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Science Club Postdoc Volunteer Opportunity

Modified: November 21, 2014

The Science Club is a science mentorship program at the Pedersen-McCormick Boys & Girls Club, organized by the Center for Genetic Medicine and Science in Society, Northwestern University.  The Science Club is seeking 12 individuals to volunteer at this after school science mentorship program. This federally funded initiative, now in its fifth 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 2014, the program will serve 60 youth weekly, with sessions led by ~ 30 graduate student/postdoctoral scholar/staff mentors. 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 should be entering their THIRD year (or beyond) as of Sept 2014 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

Info Sessions:

  • CHICAGO – Monday, August 18, noon-1pm, Lurie 6-127
  • EVANSTON – Thursday, August 21, noon-1pm, Pancoe 3103

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. Rebecca Daugherty, Assistant Director of Science in Society (phone: 7-1318).

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