18 from 9:30am-12pm in the Lurie lobby
  • EVANSTON - Thursday, August 11, 12-1pm, Pancoe 1401; and informal drop in Friday, August 19 from 9:30am-12pm in Pancoe Einstein’s

Science Club is run as an educational research study, funded by philanthropic support from the Silverstein Foundation and Shaw Family Supporting Organization. Accordingly, mentor applicants will be asked to participate in a short interview, and, if selected, complete a formal consent process as part of the research study. If you are well versed in basic concepts in chemistry, physics, and/or biology, and excited about the prospect of inspiring the next generation of scientists, please complete the online application form.

More about Science Club, including a list of current mentors, is available on their website. Contact Julianne Hatfield with questions by phone at (847) 467-5669 or email.

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