Be a Mentor!

Welcome to MORE!  We are here to provide graduate students and post-docs opportunities to mentor high school students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

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Volunteer to be a science fair judge!
Dec 22, 2017 - Posted by MORE

Chicago Public Schools is looking for scientists, mathematicians, and engineers to help judge the north regional high school science fair Friday January 12, 2018. All STEM professionals are welcome, from aerospace to zoology.

The event will take place at Northeastern Illinois University, ~ 20 minutes from the EV Campus and ~30 min from the CH campus (map:

The fair runs from 8am-12pm but you are welcome to judge only for an hour or two – whatever time you can give is greatly appreciated! There are usually 80-100 projects that need to be judged, so they are grateful for any help they can get!

Judges will be provided with breakfast and lunch.

Use the link below to sign up to be a judge.  One of the questions asks for the school or name of who recommended you, please put "Mather".

Volunteer opportunity!
Dec 19, 2017 - Posted by MORE


Be a MORE@NW Mentor!
Sep 12, 2017 - Posted by MORE
MORE at Niles West is seeking mentors for the 2017-2018 academic year! 
Please fill in the FORM if you would like to sign up to be a mentor!
See below for details about this outreach opportunity and feel free to email one of the co-coordinators with any questions.
Eligibility:  Anyone in STEM fields!  No previous experience is required!
Time Commitment:  Typically less than 1 hour per week, answering emails and possible skype/google hangout calls
How do you mentor? Dispense advice about feasibility of designed experiments, help students design robust experiments with a defined input and output within their cost constraints, and coach them to be resilient if their experiments don't work out the first time. There are also opportunities to suggest research projects related to your research. In some cases, you can invite the student you are mentoring to NU's campus for experiments, but these are special cases and are not the expectation.
Meet and Greet with NW students (September 19 @ 4 PM):
This event will be held at Northwestern. Attendance is not mandatory to be a mentor but this event provides an opportunity for mentors to meet with Niles West students to learn about each other’s scientific interest. It is a lot of fun to talk to the students you might be paired with and listen to their project 
Mentor Outreach Opportunity - BioBuilderClub
Sep 06, 2017 - Posted by MORE

BioBuilderClub is currently recruiting volunteer mentors - grad students, post docs, and scientists in the field.

The BioBuilderClub engages high school teams around the world who combine engineering approaches and scientific know-how to design/build/test their own project ideas using synthetic biology. Our rallying cry is "all you need is a good idea and we'll teach you the engineering to bring it to life."

We launch with a kickoff meeting in October, support teams through monthly online group meetings, provide monthly newsletters, pair teams with STEM mentors, and provide a nationally recognized platform in March to exhibit projects at any stage of completion, from pitch to prototype.

Last year we had teams whose biological engineering designs and ideas ranged from a biological breathalyzer to pesticide breakdown, production of fire-resistant housing insulation, and cleaning up salt runoff from winter icing.  Several of our teams participated in BioTreks, an international peer-reviewed synthetic biology journal.

The minimum time contribution expected of mentors is 1 hour per month (October - December), and 2 hours per month (January - March) spent with your assigned team, which includes a suggested monthly team call and the remaining time to be available for email correspondence.  

Mentors primarily serve as a resource for teams, particularly as they work toward their project to be exhibited at the Final Assembly in March. Mentors are invited to join monthly BioBuilderClub group calls, and attend the Kick-off and Final Assembly events (in person or virtual).  

We request that interested mentors please complete the mentor sign-up form here. New mentors are encouraged to visit, and view a Club newsletter to get a better idea of what BioBuilderClub is all about.


Volunteer at the Back to School Jam!
Sep 06, 2017 - Posted by MORE

The Chicago City of Learning is seeking volunteers for their Back to School Jam, a free event for Chicago youth and teens. This festival of learning is a place where youth of all ages can sample programs offered citywide to meet their every interest! Last year, the B2SJ was attended by roughly 1,000 students and their family members.

The Back to School Jam is being held on Saturday, September 23rd at Jones College Prep (700 South State St.) from 12 – 4pm. Volunteers are needed from 10am – 4:15pm. Food will be provided for volunteers throughout the day and all event volunteers will receive two free White Sox tickets!

 Alongside the Digital Youth Network and Chicago City of Learning teams, your role as a volunteer will be to interact with kids and their families, helping them claim the digital badges they earn while participating at the event. There will be a brief training session for volunteers on the morning of the event to make sure you are adequately prepared and informed.  

If you would like to volunteer, enter your information here. Please forward this information on to anyone you feel would be interested in volunteering at this event. We so appreciate your help!

Please direct volunteering questions to OSEP Research Program Coordinator Emily DePalma.