New science outreach opportunities!

Posted: October 23, 2012 in Events, Policy, Science, Science Communication, Science Outreach

AAAS STEM Pilot Program Seeking Seattle Volunteers

AAAS is seeking to place scientists as assistants in classrooms to foster STEM education.  William (Bud) Wurtz, a local AAAS member, is launching the AAAS/Puget Sound STEM Volunteer Program.  It is modeled after AAAS’s successful SSE program in the Washington, D.C. area.

Scientists will be paired with teachers in a K-5 STEM elementary school in West Seattle.  The program focuses on support of the teacher as much as focusing on activities with the students.

  • The details of the partnership are worked out between the teacher and the volunteer and may involve giving demonstrations, assisting in lab experiments, lecturing on special topics, assisting with homework, etc. 
  • The hours are flexible but the commitment is for once a week (or every other week) for the school year. 
  • There will be an orientation in Nov. or Dec. and class support will probably start in January.

 If you are interested or would like more information, contact William.wurtz @ or call 425-882-2021.

To see how volunteers are assisting their teachers, view the Voice of America classroom interview,, or the video clips at


Be a Mentor for NWABR’s High School Bio Expo!                              

Professionals in science (grad students, postdocs, regulatory affairs agents, grants and contract officers, PIs, and advanced undergrads, etc.) can register to be a Bio Expo mentor by contacting Jenn Pang at jpang @

  • High school students research a biological topic and develop a unique science project to present in a variety of categories: creative writing, art, website design, drama/dance, lab research and molecular modeling, just to name a few.  
  • You can mentor from afar electronically or meet your student(s) face to face!  Students work on their projects from Nov. through April. 
  • This can be a wonderful way to encourage young people to be science literate, show them that scientists are “real” people, and have fun in the process!  

For more information, visit


Help Bring ELISS (Emerging Leaders in Science and Society) to UW’s campus!

ELISS is a new program that prepares graduate and professional students to work across boundaries toward solutions for complex challenges in society throughout their professional and civic lives. The hands-on, competitive program harnesses the talents and creativity of tomorrow’s leaders to help communities and the nation understand and address tough issues in theme areas ranging from health to environment to the economy.

We will select five partner campuses from different geographic regions that show the most demand from graduate & professional students in multiple disciplines. This petition will close at 11:59pm EST on November 23, 2012. Signatures will then be delivered to ELISS staff in order to identify where there are interested students. Partner campuses will be announced in January 2013.

Sign the petition to bring ELISS to UW here.


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