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Upcoming Outreach Events

Excolo Seminars’ STEM Seminar Initiative

SFUSD Classroom Speaking Opportunities

SFUSD Intern Hosting

Science and Health Education Partnership


Excolo Seminars’ STEM Seminar Initiative

Excolo Seminars was founded just recently by an undergraduate research intern in the Marson Lab, Jeffrey Perera. The general population’s view on researchers is generally limited to data that is published (numbers, figures, findings, methods, and approaches) and not the inspiring stories that bring to light one’s come up, personal background, and the notion that careers and success in these academic fields are possible. For an industry that is struggling with diversity and inclusion, teachers and principles are captivated. He has started working with underserved schools across the nation to allow scientists to zoom into (or attend in-person) classes and give seminars focused on their rise to success.As a seminar speaker, you will give one 60-minute seminar on your story in science. The last 15 minutes of the talk will be a networking opportunity for the high school audience.

Volunteering options:
1. Give a seminar to a live audience in the upcoming Fall Semester.
2. Record a Seminar (No live audience) within the upcoming weeks to be posted on the site and used as an extra credit opportunity when the Fall Semester starts.
*All seminars will be recorded and posted on Excoloseminars.org.*

Time: 2022 Fall Semester.
 
 
Information websitehttps://www.excoloseminars.org/

SFUSD Classroom Speaking Opportunities

Life Academy and Rudsdale Newcomer Highschool are looking for life scientists to speak in their classrooms!

The first opportunity would be for a cell biologist or someone who studies cancer to talk to 9th graders on a Tuesday afternoon from 1:45 - 3:45 at Life Academy. (If multiple folks are interested, we could do multiple days). This could be virtual, although in person preferred. Any Tuesday in October or November could work.

The second opportunity is for a microbiologist of virologist to speak with students at Rudsdale Newcomer Highschool. It would be really really wonderful if this person could speak Spanish, or come with someone who does. At this school, all students arrived in the US within the past 3 years and many have very limited English. They will be studying bacteria and viruses and we would love for them to understand what a scientist does as well as how that person came to be a scientist. 

Anyone interested in either opportunity can email me at [email protected].

Time: 2-hour class interactions

Date: Any Tuesday in September or November

Location: Life Academy is located at 2101 35th Ave in Oakland. Street parking is usually available on 34th and 35th St.

Sign-up: Please email Dr. Emily Frank ([email protected]).


SFUSD Intern Hosting

SFUSD is looking to place eight SFUSD HS interns at UCSF this fall. Do you know of anyone on campus that may want to welcome a paid HS intern(s) for the fall? Here are some highlights:

- SFUSD interns are available 10-15 hours per week.

Hybrid arrangements are highly encouraged.

- Nominal in-person supervision required since interns are back in school. Students have Wednesday afternoons to come to UCSF.

- These interns are already onboarded and ready to work.

- UCSF hosts have the option of keeping an intern until May 2023 (SFUSD will continue paying the intern).

- The UCSF Center for Science, Education & Outreach will provide support to UCSF hosts during an intern's tenure in your office/department.

- UCSF hosts can ask for more than one intern.

Date: 2022 Fall

Location: On campus

Sign-up: Please email Angel-Max Guerrero ([email protected]).


Science and Health Education Partnership

Looking to…

… inspire the next generation of young scientists? 

… get involved in the San Francisco community?

… gain experience in science communication?

Volunteer with the Science and Health Education Partnership (SEP) this year!

Through SEP’s programs, UCSF staff, faculty and students partner with public school teachers from the San Francisco Unified School District to: Bring fun health & science lessons into teachers' classrooms; Help K-12 students develop accurate ideas about scientists; Support students' realization that that they could become a scientist or health professional; Reinvigorate your own love of science! 

How does it work?

  1. Meet your teaching partners over dinner at an orientation in November to learn more about the program and start planning and scheduling the lessons.

  2. Teach three to four lessons in teachers’ classrooms between December and March.

  3. Give feedback for program improvement and share your experience.

Info session:

If you are interested in learning more about our programs, please register and join one of our upcoming info-sessions for UCSF volunteers:  

Thursday, September 22nd - 9:00AM - 9:30AM

Tuesday, September 27th - 12:00PM - 12:30PM

Thursday, September 29th - 12:00PM - 12:30PM

Tuesday, October 4th - 4:00PM - 4:30PM 


Past Outreach Events

2022 Bay Area Science Festival

2022 SEP High School Intern Program (Mentors & Program Volunteers)

2022 CURE High School Intern Program

2022 SFUSD High School Intern Program

2022 UCSF-Lowell Science Research Program

2022 AI4ALL

2022 SFUSD Summer Series

2022 NexGeneGirls Summer Internship

2022 Mission Graduates - Writing Partners Program

2022 UCSF First Gen Mentorship

2022 Annual Oakland Unified School District Biotech Topics and Careers Conference

2022 Letters to a Pre-Scientist

2022 BOBA - Mentoring SFSU Students


Bay Area Science Festival

BASF is a celebration of the unique science and technology of the BayArea. Scientists from our local universities, companies, and museums will share their stories, passion, and fun science activities, as they highlight the excitement of science in the Bay Area!


