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Outreach Opportunities and Events

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NCI Scientists in the Community seeks to benefit students and teachers in the greater Washington, D.C. area.  We also seek to help NCI participants gain additional skills in program management, teaching, mentoring, and leadership.  Volunteers are welcome to participate in a scheduled event or participate in an ongoing opportunity with flexible days and times.  Please email to sign up today!

Volunteers are responsible for signing up for the events as they occur, participating in any necessary meeting and/or training(s) prior to the event, and arriving in a timely manner. For events that occur during work hours, please talk to your supervisor and make sure you have their full support before attending.

If you are running late or need to cancel attendance at an event, please contact the program coordinator as soon as possible. Repeated tardiness or cancellations will result in termination from the program.

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Upcoming Events

November 2, 2019 - Nation’s Capital Girl Scout Expo: Dulles Expo Center

We are looking for volunteers to help out at our booth during each of these 3-hour blocks: 9am-12pm; 12pm-3pm; 3pm-6pm. Theme: How we use animal models in research and give them a taste of histology and cell biology.

November 20, 2019 – Lunch and Learn: Wheaton HS

A "lunch and learn" seminar is an opportunity to share your research and your career path with students during lunch. This month’s speaker will be Jarrett Johnson, Ph.D. A "lunch and learn" seminar is an opportunity to share your research and your career path with students during lunch.

Past Events

Journal Club: Poolesville High School (September 3, 2019)

A presentation introducing the concept of a Journal Club is and why it is important.  Provide background information and high school journals for students to use as a reference.

Journal Club: Poolesville School (September 10, 2019)

A demonstration of both the journal club leader and discussant with the class.  The article for session was “Specific transcription factors distinguish umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells from fibroblasts.”

Science Communication Workshop: Poolesville High School (September 26, 2019)

Held an open Q&A session with the senior classes to assist them in writing their scientific papers and help them prepare for research competitions.

6th  Annual Science Day (October 10, 2019)

Demonstrate how scientists treat cancer with middle and high school students from 11am – 2pm in Natcher.  Through this hands-on-activity, students will learn that if cancer cells are not removed completely during testing, a tumor may grow exponentially and become more challenging to eliminate. If you would like to participate, please contact Chanelle at

Lunch and Learn: Wheaton HS (October 17, 2019)

Dr. Jarrett A. Johnson is a current Cancer Prevention Fellow in the Genomic Epidemiology Branch (GEB) of the Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP) at the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Johnson is currently working with other scientists in his branch to examine the psychosocial and sociocultural factors related to prostate cancer outcomes in men of African descent across the continuum of care.

Ongoing Opportunities

These opportunities are ongoing with flexible days and times. If you are interested in participating, contact us.

Curriculum Development: Learning Undefeated Activities

Learning Undefeated curriculum includes laboratory activities appropriate for a variety of classes ranging from basic biology and chemistry to AP biology and environmental science. All activities are focused on problem-based learning with real-world applications that align with Common Core State Standards (CCSS), Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and Maryland Science Content Standards. Activities include common bioscience techniques such as DNA extraction and agarose gel electrophoresis, and relevant themes such as alternative fuels, bioengineering, and crime scene investigation.

Lunch and Learn Seminar Series: Wheaton High School

A "lunch and learn" seminar is an opportunity to share your research and your career path with students during lunch. There is no requirement for a specific background, but you will get to share the details of how you arrived at your current position. You will have 30-40 minutes to discuss when/how you decided to become a scientist, your path to NIH, as well as any advice you may have for a high school student interested in becoming a scientist. For this opportunity, the timing will be dependent on your schedule and you are responsible for coordinating with Wheaton after the initial sign-up.

Journal Club: Poolesville High School

A journal club was developed for the juniors at Poolesville High School.  Although students will be meeting on the weekly basis, NCI-SC will check-in with the students on a monthly basis (one Friday a month) to manage the progress of the students.

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