Graduate STEM Outreach Groups

There are numerous opportunities to get involved in science enrichment and outreach at Yale University. Volunteering is a great way to get to know the community in which you live, to practice science communication, and to meet other Yale University students, staff and faculty. There are many different volunteer roles to fit individual time schedules, abilities and interests. Volunteers may work directly with students, educators and the public, or choose work behind the scenes. Please contact us at maria.parente@yale.edu with your particular areas of interest and we will gladly get back to you to discuss our programs.

There are a number of graduate student STEM outreach groups that you may wish to contact, as well. They are listed in the menu to the right with more information, including who to contact and upcoming planning events (Excuse our appearance as we continue to build this piece of our website!). Please contact maria.parente@yale.edu if you would like to discuss any of these groups before reaching out to them directly. 

STEM Groups and Initiatives

Graduate Student Women Engineers (GradSWE) @ Yale

GradSWE @ Yale is part of the Society of Women Engineers, an international organization committed to promoting women in engineering. Together with Pathways to Science, GradSWE runs numerous Engineering Days for middle and high school students throughout the year. The goal of Engineering Day is to show attendees that learning a new skill to a level that lets them build a real robot or conduct a true scientific experiment does not need to be intimidating. You do not need to be a physician to start tinkering with medical devices nor do you need to be a programmer to automate a small task in your daily life. Past projects include programming a self-watering garden and building an air quality monitor.

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STEM Mentors @ Yale

STEM Mentors is a graduate student organization that aims to promote interest among female and underrepresented students in pursuing STEM careers. STEM Mentors connects students with college and graduate students at Yale pursuing STEM majors to challenge common misconceptions about the sciences and about the people who study them. STEM Mentors hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including a panel discussion on choosing the right college, a college application workshop, and a health sciences career fair. 

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Yale League of Black Scientists

The mission of the Yale League of Black Scientists is to empower and inspire society at large, the socio-economically disadvantaged, and our members in the pursuit of scientific knowledge and advanced science degrees through realization of previously unforeseen potential. Their efforts support and encourage people of all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds in the pursuit of science and/or advanced science degrees by facilitating public awareness of novel, thought-provoking scientific ideas in ways that are as inspirational and intriguing as possible.

Furthermore, the Yale League of Black Scientists supports its members by maintaining a supportive environment for intellectual discourse and learning, providing a source of encouragement to combat the degenerative effects of imposter syndrome and stereotype threat, developing professional skills through technical presentations and teaching, and by working to realize the leadership potential of its members. 
 
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Yale Open Labs

Yale Open Labs hold events exclusively for students in Yale Pathways to Science, such as Science Café. At each Science Café, a group of three Yale graduate students present their research in 10 minutes or less, while audience members enjoy cookies and hot cocoa. Following the talks, graduate students mingle with audience members, available to answer questions about their research, their field of study, and their educational experiences. Past talks and hands-on activities have included “Why Earth Has Water” and “How Our Brains Encode Memories.” 

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Yale Science Diplomats

The Yale Science Diplomats are a group of graduate students and postdocs passionate about science communication, education, and advocacy. YSD began in 2007, when a group of graduate students founded a “Scientists and Engineers of America” (SEA) chapter at Yale, which has since become the Yale Science Diplomats. 

YSD helps host the annual Flipped Science Fair, where middle school student judges evaluate graduate students and postdocs presenting their current research. Middle school students learn about cutting-edge research from real Yale scientists in a small-group setting, with plenty of opportunities to ask questions and participate in hands-on demonstrations. The presenters learn how to tailor their research pitch to a general audience, with emphasis on keeping things exciting, understandable, and relevant.

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What Students are Saying about Yale Science Outreach Programs:

“I really liked SCHOLAR because people from different fields of science came in and spoke about what they have done to contribute to the huge spectrum of sciences, medicine, health, etc.  My favorite speaker was Professor Marvin Chun. His presentation of psychology was engaging, interesting, and kept my focus the whole entire time. He got the audience involved just as he explained findings and observations in people. I’m considering several of the topics as my future career…”

New Haven Student
Hill Regional Career High School

Why is Science Important?

“Science is about much more that facts, figures, laws and equations. It’s a unique and powerful way of looking at the world we live in; one that helps us find real answers and tries to ensure that we are not fooling ourselves. It’s about values like respect for good evidence, over opinion or anecdote; it’s a state of mind that makes you criticize your own ideas - test them in a way that you think might break them. It’s about respecting the answers that nature gives to questions carefully asked.” 

Adrian Gaylard

What Students are Saying about Yale Science Outreach Programs:

“I liked all of the Pathways to Science events, but the one that stands out the most was Pathways to Engineering. It was cool to see the engineering department at Yale and to see the demonstrations. I want to be an engineer, so being able to talk to Yale engineers about their work was amazing. Seeing their labs and how they work was also great. I had never been in a real lab before.   I learned a lot about nanotechnology and some possible careers, too.”

New Haven Student
Barnard Environmental Studies School

What Students are Saying about Yale Science Outreach Programs:

“Pathways to Science has enhanced my interests in the sciences and has helped me to understand science in a way school hasn’t. I always learn something new when I go to a Pathways event.”

New Haven Student
Mauro-Sheridan Science, Technology, & Communications School

What Students are Saying about Yale Science Outreach Programs:

“Pathways to Science has taught me firsthand how scientists work. I had never really known what it was like to be a scientist. “

New Haven Student
Mauro-Sheridan Science, Technology, & Communications School

What Students are Saying about Yale Science Outreach Programs: 

“Pathways to Science has helped me learn more about the field I want to pursue, neurology, and about scientific topics that interest me. It has also provided me my first glimpse of botany.”

