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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.

Students with Kids at Congdon Science Night
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: Tell us about yourself and we'll work with you to find the right volunteer opportunity!

Step 2: Complete the Volunteer Training

Step 3: Choose an activity at the bottom of this page.

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!

Congdon Science Night

Friday, November 2 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Congdon Park Elementary School

UMD students, faculty & staff set up booths in the Congdon elementary school gymnasium with hands-on science activities galore. It's a fun, highly engaging event that lasts only a few hours so it's ideal to get a sense of how fun volunteering with our program can be!

Sign up here

Piedmont Elementary In-School Sessions

UMD students visit Piedmont Elementary School 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.

Wed Oct 24, Water Filtration Setup (4th grade, environmental science/ engineering)

Thurs Nov 15, Body Defenders (4th grade, biology/health)

Thurs Nov 15, Matchbox cars and ramps for distance (5th grade, math)

Thurs Dec 6, Creating rocks from crayon shavings (4th grade, geology)

Thurs Dec 6, Matchbox cars and ramps for speed (5th grade, math)

Myers-Wilkins Elementary After-School Sessions

UMD students visit a combined group of 4th and 5th graders at the Myers-Wilkins Elementary after school program from 4:00-4:50 pm to facilitate fun, hands-on activities designed to get kids excited about STEM. The DTA bus 11 offers an easy trip to Myers-Wilkins via E. 9th St. We provide training to volunteers and ensure they're familiar with the activities for each session. Click below to learn more and sign up.

Tues Oct 16, Superheros of the Boreal Forest (biology)

Tues Oct 30, Owl Pellet Dissection (biology)

Tues Nov 13, Oil Spill Activity (environmental science)

Tues Nov 27, Water Filtration Setup  (environmental science/ engineering)

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 Wednesday afternoons (carpooling available) or for an hour during that time. Especially appreciate volunteers who can go regularly, but all are welcome to help out! Click below to learn more and sign up. 

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