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Science in Service

Science in Service Mentors

Science in Service is currently on hold for the 2018-2019 academic year. For more information please contact Kelly Beck.

Science in Service is a collaboration of Stanford students, science and engineering faculty, service-learning educators, and community organizations. The program connects Stanford students to youth in neighboring communities through science mentorship and after-school science programs. Current partnerships include the Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula, Ravenswood School District, Puente, and La Honda-Pescadero Unified School District.

Stanford students receive training and practice ongoing reflection in order to deeply engage in conversations about learning and equity in science education. The goal is to create spaces that allow young people to have rich and fulfilling experiences using science as a way of knowing.

Stanford participants will receive

  • Professional development and trainings throughout the year (dinners or snacks provided)
  • Free transportation to and from sites
  • Time commitment is approximately 3 hours a week with sessions from 4:30-6:30pm (Tuesday or Wednesday including transportation time), and 2 enrichment trainings per quarter from 7:00pm-8:00pm.
  • Eligible students may be paid for their time through Community Service Work-Study.

SIS Goals

  • Allow participating Stanford students to gain skills and experiences that are vital to sustaining their personal interest in their own science studies.
  • Provide positive science learning experiences to community youth that will help to build a more scientifically engaged citizenry.
  • Develop leadership in and commitment to public service among college science students.
  • Promote educational equity in science for students of color and students of differing socioeconomic status.
Because this program works with community youth, participation is one academic quarter, two or three consecutive quarters preferred.