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Be An Inspiration

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.

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!


On campus

STEM Discovery Day: STEM Careers of Today & Tomorrow- Saturday March 28

Our signature SCSE outreach event is a fun-filled day with hands-on science, technology, engineering and math activities designed for middle and high school students here at UMD. This year's focus is on STEM careers and volunteers are needed for a variety of help. Volunteer group leaders are provided a free lunch.

Sign up now!

Astronomy Day: Celebrating 30 years of Hubble- Saturday April 4

Help lead fun hands-on activities for the general public at Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium Astronomy Day. Light meal provided for activity leaders. 

Sign up now!

Off campus

After-School Tutoring- Denfeld High School (ongoing)

UMD students provide after-school tutoring and mentoring at as part of the Denfeld After School Happenings (DASH) program. Volunteers need to fill out a Denfeld application at least a week in advance of tutoring for a background check. Carpooling available. 

Tuesdays 3:30-5:30 (plus travel time): 2/112/253/33/173/243/314/144/214/285/5


Climate Data Support- Ordean Middle School (ongoing)

Provide guidance and support for a student-led project to place solar panels on their school. Students are working on a presentation and a video.

Tuesdays (plus travel time) 3:15-4:10=  2/4, 2/112/253/33/173/243/314/144/214/28


Homework Help- Lincoln Park Middle School (ongoing)

Offer academic support and positive adult mentoring in a culturally responsive setting.  Volunteers need to fill out a Lincoln Park application at least a week in advance of tutoring for a background check. Carpooling available. 

Thursdays 3:15-4:30 (plus travel time)= 2/132/273/53/193/264/24/164/234/30