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Youth Mentoring Opportunity: Science Club

Created: August 26, 2019

Science in Society is seeking graduate students, postdoctoral trainees, and/or staff to volunteer at an afterschool science mentorship program called Science Club. This initiative, now in its 11th year, is designed to spark middle school kids' interest in science and teach "scientific habits of mind" through challenging, hands-on lab activities.

This mentorship program will provide you with an opportunity to volunteer at the Boys & Girls Club community centers of Chicago and an Evanston. The program serves approximately 145 youth weekly, with sessions led by approximately 75 graduate student and staff mentors.

Click here to learn more about Science Club and view a list of current mentors.

Locations and Times
Additional Details
  • Mentor training and orientation provided each quarter
  • Transportation provided to Chicago and Evanston locations
  • Mentor Eligibility: Open to graduate students, postdocs, and staff
  • Graduate students in the life sciences (DGP, IBIS, NUIN) must at least be in their THIRD YEAR to participate. Students in chemistry, physics, or engineering may start sooner.
  • Sessions will start the first week of October 2019

Science Club is run as an educational research study, previously funded by a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) from the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), a component of 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 biology, and are excited about the prospect of inspiring the next generation of scientists, please complete the online application form.

Questions? Email or call (847.491.5750) Emily Mathews, Senior Program Coordinator; Science Club.

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