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Volunteer Opportunities

Stanford undergraduates, graduate students and post-docs will find plenty of options here for getting involved in outreach. To receive more information about science research opporuntities, please subscribe to our mailing list.

Stanford Optical Society Outreach

Stanford's OSA/SPIE student chapter is active in outreach to K-12 students and teachers. We offer hands-on demos and exhibits at the Bay Area Science Festival and at professional development programs for local high school physics teachers. 

Society of Women Engineers

SWE sponsors a number of K-12 outreach programs, including Exploring New Worlds, Middle School Outreach, and Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS) competitions called Tests of Engineering, Aptitude, Mathematics and Science (TEAMS).

Educational Studies Program/Splash!

Stanford ESP provides a fun and affordable educational experience for middle and high school students through academic and non-academic classes taught by student volunteers at Stanford. Stanford Splash! runs twice per year on a weekend. Stanford students can run their own classes, sharing their knowledge and creativity with kids.  


The Stanford chapter of Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability (SEEDS) aims to increase awareness of local ecosystems, biodiversity, and sustainability through ecology education and community outreach.

Stanford Polymer Collective

The Stanford Polymer Collective (SPC) holds regular meetings that range from student research talks, industry site tours, and invited speaker presentations. We organize outreach events to educate the public about the exciting realm of polymer-based materials that we interact with every day.

Girls Teaching Girls to Code

Stanford women teach and inspire Bay Area high school girls to explore Computer Science and Engineering. Students learn coding basics, build exciting projects, and develop strong relationships with mentors in the field. The group hosts Code Camp, Brain Busters and several smaller events throughout the year, including workshops and company tours.

Future Advancers of Science and Technology (FAST)

The Future Advancers of Science and Technology (FAST) program is a partnership between Stanford graduate students and students and teachers at Andrew Hill High School, a lower-income public school in East San Jose. We meet regularly with students from underrepresented minority groups to brainstorm projects, carry out experiments, and build prototypes.

Stanford Science PenPals

Stanford Science Penpals connects 6th-12th graders across the U.S. to Stanford scientists, exposing kids to diverse scientific careers, answering science questions, and sharing our love of science!  Penpal exchanges start in September and end in June. 

Stanford GRAMS

Stanford GRAMS (Graduate Researchers, Active Minds, and Science) is a community outreach program where students share their scientific research with senior citizens living in local senior living facilities.

Science Teaching Through Art (STAR)

STAR encourages the intersection of art and science by teaching Stanford researchers at all levels to use art and visual aids in communicating their work to a general audience. After a series of interactive workshops where participants learn storytelling and design techniques, STAR volunteers then visit local high schools for a poster presentation. This program is open to undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral students. 

Stanford ChEM-H Undergraduate Scholars Program

Stanford ChEM-H seeks postdoc mentors to join the Stanford ChEM-H Undergraduate Scholars Program to provide interdisciplinary research experiences to undergraduate sophomores. Postdoctoral fellows will have a unique opportunity to develop a long-term, productive mentoring relationship.

Inspiring Future Scientists: Chemistry Outreach Program

This program arranges classroom visits by Chemistry students to local K-12 classrooms where they give hour-long science lessons showcasing various scientific principles. The K-12 students work together on novel hands-on guided inquiry lab experiences that would otherwise not be possible with the minimal equipment and supplies available at most schools. 

Stanford at The Tech

Stanford @ The Tech is a program that trains Stanford biology graduate students and postdocs in how to effectively communicate science to the public, both in person and in writing. Program participants lead hands-on activities at The Tech Interactive in San Jose, introducing museum visitors of all ages to genetics. .

Project Motivation

Project Motivation, affectionately known as ProMo, is a student group dedicated to promoting higher education to minority youths through on-campus visits and tours.  If you are a Stanford student and you are interested in sharing your experiences with young people, please volunteer.

MRS Outreach Ambassadors

MRS Outreach Ambassadors are graduate students in the Stanford Chapter of the Materials Research Society who offer in-class demonstrations and lectures on the materials of our world, materials of the future, and careers in science and engineering. Volunteers welcome to participate.

Geokids for Second Graders

Second graders from local public schools come to Stanford on a field trip to explore and experience fun and engaging activities and learn about the “work of a geologist” with hands-on educational activities focusing on minerals, rocks, fossils, and soil. Stanford students welcome to volunteer!

Stanford Undergraduate Research Journal (SURJ)

SURJ is an annual, peer-reviewed publication of research articles from all academic fields written by Stanford undergraduates. The SURJ mission is to encourage, recognize, and reward intellectual activity beyond the classroom, while providing a forum for the exchange of research and ideas.

Communication Resources

Scientists Speak Up

Scientists Speak Up encourages scientists from all backgrounds to take responsibility to take action against misinformation. The group will start by focusing on climate change as a means to teach communication skills because climate change impacts all scientists, all fields of science, and is a serious issue for our world. By facilitating ‘communication workshops’ and ‘buzz sessions’ the group promotes interdisciplinary cooperation, builds solidarity among scientists, and establishes a culture of all scientists speaking up.    

Oral Communication Program

The Oral Communication Program provides opportunities for undergraduates and graduate students to develop or improve their oral communication skills. Courses and workshops offer a comprehensive approach to speech communication, including training in the fundamental principles of public speaking and the effective delivery of oral presentations. 

The Hume Center

The Hume Center provide resources to undergraduate and graduate students for every stage of their academic career and for any kind of writing and speaking.

Notation in Science Communication

The Notation in Science Communication (NSC) is a multi-year program that combines coursework, advising and reflection to help selected science and engineering students develop strong communicative literacy. Through the NSC coursework, students also develop collaborative problem-solving skills and strategies for communication across media that will benefit them here at Stanford and in their future professional careers.

Technical Communication Program

The Technical Communication Program (TCP) in the School of Engineering is a writing and public speaking resource for Stanford students of all levels. The TCP offers individual consulting and coaching in addition to a range of courses to help students become more effective writers and presenters.

Stanford Leaders in Communication (SLIC)

Excellent communication is key to a successful career in academia, industry, teaching or anything else that a postdoc might venture into. Through weekly workshops and highly interactive meetings SLIC will help you effectively communicate your ideas, persuade your colleagues and more.

Bay Area Science Communication Opportunties

List of opportunities in the Bay Area, including science cafes and festivals, where you can practice communicating with the public and hone your speaking skills.

AAAS Public Engagement Planning Template

This template, developed by the AAAS Center for Public Engagement with Science, will help you think about a specific engagement goal, audience, and message, the types of activities or communication channels you’d like to use, and the ways that you might evaluate the success of your public engagement.

SciFund Challenge

SciFund Challenge is a nonprofit, scientist-focused organization that empowers researchers to shrink the gap between science and society. They support scientists to connect to the wider world by training them how to engage the public with their science via online classes and training events. They offer free and low-cost online courses.