Teaching & Outreach

Are you interested in teaching, volunteering or gaining science outreach experience? Here are a few opportunities at University of Chicago and beyond with which you can get involved. Join the Teaching & Outreach committee to help create additional teaching opportunities.

Info session on a new Outreach Program Weds 12/6 at 12p


  • Vist the Chicago Center for Teaching for workshops and courses on teaching instruction. Sign up for their listserv to receive email notifications of upcoming teaching courses and opportunities.
  • The Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) is an NSF Center for Learning and Teaching in higher education. CIRTL uses graduate education as the leverage point to develop a national STEM faculty committed to implementing and advancing effective teaching practices for diverse student audiences as part of successful professional careers. The goal of CIRTL is to improve the STEM learning of all students at every college and university, and thereby to increase the diversity in STEM fields and the STEM literacy of the nation.

Volunteer / Outreach Opportunities with Students

  • Bio-Rad Science Ambassador Program: Bio-Rad provides scientist volunteers with materials for DNA cheek swab precipitations, which you can use to facilitate a volunteer outreach event with students.

  • Expanding Your Horizons Chicago: EYH Chicago is a one-day conference where 200 middle school girls participate in hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math workshops.

  • MSI Junior Science Café: Give an interactive demonstration/lecture to families visiting the Museum of Science and Industry. Cafes are usually scheduled once a month and follow certain themes.

  • Splash/Cascade: A UChicago student volunteer group that teaches science or other courses to high school kids on campus.

  • Neuro Club: Run by UChicago undergraduates and geared towards teaching Neurobiology to high school kids.

  • Society for Neuroscience: Several public outreach events including brain awareness days and working with local teachers to volunteer.

  • Paradigm Shift: A science outreach program that pairs University of Chicago students with small groups of middle school students for weekly interactive, discussion-based lessons and science fair help.

  • Mad Science of Chicago: Part time job teaching K-6 kids around the city and suburbs at after school science enrichment programs.

  • The Think Tank is a mobile neuroscience lab and education station, powered by the Experience and Cognition Lab at The University of Chicago to accelerate diverse participation in STEM.

  • Project Exploration is a nonprofit science education organization that works to ensure communities traditionally overlooked by science—particularly minority youth and girls—have access to personalized experiences with science and scientists.

  • Sisters4Science is a Project Exploration program where girls explore science after school through hands-on experiments led by female scientists.  The experience exposes girls to positive role models and unique perspectives.

  • The Curiosity Machine is an online community of scientists, engineers and children creating together to solve Engineering Design Challenges.

  • Dream On Education provides the brightest 6-8th graders in at-risk communities with tutoring, mentoring, and cultural and professional exposure.

  • Materials Research Science and Engineering Center runs after school science clubs, assists with school science nights, and hosts public outreach events with K-12 students. 

  • Artifice is a community tech center in the Woodlawn neighborhood that teaches youth how to build website, make video games, build robots, repair computers, and more!

  • STEM Scouts STEM Scouts is a co-ed program for 3rd- 12th grades that meets once a week at various schools and organizations throughout the Chicagoland area, many in near north neighborhoods. 

Volunteer / Outreach Opportunities with Adults