Opportunities in the Community
Volunteering is a great way to get involved in the community while building transferable key skills, such as leadership and communication, needed to succeed in your future career. Here are some of the countless volunteer opportunities in the area:
Getting involved with advocacy efforts is a great way to promote the importance of science at the community level and beyond, especially if you are interested in policy careers.
How to Advocate
- FASEB Advocacy Toolkit – Learn how to write to congress, receive legislation action updates, plan a congressional visit, and more
- ACS Advocacy Toolkit – Legislative Meeting Do’s and Don’ts
- ASBMB Advocacy Toolkit – Tips for working with Congress
- Coalition for the Life Sciences Advocacy Tips
- Ecological Society of American Advocacy Toolkit – Policy resources & Guidebook
- How to Act4Chemistry with ACS
- How to prepare for meeting with members of Congress
- National Science Policy Network
- Take action with the American Cancer Society Action Network
- “A quick guide to effective grassroots advocacy for scientists” by Connie Lee, PhD – Assoc Dean for Basic Science and Kellyann N. Jones-Jamtgaard, PhD in Molecular Biology of the Cell 8/1/2017.
- National Postdoc Association – Guide to Advocacy
Federal Science Funding Information
- NIH Federal Funding Illinois Fact Sheet FY 2015
- Illinois State Summary for NIH, NSF, UDSA, & DOE
- Federal Research & Development Funding Trends
- Appropriations for Science Agencies FY 2015 – FY 2017
Science Policy Issues and Position Statements
- Biophysical Society
- American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
- American Society for Microbiology
- Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
- Future of Research
- Ecological Society of America
- American Society for the Advancement of Science
- American Geophysical Union
- American Physical Society
- American Society for Cell Biology
The ultimate way for postdocs to stay in touch!
To facilitate some quick communications and to enhance the community building practice amongst our postdoc community, we have a postdoc slack channel. Pick and choose channels that suit your interests and chat with friends and colleagues.
Please join here and use your “uchicago.edu” email to sign up.
Teaching / Outreach Opportunities with Students
Since postdocs at UChicago have not been traditionally allowed to serve as TAs, finding other creative ways to gain micro-teaching experiences in the community has helped BSD postdocs interested in teaching careers gain teaching and outreach experience.
Bio-Rad Science Ambassador Program 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 is a one-day conference where 200 middle school girls participate in hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math workshops.
- Splash/Cascade is UChicago student volunteer group that teaches science or other courses to high school kids on campus.
Neuro Club is 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.
- 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.
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.
- Tutoring Chicago offers free one to one tutoring services to economically disadvantaged children in grades 1-6.