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Youth Mentoring Opportunity - Science Club

Modified: March 15, 2017

Science in Society is seeking postdocs, grad students and/or staff to volunteer at an after-school science mentorship program called Science Club. This Science in Society initiative, now in its 9th year, is designed to spark middle school kids' interest in science and teach "scientific habits of mind" through challenging, hands-on science and engineering investigations. The program serves ~120 youth weekly, with sessions led by ~ 60graduate student and staff mentors. Read more about Science Club here.

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. Please review complete details below. Please note, 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.

Questions? Contact Ashley Jennings, Program Coordinator; Science Club, (847)467-6468

The details:

  • Spring 2017 quarter starts in mid-April
  • Volunteers commit to going to a community center once a week
  • Mentor training/orientation provided each quarter. Receive training on curriculum and teaching best practices
  • Quarterly mentor professional development seminars
  • Transportation provided to Chicago and Evanston locations
  • Opportunities to participate in curriculum development


  • Pedersen-McCormick Boys & Girls Club, 4835 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago from M, W, TH 4:00-5:30 pm, Currently we need mentors on MONDAY AND THURSDAYS
  • True Value Boys and Girls Club, 2950 W 25th St, Chicago from T, TH 5-6:30pm, Currently we need mentor on THURSDAYS
  • (new) Meta Media at the YMCA, 1000 Grove St., Evanston, Times TBD
  • (new) Family Focus , 2010 Dewey, Evanston, TH 5-6:30pm

Mentor Eligibility:

  • Open to postdocs, grad students and staff
  • Open to scientists and engineers from all disciplines. 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 permission is required
Professional Development, International