Community Outreach

The CNS Women in Science Initiative is committed to nurturing the development of girls and women’s engagement with science in communities beyond the university

Eureka!

Starting in the summer of 2013, a group of 35 eighth-grade girls from the greater Holyoke Massachusetts area were selected to participate in a hands-on science-related learning program, Eureka!, through a collaboration between CNS and Girls Inc. of Holyoke. Eureka! is a nationally recognized program designed to engage girls 12-18 to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. The program provides access to college campuses and academic STEM experts who act as program facilitators and coaches, as the girls continue through high school. More than 60 CNS faculty and graduate students volunteered to offer four weeks of STEM classes for Eureka! student scholars. Eureka! will continue in the summer of 2014.

Read more about the first summer

Watch video

For more information or to volunteer for Eureka!, contact:

Martha Baker, CNS Assoc. Dean, mbaker [at] cns [dot] umass [dot] edu

Jane Markarian, CNS Outreach, jlmarkar [at] cns [dot] umass [dot] edu

Volunteering for Eureka!

To volunteer to participate in the summer program, contact:
professor Simi Hoque, simih [at] eco [dot] umass [dot] edu

The 2014 summer Eureka! program will run from July 7 – August 1 2014. We expect to offer workshops for 4-6 groups of 10-15 girls. Workshops can be one morning or afternoon (2 hours) session or longer (2-3 morning or afternoon sessions). Possible activities with the Eureka! scholars include introducing your research, taking a field trip, showing your lab, teaching how to become scientists, engineers, or scholars.