Outreach: UF CPET Outreach Opportunities

UF CPET offers a number of different opportunities throughout the year that can help faculty, post-docs, graduate students, and the university community meet their outreach goals.  Please see the options listed below for more information about each opportunity.

To get involved in one or more outreach events with UF CPET, please sign up here!

Lab Tours [Year-Round]

Many of CPET’s programs, especially the Special Explorations for Teachers and Students (SETS) program, invite Florida high school teachers and students onto the UF campus for a day of site visits and hands-on activities!  Visiting groups may elect to take a tour of research lab spaces on campus, and we have need throughout the year for labs doing research in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and humanities fields.  This is a great opportunity for graduate students and post docs looking to show off their labs and/or research projects!  If you would like to be added to the list of potential tour destinations, please sign up above!

NSF Broader Impacts [Year-Round]

For faculty submitting grants to the National Science Foundation, we can partner with you to write Broader Impact Statements for your grant. Guidelines from UF’s Division of Sponsored Research can be found on our NSF Broader Impacts & Guidelines page.  Interested faculty should contact Dr. Mary Jo Koroly, korolymj@cpet.ufl.edu.

Research Mentors for the UF Student Science Training Program [Summer]

For over 50 years, the University of Florida Student Science Training Program (UF SSTP) has partnered with the University community to provide a research participation program for rising high school seniors. Please see our Research Mentor page for more detail about  participating as laboratory hosts for this year’s University of Florida Student Science Training Program (UF SSTP).

Lectures and Workshops for Academic Programs [Summer]

CPET’s summer programs provide a means for faculty to share their research with high school students and secondary science teachers from all over Florida.  These workshops and interactive lectures are suited for a wide array of subjects, from life sciences to physical sciences to the humanities.  If you are interested in presenting your research and working with these groups during a summer program, please sign up above!

Graduate Student and Post-Doc Instructors for SSTP Seminars [Summer]

As a component of the Student Science Training Program (UF SSTP) participating high school students take an Honors Seminar in Scientific Inquiry course. Graduate students and post docs from a variety of STEM fields are encouraged to apply to lead the course, under the direction of Dr. Mary Jo Koroly. Interested graduate students and post docs should form their own group of 2-4 people to lead the class and create a proposed topic and syllabus. Selection of instructors takes place in the spring.

Symposium Judges and Research Paper Reviewers [January]

The annual Florida Junior Science and Engineering Symposium has a variety of opportunities for faculty, lab manager, and pre-professional students to do outreach through judging, reading papers, facilitating and lab tours. Additional information on available JSEHS opportunities can be found on the Symposium Outreach Opportunities page.

Other Opportunities

Alachua County Science Fair

Judges are needed each year for science fair dates in November and December. Judging categories include: Behavioral and Social Science; Biochemistry; Botany; Chemistry; Computer Science; Earth & Planetary Science; Engineering/ Environmental Science; Mathematics; Medicine & Health Sciences; Microbiology; Physics & Astronomy; Zoology

For more information, please contact Pam Fitzgerald of the Alachua County Public Schools Speakers Bureau – fitzgepp@gm.sbac.edu or 352.955.7250 (x272)