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We will continue adding to this list as we learn of more opportunities, so please check back at a later date if you don't see anything you're interested in. Last updated: 7/23/17
Organization/EventDateFrequencyContactBrief descriptionwebsite
Letters to a pre-scientist2017-2018 school year~3-4 times a yearExchange 3-4 letters with an elementary or middle school aged pen-pal interested in science over the course of the school year
1000 Girls, 1000 Futuresongoing2 meetings per monthAre you looking for an opportunity to make a real difference in a student’s life? Do you believe that it is important to inspire more young women and girls to pursue STEM careers? The 1000 Girls, 1000 Futures Program is a world-wide effort that pairs motivated, enthusiastic female mentors with smart, STEM-focused high school girls, offering them access to real-life role models, as well as innovative programming aimed at helping them to develop essential 21st century skills. When you volunteer as a 1000 Girls, 1000 Futures mentor, you are not only encouraging a young woman to pursue her passion, you’re also connecting to a global network of female STEM professionals with whom you can share experiences, advice, and resources. Plus, with our flexible online training program, you can develop your own coaching and leadership skills as well.
STEM Scholarsongoing2 meetings per monthstemscholars@nyas.orgWe need STEM mentors and high-school students just like you to join this life-changing opportunity. The free global program pairs high school students with a personal one-on-one mentor that meets twice a month over the course of a year through an all virtual, online platform.
Visit middle school class/after-school STEM club2017-2018 school yearongoing; could go once or multiple timesamanda.parfitt@dpsnc.netVisit a middle school science classroom or after school STEM club at Githens Middle School in Durham. Contact Amanda to schedule a date. Topics can be very flexible.
The Scientific Research and Education Network (SciREN)Sept 21st 2017annualsciren.triangle@google.comA scientist-educator network. Learn how to write lesson plans based on your research and connect with local educators at annual networking events where you can share your lesson. You can also browse the Portal on the website to see other people's
Haw River Assembly Learning Celebration
Sept 23- Oct 13
one day or multiple days
The Learning Celebration is a 3 week long environmental education program held in 3 counties. We’ll spend a week each at sites along the river. September 23-29 in Bynum at the Lower Haw River State Natural Area, October 1-6 in Saxapahaw, and October 8-13 at Camp Guilrock in Reidsville. Volunteers lead 4th graders through hands-on exploration of the river environment. Learning Stations include nature art, stream ecology, watershed cultural history, and animals. All meet NCSCOS Competency Goals for 4th grade; there’s also a puppet show and concert! All activities inspire students to think about how human actions affect the river and its watershed communities.
Science under the starsFall semesterannualkenneth.lyle@duke.eduBring a demonstration or activity (any science topic) to share with the general public (mostly familiies) for this evening event.
Duke Gardensongoingflexiblekavanah.anderson@duke.eduBecome a Children's Docent - help run field trip programs to the Duke Gardens, teaching about topics like plants, bugs, soil, and more. Training provided in Fall and Spring.
NC Museum of Life and ScienceongoingflexibleVolunteer in "The Lab" to help run hands-on science activities for all ages. Topics change weekly. Other volunteer opportunities available on the website, and include the Investigate Health Lab, butterfly house and special events.
US2020 RTPongoingMentoring program focusing on minority, female, and low-income students.
NC School of Science and Mathematics Mentoring ProgramongoingannualDr. Sarah Shoemaker ( a high school senior at NCSSM and provide them with a research experience in your lab
WISE Graduate-Undergraduate mentoring programongoingannualChristina Bejjani, christina.bejjani@duke.eduMentor an undergraduate at Duke interested in STEM
FEMMESongoingannual/weeklyFEMMESatDUKE@gmail.comFEMMES runs an annual one-day Capstone event for which you can design an activity or lead a group of girls from activity to activity. They also host weekly after school programs throughout the academic year.
SEEDSongoingflexibleVolunteer@seedsnc.orgSEEDS is always looking for volunteers to share their skills and knowledge
The Engineering Place at NC Stateongoingcoe-theengineeringplace@ncsu.eduThe Engineering Place runs various outreach programs, and will also connect you with an audience if you have your own outreach idea. Specifically interested in encouraing more women to pursue engineering.
Durham Parks and RecvariableVolunteer with special events such as Earth Day.
