Pitt Volunteers Overview
If you ever had an inspirational teacher, role model or mentor, you probably still remember how important they were to you. Perhaps you had a teacher who gave you challenging math problems that really got you thinking, or you heard a talk by an astrophysicist who opened your eyes to the wonders of the universe. If you're a scientist, chances are someone encouraged you or provided a unique hands-on opportunity that got you excited about science - and helped you to realize your potential while giving you the confidence to explore your dreams.
At the University of Pittsburgh we recognize the numerous contributions of students, staff, postdoctoral fellows, residents, and faculty in the Schools of the Health Sciences are essential to help create dynamic science education programs. As volunteers, each of these dedicated individuals serve as positive role models for the next generation of students, their teachers, and community supporters.
If you are a student, postdoctoral fellow, resident, clinical fellow, staff member, or faculty member in the Schools of the Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, the Office of Science Education Outreach, Health Sciences, invites you to consider becoming a PITT Health Science Volunteer.
Entering Mentoring Training: Becoming a Mentor for High School and Undergraduate Students
The goal of this program is to assist participants with accelerating the process of learning to be a mentor. This workshop will provide new mentors with an intellectual framework for mentoring, an opportunity to experiment and try approaches to the mentee-mentor relationship, and a forum in which to explore and resolve mentoring dilemmas with the help of peers. To learn more and to register for this workshop, visit the Entering Mentoring page. Registration is now open for the winter session.
How to Get Involved
If you are interested in serving as a PITT Health Science Volunteer, consider starting with a local activity in your community and/or school district. You might offer your knowledge and expertise to help a teacher in Grades K-12. You may alternatively, consider helping a school student to realize their potential in math or science by becoming a mentor. Even an email of encouragement from a “real” scientist can help inspire a young student.
Please see the Discover page for Grades K-12 student opportunities and the Explore page for Undergraduate student research opportunities to look for ways you can contribute to an ongoing program that explains how science works.
Background checks are required for anyone who will have a significant likelihood of regular contact with children. The clearances required are: 1) Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare Child Abuse History Clearance; 2) Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check; and 3) FBI Criminal Record Check. Please visit the University of Pittsburgh Office of the Provost website for more information.
Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania is a youth development organization designed to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. Junior Achievement programs are taught in grades K-12 by volunteers from the local professional business community. Each year, over 3,000 volunteers in Western PA from diverse backgrounds - high school and college students, corporate citizens, parents, and community leaders - lend their time and energy to equip students with the tools necessary to succeed in a competitive economy by teaching Junior Achievement programs in the classroom. If you are interested in making a difference in the lives of our future leaders by volunteering your time to teach for the day, please contact Amanda Laichak at firstname.lastname@example.org
Become a PITT Health Science Volunteer
If you have questions or a general inquiry, staff members in the Office of Science Education Outreach (OSEO), Health Sciences, at the University of Pittsburgh are available to answer your questions. Please send us an email and we will do our best to answer your questions and provide you with appropriate information.
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The Office of Science Education Outreach, Health Sciences, at the University of Pittsburgh offers an electronic newsletter that features interesting information on science education activities and opportunities. Please sign-up for the free “How Science Works” electronic newsletter at Stay Connected.
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