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Science Club Postdoc Volunteer Opportunity

Modified: August 27, 2015

The Science Club is a science mentorship program at the Pedersen-McCormick Boys & Girls Club and they are seeking individuals to volunteer at this after school science mentorship program. This federally funded 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. Of note, Science Club received the 2013 STEM Impact Award from the Afterschool Alliance. More than 200 programs nationally were nominated for this prestigious award.

The details:

  • Meets once per week from 4:00-5:30 pm at the Pedersen-McCormick Boys & Girls Club, 4835 N. Sheridan Road
  • Mentor training/orientation provided each quarter
  • Cab transportation provided to Boys & Girls Club from CH and EV campuses
  • Quarterly mentor professional development seminars
  • Opportunities to participate in curriculum development

Mentor 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 2015 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 permission is required

Science Club is run as an educational research study, funded by a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 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 our online application form.

Questions? Contact Dr. Julianne Hatfield, Postdoctoral fellow, Science in Society (phone: 7-5669).

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