Duke Office of Durham and Regional AffairsvariableA listing of community service opportunities, including tutoring, after school STEM clubs, etc
NC Student Academy of ScienceThe NCSAS fosters interaction between student researchers and scientists. The NCSAS competition is distinctive in requiring both a paper and an oral presentation, and providing an opportunity for students to receive constructive feedback from the research scientists who judged their projects
Science Night at EK Powe ElementaryMarch 23rd, 2017 6-8 pmannualTreva Fitts Treva.Fitts@dpsnc.netFor Science Family Night, basically presenters can opt to support us in two different ways. They can set up an investigation in the hallway that families visit at their leisure or they can ask for a classroom. If they choose a classroom we can set it up so that only a certain number of people participate at a time. During the past usually 20 people for four sessions each lasting 20 min. that allows for 10 min. between sessions. The participants will change so they could do the same investigation four times. The topic would be totally of their choosing, we have had people extract DNA from a strawberry, build straw bridges, paper towers, etc.
Science Day at Hillandale Elementary SchoolMarch 24th 2017, 8:30-2:45annualDoug Olsen, doug.neslo@gmail.comDuring Hillandale's Science Day, elementary aged students (grades K-5) visit 3-5 different science demonstrations or activities. Activities for grades K-2 will occur in the morning, from 8:30-11:00AM and students in grades 3-5 will participate in the afternoon (12:15-2:45PM). What are science activities or demonstrations? The students are excited to hear about your science! The activities should range between 20-40 minutes in length and the subject matter is guided by grade level.
NC Science and Engineering FairMarch 24-25, 2017annualncsefvolunteers@gmail.comCheck out this google doc for a full list of opportunities to volunteer;
GEST (Girls Exploring Science and TechnologyApril 1, 2017annualsarah.loftus@duke.eduWe are seeking volunteers to make GEST a success again this year. If you are researcher, scientist, or engineer in eastern North Carolina, please consider one of these available volunteer roles: Activity presenter: prepare and host a 1 hr STEM-related activity to a group of girls (~10 per group) 3 times throughout the day. Group leader: Lead a group of girls to their 3 activities throughout the day and act as a STEM mentor. Other: We are seeking volunteers to help with volunteer and participant check-in during the morning of the event.
DNA DayApril 25th 2017annualNorth Carolina DNA Day is an annual event where scientists from NC’s leading research universities and institutions visit over 100 high schools statewide to present interactive, hands-on lessons about genetics, genomics, and biotechnology, which reinforce the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. In addition, scientist ambassadors discuss their own ongoing research with students and share exciting career opportunities in science and biotechnology. NC DNA Day provides an opportunity for over 7,000 high school students to meet and interact with a young scientist, which often clarifies misconceptions of what a scientist looks like and breaks down barriers for students to follow scientific career paths. Moreover, NC DNA Day allows early-career scientists to experience the satisfaction of sharing their passion for science with students, fostering a spirit of public engagement leading to continued participation in science outreach throughout their careers.
Get Out the ScienceApril 24-31 2017Ideas for how to share your science during the week of the march for science
Science and Math Day - Holt ElementaryMay 1st 2017dina.osborne@dpsnc.netHolt Elementary in north Durham is a Title 1 school (about ~15 drive from Downtown Durham) and they’re looking for guest speakers to come in and talk to their science class on Science and Math Day 1 May 2017. They’re looking for scientists to talk about any one or more of the following topics: weather, living/ nonliving, physical properties, ecosystems- animals and plants, sound, life cycles, force and motion, human body- bones and muscles, electricity and magnetism, ecosystems- adaptations, cells, bodies, and ecosystems, genetics, etc. This would be to their K-5 classes. Hours of operation for Holt are 7:45-2:15. Interested? 1. Email Dina Osborne at you can let her know what you do, what you would like to talk about and what time you could come on 1 May. 2. Go to and register as a volunteer – they will need to do a background check on you in advance.
BioBlitz in Leigh Farm Park (Durham)May 19th 6pm-11pm; May 20th; sign up to volunteer here: are still in need of experts (birds, mushrooms, fungus, invertebrates, etc.) and general volunteers for our 4th Annual BioBlitz on May 19th and May 20th. Right now we're in need of the most help on May 20th. We're also looking for more organizations to partner with us by providing interactive, hands-on outreach booths.

