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Mentoring Opportunities

If you are interested in mentoring K-12 students or undergraduates, WISCIENCE offers the following opportunities to inspire young scientists and share your expertise:

  • Adult Role Models in Science (ARMS) recruits and trains mentors to work with middle school students on research projects for the Madison Middle School Science Symposium and also trains and matches mentors for elementary students. In addition to the Service with Youth in STEM service learning course for undergraduates and graduate students, ARMS offers periodic trainings and other professional development for university and community educators and volunteers.
  • The Biological SIGNALS Summer Research Program (SIGNALS) offers faculty-mentored research experiences for undergraduates, most of whom are low-income, first-generation, or underrepresented minority. The majority come from colleges other than UW-Madison, and many are interested in graduate study at UW and are eager to connect with training programs. Faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students serve in mentoring roles.
  • WISCIENCE recruits science mentors for the science portion of the PEOPLE program, a university, community, school partnership to enhance the college track preparation and academic success of middle and high school students. UW-Madison faculty, staff, and students serve as research mentors and instructors.
  • The IMPACT peer leader program trains undergraduate peer leaders and mentors in science, including Undergraduate Research Peer Mentors who offer drop-in mentoring at the BioCommons.
  • WISCIENCE can help connect you with an individual UW-Madison undergraduate interested in an independent research experience—see the contact information below.

Help Train Mentees

Experienced faculty and staff mentors are invited to teach a section of Entering Research. This two-semester sequence of courses supports small groups of undergraduate mentees as they work in individual research labs and helps them present their research in a professional way. It was designed to complement Research Mentor Training and offers support materials to guide teacher-facilitators. Contact information is provided below.