SEP High School Intern Program

SEP’s High School Intern Program hosts high school juniors from San Francisco public schools for this paid summer internship opportunity. Under the guidance of scientist mentors, interns will gain authentic research experience as they complete a short-term research project, develop a better understanding of science and career opportunities, and become part of a professional community. All interns in the High School Intern Program come from backgrounds underrepresented in science.  


CURE High School Intern Program

The CURE High School Summer Internship gives African American and LatinX high school juniors a paid research experience and college application support. We look for faculty, postdocs or graduate students to be mentors for these students. Postdocs or graduate mentors will receive a $500 stipend.


SFUSD High School Intern Program

UCSF seeks hosts for underrepresented (Black/African American, Latinx, Native/Indigenous, AAPI) San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) high school summer interns interested in learning about the health sciences and its related careers. The interns are paid by SFUSD, and the UCSF Center for Science Education & Outreach office handles the onboarding process for the interns.


UCSF-Lowell Science Research Program

This program is a collaboration between the UCSF MSTP and the Biomedical Sciences (BMS) graduate program and San Francisco’s Lowell High School that seeks to introduce high school students to the world of science, teach them laboratory techniques, and inspire a passion for research and discovery. The hope is that over nine weeks, student interns learn about the scientific process while helping further the research being performed. At the end of the nine weeks, student interns present their work from the summer at a symposium hosted by the internship program. 


AI4ALL

The UCSF AI4ALL three-week program will host talented U.S. high school students who want to learn about Artificial Intelligence applications to Biomedicine with a focus on machine learning approaches. This free program, co-led by Drs. Marina Sirota and Tomiko Oskotsky, target students from backgrounds underrepresented in AI. Students engage with UCSF faculty and participate in group research projects guided by UCSF graduate students and staff. The program concludes with a Final Symposium. The program is looking for people to help mentor the students, as well as people to give presentations on their current research.


San Francisco United School District Summer Series

The SFUSD is hosting a variety of opportunities geared toward informing high school students about career paths and the skills necessary to pursue one. This summer, the SFUSD is looking for volunteers to assist in the following three events: Mock Student Interviews, Learn & Earn Career Panel, Health Careers/Personal Journeys Panel.


NexGeneGirls Summer Internship

NexGeneGirls brings rigorous in-person research internships and leadership development to high school females of color from historically excluded communities in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Mission Graduates - Writing Partners Program

Every summer, Mission Graduates pairs Writing Partners with high school students to work one-on-one on writing their personal insight questions (PIQ) for college applications and scholarships, meeting weekly for 6-8 weeks or throughout the academic year. Writing Partners are able to cultivate meaningful relationships with youth and provide them with much-needed support in such an important chapter of their lives. Mission Graduates is looking for volunteers who are experienced in the process of writing and submitting applications; as postdocs, we can offer these students a wealth of knowledge and personal experience from our own lives, and have a unique chance to pass that knowledge onto the next generation! 


UCSF First Gen Mentorship

The First Generation Mentoring Program was created to help UCSF First Gen students connect to faculty, staff, postdocs, residents, and alumni as we know it can be difficult to build mentoring relationships. Mentors can bring a fresh perspective, normalize struggles, help students navigate through their academic and professional endeavors, and serve as a source of inspiration and support.


Annual Oakland Unified School District Biotech Topics and Careers Conference

The 2022 Annual Oakland Unified School District Biotech Topics and Careers Conference is held on September 24, 2022. Volunteers hold workshops and serve on the career panel. The conference will be formatted as 3 x 45 min sessions on various topics in biotechnology (very broad definition) followed by a Careers in Biotechnology Panel.


Letters to a Pre-Scientist

Letters to a Pre-Scientist pairs middle school students with real STEM professional pen pals from all over the world in a school-based letter exchange program. STEM professionals are paired 1:1 with a student, or “pre-scientist” for the duration of the school year and exchange four rounds of letters. You’ll help plant seeds that support students to discover possibilities in STEM!


BOBA - Mentoring SFSU Students

BOBA (Brain Outreach Bay Area, the outreach team of the neuroscience DEI committee) has an exciting outreach opportunity to be a mentor for undergrad students from San Francisco State University who are applying to graduate school! As a mentor, you will help 1-2 students by providing feedback on the personal statement for their Ph.D. application. The time commitment is about 3-4 hours over the course of the fall. You will primarily help the student with their personal statement but this will also be an opportunity to get to know the students and answer their questions about life as a Ph.D. student or postdoc.