Volunteer 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 ncisc@nih.gov 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.

Upcoming Events

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year!  Please check back for more events in early 2019! 

Past Events

Glucose Tolerance Lab: Wheaton High School (October 25, 2018)

Volunteers provide assistance to the teacher by distributing reagents, adjusting lab equipment, and answering any questions students have regarding real life applications of the techniques.  Note: for labs with multiple time slots, you can sign up for one or multiple time slots.

Career Day: Hyattsville Middle School (November 5, 2018)

Strengthening the student population positively impacts the community as a whole as Hyattsville MS endeavors to provide students who are better prepared to enter the workforce, be productive, and responsible citizens. Therefore, you are cordially invited to make a career presentation during our College and Career Day event. Presentations should be 40 minutes in length and you will present twice to 25-30 students ranging from 6th to 8th grades. 

Lunch and Learn: Wheaton High School (November 14, 2018)

SPEAKER NEEDED!  A "lunch and learn" seminar is an opportunity for NIH scientists to share their research and career path with students during lunch. 

Science Communication Workshop: Poolesville High School (September 5, 2018)

“A Guide to Writing a Scientific Paper” was an interactive session that provided an overview of how to write a scientific paper to the senior class in the Science, Math and Computer Science program.

Lunch and Learn: Wheaton High School (October 17, 2018)

Jamie Diemer, Ph.D. spoke with students about her research experience in NHGRI, with particular focus on her excitement about learning new technologies in her field such as single-cell sequencing and teaching herself coding to help her understand her data.

Ongoing Opportunities

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

Think Like a Scientist: Wheaton High School

This seminar series was developed to expose students to the critical thinking demonstrated by various professions. Think Like a Scientist is a two-part series that occurs over a two-week period. The first seminar is designed to discuss your background and present a situation or problem that is typical to the profession. The second seminar is an exchange of ideas between the students and the investigator on how best to solve the problem. These seminars are to developed by the volunteer and reviewed by the NCI-SC administrators before presenting. The timeline will be based solely on the volunteer's schedule and coordinated with Wheaton High School.

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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