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

Outreach Volunteers

Student, community and alumni volunteers are actively engaged in carrying out Swenson College's mission. Volunteers engage and educate young students eager to learn about science and engineering fields.

We're always looking for individuals interested in volunteering. Activities range from presentations, administering activities or demonstrations, assisting with tours or events, serving as a science fair judge and/or acting as a peer mentor for young students. There are opportunities to volunteer for as little as a one hour session or as often as once a week. Opportunities to help are also available for several of our one-day events such as Science and Engineering Day, the Iron Range STEM Showcase or Astronomy Day.

Student Club/Group Outreach Volunteer Incentives

  • Monetary compensation for student clubs based on the number of hours participating in outreach activities
  • Free UMD outreach volunteer T-shirt (to be worn at outreach activities)
  • Free gas cards to cover personal travel to and from local schools
  • Food and beverage provided at sponsored outreach events (such as Science and Engineering Day)
  • Free Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon held in the spring
  • Awards at spring luncheon given based on number of volunteer hours
  • Resume/CV guidance from Faculty or Staff for describing personal outreach activities
  • Personal letters of recommendation or support from local teachers in program for your professional file

Volunteer Registration

To view available volunteer opportunities and time slots please register as a volunteer online.  You can select from a variety of opportunities that fit your schedule and personal and professional goals.  We have upgraded our scheduling software to include the following features.

  • Collecting important information regarding your major, t-shirt size and most importantly if you are a member of a campus club or student organization.
  • You can now select and keep track of your outreach events by syncing the registrations with your calendar.
  • You will be sent reminders for your volunteer slots as well as reminders to log your hours.

Think of the resume building possibilities!

Volunteer Training

You can now perform most of your volunteer orientation and training online. Use the step-by-step instructions below for completing the online portion of your training.  You may still be required to attend a hands-on training at the Outreach office or other location, depending on the type of outreach activity you have selected.  For example, participating in outreach events involving the use of a specific STEM lesson kit, will require that you attend a 45-minute hands-on training so you are familiar with how to lead a lesson and demonstrate the kit activity.

Please check back for new outreach volunteer opportunities for Fall 2017.  Click on the links below to be taken to the volunteer registration page for each activity or event.

  • Elementary School STEM Outreach (Leading STEM Kit Lessons)

Myers-Wilkins (After School Program 2:30 to 4:00 PM twice a month)

Laura MacArthur (After School Club 2:30 to 4:00 PM, twice a month)

Lowell Elementary School (4:00-5:00 PM, twice a month)

Raleigh Edison School (3:45-5:00 PM, twice a month)

Piedmont (During School Program twice a month 1 hour shifts available, times vary)

  • Middle School STEM Flash Lessons (Lincoln Park and Ordean East)

      Give a 30 minute "flash" lesson during school's WIN (Whatever I Need) period.  Currently 10:46-11:16 Tuesday through Friday all year

        You pick the topic, lesson or activity that you would like to perform.  It could be a talk on engineering careers, it could be leading an activity on owl pellet dissection.  The sky is the limit and you choose the subject

        matter!  Simply email the Outreach Coordinator at scseK12@d.umn.edu to discuss options.

  • High School STEM Flash Lessons (Denfeld):

       Give a 30 minute "flash" lesson during school's WIN (Whatever I Need) period.  Currently 10:46-11:16 Tuesday through Friday all year

       You pick the topic, lesson or activity that you would like to perform.  It could be a talk on engineering careers, it could be leading an activity on owl pellet dissection.  The sky is the limit and you choose the subject

        matter!  Simply email the Outreach Coordinator at scseK12@d.umn.edu to discuss options.

  • Iron Range STEM Showcase
  • Science and Engineering Day
  • Robotics Team Mentor (Elementary through High School, local and regional)
  • Science and Engineering School Group Tours/Lesson Lead