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Science Club Youth Mentoring Opportunity

Created: August 27, 2018
Science Club Mentor

Science in Society is seeking graduate students, postdocs, and/or staff to volunteer at an after school science mentorship program called Science Club.

This initiative is designed to spark interest in science and teach "scientific habits of mind" to middle school kids through challenging, hands-on science and engineering investigations. The program serves around 145 youth weekly with sessions led by approximately 75 graduate students and staff mentors. Mentoring in the program is a minimal time commitment (1.5 hours a week, no prep needed) and prior mentoring experience is not required.

To learn more about Science Club, including a list of current mentors, please visit sc.club.northwestern.edu.

Application Process: 

  • If you are well versed in basic concepts in STEM, chemistry, physics, and/or biology, and excited about the prospect of inspiring the next generation of scientists, please complete our online application form.

The Details:

  • Mentoring for the fall 2018 quarter starts on October 1, 2018.
  • Volunteers must commit to going to a community center once a week for at least one academic year.
  • Mentor training/orientation is provided each quarter, along with quarterly mentor professional development seminars
  • Transportation is provided to locations in Chicago and Evanston.
  • There are also opportunities to participate in curriculum development.

Mentoring Locations:

  • Pedersen-McCormick Boys & Girls Club, 4835 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago: M, W, TH 4:00-5:30 PM
  • True Value Boys and Girls Club, 2950 W 25th St., Chicago: T, TH 5:00-6:30 PM
  • Meta Media at the YMCA, 1000 Grove St., Evanston: M 4:00-5:30 PM
  • Family Focus, 2010 Dewey, Evanston: TH 5:00-6:30 PM

Mentor Eligibility:

  • Open to grad students, postdocs, 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 2018 to participate (i.e., passed qualifying exams). 
  • Engineering, Chemistry, or Physics graduate students may be in their FIRST year (or beyond), but should have chosen thesis labs.
  • Student or Postdoc PI permission is required.

Science Club is run as an educational research study, funded by philanthropic support from the Silverstein Foundation, Driskill 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 have any questions, please contact Emily Mathews, Senior Program Coordinator, Science Club at 847.491.5750 or emily.mathews@northwestern.edu.

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