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


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! is a five-year program, and brings back the previous cohorts to campus to experience additional STEM activities as well as to mentor the incoming cohort.

Read more about the first summer

Watch video of the first year

Watch video of the third year

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 Christine Hatch, chatch [at] geo [dot] umass [dot] edu

The 2016 summer Eureka! program will run from early July -early August. 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.

Eureka in the news

Environmental Health Sciences faculty members inspire girls to pursue STEM learning