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STEM Outreach

About Us

The IWGDI outreach subcommittee is a trainee-led subgroup of IWGDI members that is working to increase department engagement with STEM outreach and teaching opportunities across Yale and in the broader New Haven community. The subcommittee meets monthly to centralize and share existing STEM outreach opportunities with the department, and to establish new initiatives by collaborating closely with community organizations, such as Yale's Pathways to Science. This past year, for example, subcommittee members developed and regularly taught an interactive seminar on the principles of immunology underlying vaccination to high school students. The subcommittee has also planned for the department's first Day of Immunology in Spring 2022, a new annual event for New Haven high schoolers that has interactive workshops and lab demonstrations about basic immunology concepts that is intended to inspire curiosity about the biomedical sciences.

Through these outreach, teaching, and mentoring opportunities, the outreach subcommittee members aim to increase awareness of and interest in immunology and biomedical research in students of all education levels (K-12, university and community college students, and beyond). Furthermore, the subcommittee hopes to reach out to students and members of underrepresented communities interested in pursuing scientific career paths and to support their retention in these fields.

Mission Statement

The IWGDI Outreach Subcommittee aims to increase the visibility of and accessibility to the study of Immunobiology by hosting volunteer opportunities that strengthen relationships between the members of our department and the greater New Haven community.

In order to accomplish this goal, we coordinate or lead various initiatives to increase access to educational materials on basic immunology principles for students of all levels and the general public. We also work to encourage URM students to consider STEM-related careers by expanding opportunities for research projects in Immunobiology labs.

IWGDI Outreach Subcommittee Initiatives

Interactive seminar on the Principles of Vaccination

  • A 1-2 hour seminar developed by Yale Immunobiology graduate students aimed at teaching high school students the basic concepts of immunology that underlie vaccines.
  • This course has been adapted to teach in person and on Zoom via multiple platforms including Yale Sprout, Yale Splash, Rainstorm, and the Yale Pathways to Science Summer Scholars Program.

Partnering to host and mentor high school students, undergraduate students, and community members who are interested in immunology research

  • Summer Science Research Institute (high school students)
  • Science, Technology and Research Scholars Program (undergraduates)
  • Yale Summer Enrichment Research Experience (Gateway Community College and Housatonic Community College students

Teaching Opportunities

Pathways to Science Summer Scholars Program

  • Each summer Yale Pathways offers New Haven public school students the opportunity to participate in a free, on-campus summer STEM program designed to extend their learning beyond the walls of their high school.
  • Workshops run 90 minutes/day for 5 weekdays in July.
  • Age Range: Grades 9-12

Ulysses S. Grant Foundation Summer Program

  • Create and help run a six-week summer educational enrichment program for talented middle school students from the New Haven public school system and parochial schools.
  • Age Range: Grades 6-9 (middle school)
  • https://campuspress.yale.edu/usgrant/

Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS)

  • Paid summer teaching opportunity in which you develop and teach your own curriculum, gain valuable classroom experience with diverse high school students from around the world, and mentor students in a variety of different contexts.
  • Instructors can teach up to three 2-week summer sessions.
  • Age Range: Grades 9-12
  • https://globalscholars.yale.edu/about

Rainstorm

  • Rainstorm is an online Splash collaboration held multiple times each year that allows you to teach a class on a topic of your choosing over Zoom to high school students from across the country. Classes can be flexible in format and can be 1 hour 15 minutes, or 2 hours 30 minutes.
  • Age Range: 9-12
  • Register or find out more here: https://www.cloud.learningu.org/teach/index.html

Outreach Opportunities

Pathways to Science

  • A coordinated, data-driven STEM outreach infrastructure within the Office of New Haven Affairs. Pathways to Science opens the door for middle and high school students to explore STEM at Yale, and supports Yale students & faculty in designing and implementing STEM outreach programming.
  • Major initiatives include the Pathways Summer Scholars Program, Yale Summer Science Research Institute, and many others
  • Age Range: Grades 6-12
  • Contact: Maria Parente— coordinator for community programs in science
  • https://onha.yale.edu/initiatives/public-schools-and-youth/pathways-science

Science Haven (Open Labs and Yale Student Science Diplomats)

  • “Science Haven is a group that works to bring engaging science activities to neighborhood events. Through partnering with community leaders it aims to bring science demonstrations to all the neighborhoods in New Haven, increase awareness of STEM careers and opportunities among children and make science fun!”
  • Age Range: all ages
  • https://theopenlabs.sites.yale.edu/gallery/science-haven

Science Cafe (Open Labs)

  • “Open Labs hosts the Café, a series of outreach events, presentations and breakout sessions, featuring bite-sized talks on cutting-edge research.”
  • “Through the talks, we place the students in the shoes of a young professional scientist and help them discover how research is done, and why we choose to devote our lives to it.”
  • Age Range: Grades 9-12
  • https://theopenlabs.sites.yale.edu/committees/science-cafe