All volunteers will receive a 2017 BioBlitz t-shirts and free refreshments (and meals) throughout the event. It's a laid-back atmosphere with like-minded individuals who love to play outdoors!

We hope you can join our epic nature scavenger hunt in Leigh Farm Park (Durham, NC) by leading a hike, engaging the public in citizen science projects, or educating about our native wildlife. Don't know much about wildlife, but want to help? No worries, we need general volunteers to help with logistics.
ComSciConSpring semesterannualScience communicaton workshops (locally in RTP and nationally in Cambridge, MA) for graduate students
Women and Math Mentoring ProgramSpring semestermonthlyDr. Laura Smith, coordinator@womenandmathmentoring.orgMentor 8th grade girls interested in math
NC Science Festival (including Invite-A-Scientist)Spring SemesterannualThe science festival organizes various events across the state, including the Invite-a-scientist program, which matches scientists up with classroom teachers and helps you schedule a classroom visit.
Sensory Friendly Night @ Museum of Natural SciencesMay 25th; sign up to volunteer here: to work with the public, particularly families with students with special needs (between 3-15 year olds)
Low key (intentionally so!)--- even peaceful!
Create new skills for communicating science with difference audiences;
Science Speed Dating at FullsteamJune 1s 2017, 6 pmcasey.lindberg@duke.eduGrad students in the biomedical and environmental sciences can meet Durham residents and chat about their work in an informal setting. We’re planning on having the event at 6PM on Thursday, June 1st at Fullsteam. If you’re not quite comfortable with the idea, we’ll also be having short training sessions where our daters will practice a jargon-free elevator pitch, perfect for communicating the importance of our work with non-scientists. Please sign up; we’d love for you to join us!
Lunch with a ScientistJune 10th 2017; 12pm-1pmJonathan Marchal; jmarchal@ncarboretum.orgOur ecoEXPLORE initiative is seeking scientists and other STEM professionals for a unique opportunity to interact with youth. Lunch with a Scientist connects our crew of young citizen scientists (grades K-8) with a wide range of adult professionals for lunch and conversation. We will hold our second such event on June 10 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm for the Arboretum's fourth annual Box Turtle Day. Professionals with a connection to herpetology are particularly encouraged to consider joining us, but we also hope to attract a wide variety of professions. You are certainly welcome to join us for the other activities included in Box Turtle Day and enjoy the rest of the Arboretum when you visit. Mileage reimbursement is available to a limited number of individuals.Email Jonathan Marchal to sign up.;
Science-a-thonJuly 13th 2017cience-a-thon is a one-day celebration of science and scientists - from the lab to the field, from learning to teaching, from routine tasks to major discoveries. Participating scientists will share the ups and downs of 12 hours in science. Each scientist will post 12 photos over 12 hours on July 13 on Twitter and/or Instagram: morning routines, work commutes, research instruments, class projects, after-work fun.
The goal is to showcase the many faces of science, making scientists relate-able and interesting. You can find out more at — we’re hoping to get 100s of scientists in a wide range of fields: women and men, professionals and students, scientists for life, and scientists-for-a-day.
Step up to STEMJuly 17th-July 20th 2017one of the listed dates up to STEM* 2017 is a free, one-week residential summer program for underrepresented minority students. This year, we are looking for individuals who can share an exciting and potentially interactive 15 - 20 minute talk based on their personal experience and/or work that will inspire, motivate, educate, or just plain interest them.
These talks will occur each evening Monday, July 17th through Thursday, July 20th and possibly during the day on Friday July 21st. Dates and times aren't solid.

Thank you for proposing a talk. There may be an honorarium.

*Step Up to STEM is an innovative interdisciplinary academic program that uses exciting real-world subjects to challenge rising 9th graders across North Carolina and build their skills in science, math, and communications.

During the program's residential summer institute, students live and learn on the historic campus of North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, where they have the opportunity to take advantage of the many unique enrichment activities available throughout the Triangle area. The program is open by application to African American, Hispanic American, and Native American 8th graders who live in North Carolina.
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