Outreach Opportunities

PiN students do not have to fulfill a teaching requirement to earn their degree, but the Program strongly encourages students to participate in some sort of teaching or outreach experience.  In addition to working as a Teaching Assistant in a Harvard undergraduate or graduate course, students may participate in any of the following outreach opportunities:



Harvard Neuro Blog.  PiN students are the driving force behind the Harvard Neuro Blog.   The stated goal of the blog is to "share exciting science and relate our experiences."  The Neuro Blog gives PiN students the opportunity to gain experience in writing about the complex scientific topics that interest them for a non-scientific audience.


AP Biology Hinton Scholars ProgramHinton Scholars AP Biology Program is an after-school enrichment program that provides tutoring to Boston Public Schools (BPS) high school students, particularly underrepresented minority and/or low income students. The program is designed to enhance understanding of AP Biology concepts, provide laboratory exposure, and increase knowledge about careers in science. 


Basic Science Partnership.  The mission is to provide high school students and teachers with a resource for discovering the nature of the scientific process and understanding how basic research is conducted.  In order to augment the curriculum at partner schools, we will work with teachers to design activities that integrate well into the classroom experience.  Over the course of each semester, teaching assistants (TAs) will participate in weekly group tutorials for an advanced level group of students here at Harvard Medical School, in addition to several visits to the partner high school to establish hands-on activities for the introductory level curriculum.  Over the course of the summer, graduate students can also work as TAs with a small group of summer interns who carry out projects in labs with the Cell Biology Department; this involves mentoring a weekly data/journal club and helping students prepare presentations of their projects and results. 


HMS KIDS (Kindling Interest in Doing Science).   HMS KIDS (Kindling Interest in Doing Science) is run in collaboration with the HMS Basic Science Partnership and the Boston B-SAFE summer program. Each summer, we put on a hands-on, two week science enrichment program for middle school students to show them how fun science can be! Our program takes place at two sites: the Epiphany School in Dorchester and St. Stephen's Church in the South End, and we need volunteers! Volunteers design lab-based lessons with demonstrations, and they work closely with the students to help them understand the larger concepts. 


Cambridge School Volunteers.  CSV is the private, non-profit agency that recruits, trains, places, and supports volunteers in the Cambridge Public Schools, grades K-12. At the K-5 level, volunteers serve as one-to-one and small group tutors, classroom and library assistants, early math and literacy tutors, and more. After-school homework helpers are always needed at the five middle schools serving students in grades 6 through 8. At the Cambridge Rindge & Latin School (CRLS, the city's public high school), volunteers provide one-to-one tutoring before, during and after-school, as well as classroom assistance, Science Olympiad advising, college planning and essay writing help, and more. 


Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program (HPREP).  HPREP is a HMS sponsored high school enrichment program organized by graduate students to recruit high schools students from underprivileged backgrounds into careers in science and medicine.  Students participate in seven half-day Saturday sessions from November to February. Sessions include: interactive disease-based lectures, a research project, college mentoring, and ethics discussions. 


The Journal of Emerging Investigators (JEI)The Journal of Emerging Investigators (JEI) is an open-access journal that publishes original research in the biological and physical sciences written by middle and high school students.  JEI provides students, under the guidance of a teacher or advisor, the opportunity to submit and gain feedback on original research and to publish their findings in a peer-reviewed scientific journal. Much of this original work comes from classroom-based projects, science fair projects, or other forms of mentor-supervised research.  Our hope is that JEI will serve as an exciting new forum to engage young students in a novel kind of science education that nurtures the development and achievements of young scientists throughout the country.


Science Club for Girls (SCFG)The Science Club for Girls (SCFG), winner of the 2009 Non-Profit of the Year awarded by the City of Cambridge, is looking for female volunteer-mentors to lead our hands-on science clubs.  SCFG’s mission is to increase the self confidence and science literacy of K-12th grade girls belonging to groups that are underrepresented in the sciences, through free after school and Saturday programs. Girls work with mentor-scientists who model and foster leadership, affirms college as an expectation, and promote careers in science and technology as goals and options. 


Science in the News (SITN).  Science in the News (SITN) is a graduate student public service organization at Harvard University that aims to increase scientific literacy. We use a variety of formats to explain and discuss current high-profile scientific topics with members of the public without exaggeration or oversimplification. At a time when science impacts the daily lives of Americans more than ever before, public understanding of important scientific issues is often not sufficient to empower citizens to make informed decisions. Science in the News feels that it is the responsibility of scientists to act as communicators so that the public can make intelligent decisions when they encounter science in such places as the voting booth, grocery store, or doctor’s office.   


The Science Mentor Program at Boston Latin School.  The Science Mentor Program at the Boston Latin School (BLS, www.bls.org) offers many talented students the opportunity to experience experimental science.  The program also encourages students to excel at various Science Fairs at the school, city, state, national, and international levels.  The program starts in late September and ends the following January when the first of the science fairs begin. During the program a mentor meets with his/her student mentee one or two hours after school each week.  The mentor is to guide the mentee to form a project, to fulfill the project, and to work with the student to hone his/her presentation skills. 

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