Outreach and Social Activities



  • Volunteer for WAM, Women in Mathematics Mentoring Program. They are looking for graduate students and post docs to serve as mentors for eighth grade girls in the Durham public school system.  The commitment entails approximately 1-2 days a month from January until May.  Mentors take their mentees on field trips and bring them in to work to see science in action.  If you are interested please fill out an application, which can be found on our website http://www.womenandmathmentoring.org/ Applications are due on September 15. 
  • Volunteer for FEMMES (Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering, and Science).  This is an outreach program for young women in Durham to encourage their interest in STEM fields. Check out their website.


  • Volunteer for the Duke Chemistry Department’s Annual ‘Science Under the Stars’. It occurs every fall.
  • Visit NC public schools through NC Science Festival’s Invite-A-Scientist Program. Check out their website and keep you ears perked for planning in the fall/winter.


  • Be a Science Fair Judge at NCSSM; this usually happens in early February
  • Participate in the Triangle SciTech Expo at the Museum of Natural Sciences for For Biotechnology Day on April 5th


Social Activities

UPE Breakfast

Wednesday’s at 9am in Biological Sciences 139

Graduate Afternoon Seminar (ESP division of the Nicholas School of the Environment)

Fridays 4pm in LSRC A156

Relaxed forum for graduate student presentations and afternoon snacks with other Nicholas School PhD students, contact Zachary Brecheisen and Ryan Huang in the Nicholas School. 

Biology Department Happy Hour

Fridays at 5:15pm, often in the BioSci lobby or in front of FFSC — Contact Cody Davis in the Biology Dept.