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Outreach Programs

The Compass Project

The Compass Project is a self-formed group of graduate and undergraduate students in the physical sciences at UC Berkeley. Their goals are to improve undergraduate physics education, provide their members with opportunities for professional development, and increase retention of students, especially those from populations typically underrepresented in the physical sciences. Compass fosters a diverse, collaborative student community by providing a wide range of services, including a summer program, fall and spring semester courses, mentoring, a research lecture series, and other academic and social support. Their efforts have been recognized by the American Physical Society, who presented Compass with the 2012 Award for Improving Undergraduate Education. For more information visit: http://www.berkeleycompassproject.org/about/

Fusion Science Theater

Fusion Science Theater is the home of a new form of science show that does it all. Fusion Science Theater shows entertain, inspire interest, and most importantly, teach children science concepts and processes : http://www.fusionsciencetheater.org/

Kindergarten to College: UC Berkeley in Schools

Dozens of UC Berkeley outreach programs and initiatives work with K-14 faculty and administrators, along with parents and community members, to support students from kindergarten to community college. For more information on campus wide programs visit: http://outreach.berkeley.edu/

Stiles Hall

Helping low-income inner-city youth stay in school: http://www.stileshall.org/volunteer/

Upward Bound

The Upward Bound Program serves 127 low-income students from local high schools, providing academic support, college motivation and counseling, career advising, social/cultural activities, and detailed college admission assistance. The Upward Bound Math and Science program allows the Department to fund specialized Upward Bound math and science centers. The program is designed to strengthen the math and science skills of participating students: http://upwardbound.berkeley.edu/home

Community Resources for Science

Bringing scientists to the classroom: http://www.crscience.org/volunteers/aboutbasis

College of Chemistry Scholar's Program

Promoting and advancing opportunities for students in groups historically underrepresented in chemistry and chemical engineering: http://chemistry.berkeley.edu/ugrad/current-students/scholars-program

Expanding Your Horizons

Encouraging young women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics: http://www.expandingyourhorizons.org/about/index.php

College Tools for Schools

This is a web-based tool kit for California high schools eager to expand the number of students going to college: http://collegetools.berkeley.edu/index.php

Black Engineering and Science Students at UC Berkeley (BESSA)

A student run non-profit organization that provides academic, social, and community support: http://ucbessa.berkeley.edu/

For More Information

For more information about UC Berkeley Outreach programs check the College of Chemistry website.

Science Programs for K-12

The Science Olympiad

The Science Olympiad is one of the premiere science competitions in the country. It is a team competition for American elementary, middle, and high school students which incorporates science and engineering into their challenges. The organization is dedicated to improving the quality of science education and increasing interest in the science fields. For more information about participating in the Northern California Science Olympiad or becoming a mentor visit: http://www.norcalscienceolympiad.com/content/about.htm

YouSTEM for San Francisco Bay Area

Find local opportunities for K-12 students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math: http://youstem.org/main/discover/?type=0&local=0&season=0&grade=3&costType=0#subjects

Summer Maths and Science Honors Academy (SMASH)

SMASH is delivered by the Level Playing Field Institute, which is committed to eliminating the barriers faced by underrepresented people of color in STEM subjects. The program is open to high achiveing, low income High School Freshman of color. If accepted students are enrolled on the program for three summers at variouis Californian University campuses, including Berkeley. More information can be found here: http://www.lpfi.org/

Educational Accomplishments

Awards and Honors

Michelle Douskey, Senior Lecturer, UC Berkeley, Department of Chemistry. Awarded Iota Sigma Pi Centennial Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2013

Chris Chang, Professor, UC Berkeley, Department of Chemistry. Awarded Noyce Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching 2013

Steven Pedersen, Senior Lecturer, UC Berkeley, Department of Chemistry. Honored as one of The Princeton Review's "Best 300 Professors". See full article

Funded Projects

Asturias, Harold, The Lawrence Hall of Science, 30,450, UC Office of the President, Bay Area Mathematics Project Site (Jan 13)

Johnson, George C., UC Berkeley Engineering Department, 50,000, Amgen Foundation, Cal Teach Berkeley Summer Institute: Research for the Next Generation of STEM Teachers (Jan 13)

Totino, Joanna, 25,310, UC Office of the President, Bay Area Science Project Site (Jan 13)

Cuff, Kevin E., The Lawrence Hall of Science, 150,000, Stephen D Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, Engaging Underserved Communities in High Quality Environmental and STEM Education Activities (Dec 12)