New Haven Student
Hill Regional Career High School

What Students are Saying about Yale Science Outreach Programs:

“Getting Chemistry lessons in SCHOLAR last year was a HUGE advantage for my junior year. I’m glad I got that preparation.”

New Haven Student
Hill Regional Career High School

What Students are Saying about Yale Science Outreach Programs:

“SCHOLAR has made me feel more confident about myself when speaking and performing publicly. It has also made me more eager to face challenges in school and in life.” 

New Haven Student
Hill Regional Career High School

What Students are Saying about Yale Science Outreach Programs:

“I’ve connected to a bunch of adults during the SCHOLAR program. They’ve showed me that you’re always good in something, even when you don’t think you are. If you put your mind to it, you’ll achieve it.” 

New Haven Student
Hill Regional Career High School

What Students are Saying about Yale Science Outreach Programs:

“After participating in SCHOLAR, I feel more confident and comfortable in my own skin and I feel like I get along better with people now. It influenced my educational views because now I feel like I have a duty to myself to try harder in school. For my future, I want to try even harder to achieve my dreams to pursue a science career.”

New Haven Student
Hill Regional Career High School

What Students are Saying about Yale Science Outreach Programs:

“I like many of the Pathways to Science Events! The Peabody Museum was really interesting. I really loved that we got to go where normal tours can’t go and look at dinosaur bones and birds too. I think it’s amazing that we got to learn history through them.” 

New Haven Student
James Hillhouse High School

What Students are Saying about Yale Science Outreach:

“I like attending many Pathways to Science Events. The Planetarium/Observatory was great! I really love learning about how our solar system was created and all the different types of stars and constellations we have. The best part was watching the movie inside. I felt like I was really going through space. It blew my mind!”

New Haven Student
Wilbur Cross High School

Why is Science Important?

“Science is not enough on its own, it also requires a large measure of creativity. Add ingenuity and you are in the realm of engineering.”

David M. Howard

Why is Science Important?

“Since knowledge leads to power, science also allows us to shape and influence our environment, and as such is at the root of todays global society”  

Jon Butterworth
Professor of Physics at University College London

Why is Science Important? 

“Without science, we’re as lost and scared as a Homo Erectus in a thunderstorm.” 

Mark Lewney
Musician and Science Presenter

What Students Are Saying About Yale Science Outreach Programs:

“The EVOLUTIONS Program was the greatest help with my college career. My greatest experience with the program was getting an internship in a Yale lab. It was an enjoyable experience that taught me skills and work ethics that I will take with me for the rest of my life. Few people even get the opportunity and I was glad to be one of them.” 

New Haven High School Student
Sound School

What Students Are Saying About Yale Science Outreach Programs:

“Being a part of the EVOLUTIONS After School Program has enabled me to do a ton of things that you normally wouldn’t do in a regular high school setting. With this program they really help you find out who you are as person and what your really capable of doing. And that’s something I believe everyone should experience before they head into a world that is bigger than what they imagine to be.” 

New Haven Student
Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School

What Students Are Saying About Yale Science Outreach Programs:

“Being involved in internships through the Yale Peabody Museum EVOLUTIONS Program has been a privilege and the highlight of my high school education.” 

New Haven Student
Hill Regional Career High School

Why is Science Important?

“Science is more than just the hard subject at school that preoccupied the smart kids. It is a way of thinking about our world that can lead to changing it for the better.” 

Jim Al-Khalili
Professor of Theoretical Physics and Chair in the Public Engagement in Science at the University of Surrey

Why is Science Important?

“Scientists pursue questions of how things work that range from the sub-atomic particle zipping through my coffee cup, to the metaphysics of baboons to the origin of ice-covered mountain ranges. Often the motivation is curiosity but the net result is expanding our collective knowledge and understanding. This process based knowledge and understanding is crucial to the long-term survival of our species as a society.” 

Robin Bell
Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Why is Science Important?

“Science is a window to the future of humanity.”

Andy Miah
University of the West of Scotland

Why is Science Important?

“Science is a powerful expression of two of the defining qualities of humans - creativity and curiosity; especially when creativity and curiosity are used to explore, and try to make sense of, our place in the universe.” 

Ray Mathias

Why is Science Important?

“While what IS (truth) will not lead us to find any better what OUGHT we do (choices), yet what IS will definitely guide not only what needs to be done, but also how to realistically achieve it. Thus, the importance of Science in leading us to Truth.” 

Sandeep Gautam

Why is Science Important? 

“Science is important because, just as much as literature, or art, or music, it teaches us to be human. It’s part of us, part of who we are.” 

Richard P. Grant
Molecular Cell Biochemist

Why is Science Important? 

“Truth is better than illusion, and science has found ways to find out how the universe works, how we can interact with it, and what is likely to happen next.” 

Dr. Susan Blackmore
Freelance writer, Lecturer and Broadcaster,

Why Science is Important? 

“Science is important because it satisfies our curiosity about the world we live in. Amazing new technologies often result from science, but that shouldn’t be why we do science. We do science for the same reason Columbus set sail in search of new lands, for the same reason Tenzing and Hillary climbed to the top of Everest: curiosity” 

Jacob Aron
Mathematician and Science Writer