Whether you want volunteer hours, would like to share your research with the world, or just love science, the Office of Science Outreach has a way for you to get involved!
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
We need volunteers year-round for virtual, on-campus, and school events! Penn State students, student groups, labs, and employees can help us run events, community members in STEM fields can serve as speakers, and local STEM-oriented companies can table at some of our events. If you are interested in volunteering for any of the programs we run, consider signing up for our volunteer newsletter! We'll send you a monthly menu of outreach events and ways to be involved!
We are currently recruiting volunteers for the following:
ENVISION: STEM Career Day Supporting Young Women on February 24, 2024
This all-day event features workshops and networking sessions designed to expose middle and high-school-aged women to potential academic and career pathways in STEM. We are currently seeking volunteers, and there are two different ways to get involved.
Interactive Workshops -The interactive STEM workshops are the heart of the ENVISION event! We are currently seeking proposals for 60-minute workshops that are designed to engage 15-20 middle and high school students in hands-on inquiry and exploration of STEM topics. Faculty members, post-docs, graduate student groups, and undergraduate student groups are encouraged to submit workshop ideas! If your lab, department unit, or student group is interested in running a workshop, please complete this Workshop Survey by 5 pm on January 9th, 2024. The STEM Workshop Proposal Template linked below has more information about the expected length and format of the workshops and may be downloaded and submitted instead.
Volunteer as a mentor or other individual role! - Our volunteers are the strength of the ENVISION event! They get to know and inspire the attendees, guide groups around campus, help with important tasks, and share their experiences. We can't hold ENVISION without them!.
- Mentoring -Our mentors serve as guides for a group of 5-6 young students throughout the ENVISION event. Along with leading their groups through three workshop sessions, mentors also serve as important role models for participants by providing encouragement, sharing their own stories, and answering their group's questions throughout the day. Mentors will receive lunch and an event T-shirt! Check out this link for more information about clearance requirements and to indicate interest: Volunteer Survey.
- Networking Volunteers - The hour-long Networking Workshop will give middle school students an opportunity to interact informally with undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of different STEM fields. As they rotate between groups of 5-8 young attendees, volunteers will share stories about their high school-to-college transitions, their collegiate academic experiences, and the reasons they are pursuing a career in STEM! If you're an individual interested in inspiring young women, but are not available to serve as a mentor throughout the event, this is the role for you! If you're interested in volunteering during the Networking Workshop, please follow this link for more information about clearance requirements and to indicate interest: Volunteer Survey
- Supporting/Logistics Volunteer -If you're excited about getting young women involved in STEM, and are interested in helping manage the logistics of a large event, this is the role for you! As a supporting/logistics volunteer, you'll play a crucial role by setting up event spaces, signing in volunteers, and helping make sure the event runs smoothly throughout the day. If you're interested in serving as a Supporting/Logistics volunteer, please follow this link for more information about clearance requirements and to indicate interest: Volunteer Survey
Please note that spots are limited, so we may not be able to accept all applicants. We will notify you if we are unable to accept additional volunteers. If you have any questions about the event, please contact Caitlin Teti (email@example.com).
VIRTUAL SCIENCE FESTIVAL
Our Virtual Science Festival was created to provide free virtual resources featuring Penn State student organizations, community groups, research labs, and local STEM companies. This online resource serves as a repository of fun STEM videos, engaging DIY science activities, and other educational resources for parents, teachers, and kids alike. New content will continue to be added! If you have material to share, please contact Caitlin Teti at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
BELLEFONTE YOUTH CENTER- Run a Science Workshop!
We have recently cultivated a relationship with the Bellefonte Youth Center run by the Youth Service Bureau. Our first workshops were held in the Fall of 2019, with more expected in the future. If you, your lab, student group, or other STEM-related organization would like to host an hour-long evening workshop with BYC students, contact Caitlin Teti at email@example.com. Dates and times are somewhat flexible!
Work With Us
If you're interested in working with us at our Science-U Summer Camps, check out our positions here.
We run two classes for Penn State students - check them out below!
Science Outreach Classes:
Interested in getting involved?
Contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at (814) 865-0509
Office of Science Outreach, 201 Ritenour Building, University Park, PA 16802