STEM outreach opportunities

STEM outreach is a great way for graduate students to strengthen their professional portfolio. Outreach activities enhances scientific communication skills, provides teaching opportunities, reinforces leadership skills, requires a new perspective on research and adds broader impact experience to your resume. Below are resources for graduate students interested in getting involved with STEM outreach:

Already involved with STEM outreach? Let us know what you are doing. Please contact Dr. Jessica Perez ( to share your successes. We’d love to include them on our website and newsletter.

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POETS STEM outreach opportunities by university

Minimum time per activity:

⁕ 1 hr     ⁕⁕ 1-3 hr    ⁕⁕⁕ Full day event

Minimum length of involvement:

▲1 time event    ▲▲ Several times a year   ▲▲▲ Several weeks

University of Illinois



The mission of ENVISION is to increase the opportunity of STEM outreach for engineering graduate students at the University of Illinois. The organization seeks to promote leadership, communication, and teaching skills. We strive to encourage personal connections amongst the students in the Graduate College of Engineering. Furthermore, we seek to partner with professors who are looking to expand their outreach. We are always looking for new opportunities to volunteer, partner with other groups, and recruit new members! Learn more at:

GAMES (Girls Learning About Math Engineering and Science) ⁕⁕▲▲

GAMES is an annual weeklong camp with the main goal of giving high school girls exposure to different engineering fields. The camps allow students to explore engineering through demonstrations, hands-on activities, field trips, and contact with women in the field at a world-class institution. Learn more at: or contact Sahid Rosado Lausell,

WYSE (Worldwide Youth In Science and Engineering) ⁕⁕▲▲

The College of Engineering hosts several camps during the summer which are designed to show high school students how fun and exciting engineering ccan be.. and to encourage them to choose it as a career. This camp differs from GAMES camps in that it is open to males and cover a wider range of engineering disciplines. Learn more at: or contact Sahid Rosado Lausell,


University of Arkansas


Arkansas Science Café ⁕ ▲

Sigma Xi is a revolution in communicating science in the U.S. This revolution is takes place in cafés, bars, bookstores, libraries, museums and theaters. Science Cafés help the public connect with science. Scientists and engineers informally share their research during a conversational exchange in a friendly setting. Through working with key partners, encouraging members to participate and supporting its chapters, Sigma Xi continues to be at the forefront of promoting and supporting Science Cafés around the country. Learn more at:

Engineering Summer Camps for 1st-11th grade ⁕⁕ ▲▲

The University of Arkansas holds several summer engineering camps for 1st-11th graders. These camps expose students to various types of engineering through hands-on projects. The Engineering Summer Camps program is currently seeking graduate students interested in helping with the camps as facilitators, volunteers, curriculum developers, etc. Please contact Amy Warren, Assistant Director of Summer Programs at if you are interested.

Graduate Students Mentoring Undergraduate Students ⁕ ▲▲▲

The University of Arkansas’ College of Engineering is starting a program in which graduate students serve as mentors to undergraduates students, through either one-on-one meetings or monthly gatherings.  If you are interesting in being a graduate student mentor or helping to spearhead this program please contact AnneDella Hines at



Science Teaching Through Art (STAR) ⁕⁕ ▲▲▲

The Science Teaching through Art (STAR) program encourages the intersection of art and science by teaching Stanford researchers of all levels to use art and visual aids in communicating their work to a general audience. STAR participants then visit local high schools for a poster presentation.

Workshops begin in late September and finish before November. Open to undergraduates, graduates and post docs.

Splash ⁕⁕▲

Splash is the program that brings high school and middle school students from everywhere to Stanford’s campus for a two-day learning extravaganza. Classes are taught by Stanford undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral associates.

Splash invites students and teachers from all walks of life for classes that could vary from completely “non-academic” stuff like cookie baking and origami, to complicated and challenging classes on machine theory or quantum mechanics. Our organization aims to provide exciting, thoughtful and meaningful classes for anyone with the desire to learn. Stanford undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to participate in the program by teaching a class of their choosing, from 1-4 hours long, with an attendance cap you set: anywhere from 10-150 students. We can provide you with material, teacher training, and help designing your course. Time commitment is as short as teaching your class and preparing for it, or we can use your help in preparing and running our event. We are 100% student-run.

The Dish on Science ⁕ ▲

The Dish on Science (The Dish for short) is a science outreach group that aims to bring the general public quality, understandable coverage of cutting edge scientific research, stories of impactful moments in the history of science, and more. In short, we’re a bunch of students that want to share how excited we are about all the amazing science that we read about on a daily basis! Learn more at:

Goggles Optional

Goggles Optional is a podcast where scientists from Stanford University provide their professional yet humorous takes from the world of science. Join us as our hosts explore the significant news and discoveries of the week using a combination of wit, analogies, and words with less than four syllables. Goggles Optional has been featured as a New and Noteworthy science podcast on iTunes and by the Stanford School of Medicine blog. Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a scientist to listen. The Goggles are Optional! Learn more at:

Stanford Science Bus ⁕ ▲▲

Undergraduate and graduate students at as tutors to students at East Palo Alto Charter School. The program aims to enrich the school’s regular science curriculum through a series of lessons, events (science fair, science Olympics), and field trips, which students develop. Learn more at:

Stanford EPATT  ⁕ ▲▲

EPATT is a non-profit youth development organization serving K-12th grade students. Through one-on-one tutoring, tennis lessons, direct instruction, college counseling and parent education, we prepare students for a productive future. Most of our volunteers are Stanford undergraduates and graduate students. Learn more at:


Howard University

Please contact Dr. Sonya Smith ( and Dr. Jessica Perez ( if you are interested in getting involved with STEM outreach. Below are just a few of the many opportunities available at Howard.

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Program ⁕ ▲

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day occurs every February. If you are interested in learning how you can get involved, please contact: Dr. Sonya Smith (

Society for Women Engineers ⁕ ▲

SWE provides many opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to engage with STEM outreach. If you are interested in learning how you can get involved, please contact the SWE sponsor, Dr. Sonya Smith (

University Associate of Student Organizations (UASO)

Many on campus student organizations run small one-time STEM outreach events. Browse the student organization lists to find more opportunities: