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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.

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 STEM 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!

On campus

We often have events you can help with on campus. Check back for updates

Off campus

After-School Tutoring, Denfeld High School (ongoing)

UMD students 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 Tuesday afternoons (carpooling available). 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! 

Tuesdays 3:30-5:30 (at Denfeld):  11/05, 11/12, 11/19, 11/26, 12/03, 12/10

Climate Data Support- Ordean Middle School (ongoing)

Provide skills to examine and analyze climate data for a group project to install solar panels on a local middle school (located one mile from campus). Help students determine valid web-based resources to support their project. Training will be provided. 

Tuesdays 3:15-4:10=  11/5, 11/19, 12/3

Science Project Mentoring- Lincoln Park Middle School (ongoing)

Support creative development of science projects for local middle school students (carpooling available). Guide scientific process and experimental setup for data collection, analysis, and interpretation.  

Fridays 12:30-1:30= 11/811/15, 11/22, 12/6, 12/13

Other off-campus

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