Girls’ Science Investigations

  • Hosted through the Physics Department and held once a month on Saturdays from 8:30am-2pm.
  • Volunteers run hands-on demonstrations or experiments related to a particular physics principle, which you get training for beforehand.
  • Age range: Grades 6-8
  • https://gsi.yale.edu/

Science on Saturdays

Family Science Nights

New Haven Reads Summer Science Experiments Club

Mentoring Opportunities

Stem Mentors at Yale

  • STEM Mentors organizes several events aimed at helping high school students to apply to and make decisions around college, and to learn about STEM careers through career fairs and science nights at local schools
  • Age Range: Grades 9-12
  • https://yaleconnect.yale.edu/gsasorgmanymentors/home/

New Haven Science Fair

  • Held in May each year, the New Haven Science Fair brings together hundreds of students, teachers, and local scientists to help produce investigative science projects.
  • Mentors help guide students through the scientific method and commit to working together with a teacher/classroom (PreK-4) or advising individual students or teams of students (Grades 5-12) for an average of 1 hour per week over a period of 2-3 months.
  • Age Range: PreK-4 or Grades 5-12
  • Sign up to be a mentor here: https://www.nhsciencefair.org/being-a-mentor

YBDIC PATHS Mentorship Program

  • Graduate students mentor prospective underrepresented Ph.D. applicants before and after the recruitment weekends of applicants in their tracks.
  • Short-term and long-term mentorship opportunities are available.
  • Age Range: undergraduate students
  • https://medicine.yale.edu/bbs/diversity/events/

WISAY mentoring program

  • WISAY's ​​mentoring program exists on three levels: graduate students mentoring undergraduates, post-docs mentoring graduate students, and post-docs being mentored (in small groups) by faculty members. Graduate students and post-docs can participate in multiple programs if they so wish.
  • Age Range: undergraduate student, graduate student or postdoctoral fellow
  • https://wisay.sites.yale.edu/mentoring

Community Research Fellows

  • The YCC Center for Community Engagement and Health Equity (CEHE) in partnership with the Community Alliance for Research and Engagement (CARE) offers Yale Cancer Center (YCC) research teams the opportunity to host a pair of residents from low-income New Haven neighborhoods to contribute their expertise and community perspective and to learn about cancer research at Yale.
  • Age Range: adults
  • For more info and application materials, contact Erin Singleton: erin.singleton@yale.edu

The Science, Technology and Research Scholars (STARS) Program

  • A mentoring program designed to support women, minority, economically underprivileged, and other historically underrepresented students in the sciences, engineering, and mathematics.
  • The STARS I Program provides seminars, networking, mentorship, and professional development tailored for first-year undergraduates.
  • The STARS Summer Research Program combines individual on-campus research with academic support and course credit.
  • The STARS II Program supports individual student research beginning in the fall semester of the junior year, through the following summer, and both semesters of the senior year.
  • Age Range: undergraduate students
  • https://science.yalecollege.yale.edu/stars

Yale Summer Science Research Institute

Letters to a Pre-Scientist

  • Pen-pal program between middle school students and scientists (both students who are excited about STEM and those not yet interested).
  • Commitment involves an asynchronous online training session and writing letters 4 times over the course of the academic year.
  • Age range: middle school students
  • https://prescientist.org/volunteers/

Science Communication Opportunities

Yale Student Science Diplomats

  • YSSD works to foster a scientifically informed electorate through several science communication, advocacy, and policy initiatives. Current sub-committees focus on advocacy related to Science Funding; Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in STEM; Environmental Justice; Preserving Science in Policy Making; and Vaccine Communication.
  • Age Range: all ages
  • https://sciencediplomats.sites.yale.edu/

Flipped Science Fair (Open Labs)

Exploring Science (Open Labs)

  • “Join us virtually every Tuesday at 6pm EST for a discussion with scientists at Yale about topics they love! Each session is different and involves either a science battle, a Q&A about science careers or science talks. Log on to learn about our scientists’ pathway to science and their field of interest.”
  • Age Range: Grades 6-10
  • https://theopenlabs.sites.yale.edu/committees/exploring-science

Yale Science Communication

  • Organizes multiple public lecture series focusing on communicating topical scientific issues to the broader public, including Science in the News and Science@Brewery
  • Age Range: all ages (general public)
  • https://yscscicomm.sites.yale.edu/

Científico Latino

  • Científico Latino aims to improve diversity in STEM by providing resources to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students by providing mentorship programs, open-access materials for fellowships, and blog posts related to being a professional in the STEM fields
  • Age Range: undergraduate, graduate, and professional students
  • https://www.cientificolatino.com/about

Skype a Scientist

  • Connects researchers across STEM with K-12 teachers and other youth group leaders globally who are looking to have a scientist present and answer questions from their students about what it is like being a scientist. When you are matched with a teacher/classroom, you will coordinate a time that works for you to connect virtually.
  • Age Range: Grades K-12
  • https://www.skypeascientist.com/get-involved.html