Science Fair Mentors Needed

Dear Chairs, Faculty, Postdoctoral Trainees, and Graduate Students:

We, the University of Virginia scientific community, have a significant outreach opportunity that can have a powerful impact on local and regional students interested in the sciences. Our U.Va. community is filled with potential mentors (faculty, postdocs, and graduate students), and we have a chance to encourage and inspire the next generation of scientists. Mentoring student research for the science fair is part of many other STEM outreach activities U.Va. is undertaking to broaden our impacts and engage our local community, such as the High School Science, Technology, and Engineering Research Program (HooS-STER, http://www.virginia.edu/hoosster.)

Mentors will be asked to make 2 or 3 visits to local schools during which they will offer feedback and advice to students who are developing science fair projects. In the past, this kind of mentorship has helped students not only place well in the fair, but accomplish good science and learn about the research process. A small donation of your time can help U.Va. play a vital role in helping build a better future for the world through science education. If you are interested in making a difference, please contact Michelle Prysby, A&S Director of Science Education and Public Outreach (mdp4u@virginia.edu, 243-4292) and Daniel Gioeli, PhD at dgg3f@virginia.edu.

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