Training for Peer Mentors in Science Programs and Courses
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Be a Fellow
Together, we can create new solutions in science education and outreach, whether that means a course, program, training, event, grant proposal, learning community, or something else. If you need a partner with a larger view of science across campus and longstanding connections in the surrounding community, invite us into your project. If you have an idea or a challenge that requires collaboration on a larger scale across disciplinary boundaries, we can help facilitate it.
WISCIENCE Fellows work closely with the Institute on an ongoing project or program, teaching a section of a course or helping develop something new. For their service and dedication to science education, we are proud to recognize them on our website and provide other benefits appropriate to the project, such as a $0 appointment to facilitate submission of an educational grant proposal through WISCIENCE, or funding for supplies. We invite you to get involved by contacting a staffperson in your area of interest.
Whether you’re a scientist, science student, science educator, or just interested in science, there are lots of ways you can make a difference. Share what you love! Mentor undergraduates or high school students during the summer, learn to lead hands-on science activities and then host one at a family science event, support a K-12 teacher in the classroom, mentor a group of students working on a research project for the Madison Middle School Science Symposium, or help first-year science students at UW–Madison make the transition to college. Explore our programs and courses or contact us to get connected, and we’ll make sure you have the support you need to succeed.
How WISCIENCE helps you
Trains research mentors & mentees for productive relationships
Provides a springboard for interdisciplinary collaboration & innovation
Fosters discipline-based support for underrepresented groups
Connects the university and the community with long-term partnerships
I come from the inner city of Milwaukee, and I want to give back to the community by helping younger students realize their potential. I worked with children in after-school science clubs through the ARMS program. I learned that many of these students share the same childhood experience that I had, and I tried to expose them to as much chemistry as I could. They are so smart, and they should be treated as individuals.
The Engage Children in Science course reminded why I've wanted to be a scientist all my life—it brought the excitement and curiosity back into my college science classes. It engaged me in the community of science outreach at UW-Madison, giving me a source of camaraderie and mentorship. It also broke down the borders between the university where I study and city where I live.
The partnership with the ARMS program has provided MSCR staff with high quality inquiry-based science training, age-appropriate diverse science activities and volunteers to adequately facilitate science activities in our elementary afterschool programs. The professional development and resources provided have ensured that science activities are implemented on a regular basis and that science is not a "taboo" subject that does not exist in our programs.