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Volunteer Opportunities

Outreach

Students with Kids at Congdon Science Night

Get Involved

We offer UMD students many ways to make a difference in their community. Our focus is to inspire a love of STEM in K-12 students and beyond.

Be a part of the community by mentoring the scientists and engineers of the future.

These Biology students are sharing their expertise with kids at Congdon Science Night.

We have opportunities galore for students that would like to make a difference in our community. 

Want to Volunteer?

Step 1: Look through volunteer activities below, on our calendar, or contact Amy for help

Step 2: Sign up for your activity on Track it Forward 

Step 3: Complete the Volunteer Training

Volunteers with our program get the chance to share their passion for UMD and science and engineering fields.

What do volunteers do?

You may volunteer for as little as a one hour session or as often as once a week.

We want to know what works best for you so we can design an experience that helps you build your resume and ensures your time is well spent. 

We offer a wide range of opportunities:

  • Presentations
  • Leading activities or demonstrations
  • Assisting with tours or events
  • Serving as a science fair judge and/or acting as a peer mentor for young students

We host a lot of events on campus, too so you may be able to help with a one-day event like STEM Discovery Day or Astronomy Day.

Check back for more upcoming events.

Volunteer Activities

We use an online Track It Forward calendar to share all of our volunteer opportunities and coordinate sign-up and volunteer hours. Your volunteer hours and events will be tracked online to help resume building!

Please sign up for an account and fill out a few details to get signed up and track your volunteer hours!

Piedmont Elementary In-School Sessions

UMD students visit Piedmont Elementary School during school hours to facilitate fun, hands-on activities designed to get kids excited about STEM. We provide training to volunteers and ensure they're familiar with the kits we've assembled to coincide with the students' classwork and MN standards. Click below to learn more and sign up.

Thurs March 28, Electric Circuits (5th grade, science/physics)

Denfeld High School After-School Tutoring

UMD students visit provide after-school tutoring and mentoring at Denfeld High School as part of the Denfeld After School Happenings (DASH) program. Volunteers needed from 3:30-5:30 on Thursday afternoons (carpooling available!) or for an hour during that time. Need to fill out an application at Denfeld at least a week in advance of tutoring. Especially appreciate volunteers who can go regularly, but all are welcome to help out! Click below to learn more and sign up. 

Thurs 3/21, Thurs 3/28, Thurs 4/4, Thurs 4/18, Thurs 4/25, Thurs 5/2

On campus

We have events you can help with on campus

Sat Mar 30, STEM Discovery Day (middle and high school students)

Sat Apr 6, Upward bound STEM activities (high school students)

Other off-campus

We often have other interesting events off campus. Check back for details