This website is to assist researchers who are required to describe their planned outreach and broader impacts within their grant proposals. Below are listed existing outreach activities that are particularly straightforward to join and to include in proposals.
- Mentoring 5th-8th grade girls at the Seattle Girls' School (.docx)
- Rainier Scholars, 5th grade through college, underrepresented minorities.
- Assisting disabled students at UW.
- UW Dream Project: from one-time writing tutor for high school students applying for college to weekly mentoring at high schools.
- Tutoring and mentoring K-12 local students through the UW Pipeline Project (1 hr/week).
- UW's Alternative spring break to help elementary/middle schools in rural/tribal communities in Washington State.
- UW's Existing Service Learning Courses through the Carlson Center.
- UW's Martin Luther King Day of Service.
- The UW Farm
- UW WiSE (Women in Science and Engineering) Drop-in mentoring of undergrads and grad students, one-time presentations at a WiSE conference or lecture series.
- Seattle "Expanding Your Horizons" Day for 6th-8th grade girls (1-day volunteer opportunities).
- Mentor high school girls from underrepresented groups regarding STEM fields through UW's Making Connections Program. (Roughly 6 hours/month, open to undergrads and grad students also.)
- Compendium of some of the Pacific Science Center's Outreach Activities (.docx). See also 1/2-day to 3-day demos or presentations through the Pacific Science Center's "Paws on Science" and Seattle's Science EXPO day (.pdf), the Pacific Science Center's Life Science Research Weekend or the Pacific Science Center's Scientist Spotlight.
- Northwest Association for Biomedical Research (NWABR) Speakers' Bureau and other volunteer opportunities.
- Give a presentation at Seattle's Science-on-Tap (a science cafe, one time commitment).
- Give an afterschool talk at Franklin High School's science cafe about scientific research and careers. Contact Physical Science Teacher Melissa Anne Povey (email@example.com). (one time commitment).
- Judge, mentor, or help network for students at one of several Washington State science fairs (.pdf)
- Judge or Volunteer with the Central Sound Regional Science Fair, held at Bellevue College (one day).
- Give an award for biophysics research at your local science fair
- Proctor and/or grade at middle school MathCounts competition (one day) (.doc)
- STEM Bridge Program: Primarily serving UW freshman from underrepresented groups. Host 5-8 students for intro lab session from 1-5 Tues-Thurs of last week of Aug., and/or hold a departmental info session or interactive lab tour in afternoon during 1st week of Sept.
- Murdock Trust's Partners in Science: Funds high school science teachers to do mentored research in a lab over two summers.
- SACNAS outreach projects (mentoring Royal City High students; weekly tutoring of local Native American middle and high school students)
- Washington's MESA program: K-12 and college programs for underrepresented minorities. Give a talk at a Community College, or tutor/mentor transfer students, or Volunteer with K-12 students, including at MESA Day for middle/high school students.
- UW Burke Museum: volunteer as a docent to give tours to school children (training, plus 1 tour/week).
- College of Engineering Discovery Days (2 days of exhibits and demos).
- Briefly describe your research in a manner accessible to nonscientists through the national Why-Sci site, funded by the American Physical Society.
- Pitch an article proposal to the national Inside Science site, which produces science stories for distribution to the media. Click HERE for contact info.
- Join Science Buddies' Ask an Expert to answer students' science questions and advise on science fair projects.
- Join the Biophysical Society's Mentor Board to become a mentor of a nascent biophysicist or answer student questions.
SOURCES OF HELP AND IDEAS REGARDING OUTREACH:
- Concrete tips for broadening diversity, participation, and retention
- List of NSF's Broader Impact criteria and examples of feasible activities (.docx)
OTHER INSTITUTIONS WITH WHOM YOU MAY WISH TO PARTNER REGARDING OUTREACH:
- List of Historically Black Colleges and Universities and some enrollment numbers.
- List of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (from the HACU).
- List of Tribal Colleges and Universities (from the AIHEC).
- List of U.S. Women's Colleges.
UW ENTITIES WITH WHOM YOU MAY WISH TO PARTNER REGARDING OUTREACH:
- American Indian Student Commission
- Black Student Commission
- Pacific Islander Student Commission
- La Raza Student Commission
Click on the "Research" link at the top of this page (within Home >> Research) for other types of help with preparing proposals to fund research projects.
To report any links above that fail to connect, contact Ann DePasquale at firstname.lastname@example.org.