The Environmental Science Institute provides STEM Ambassadors, undergraduate and graduate students from STEM majors at UT who volunteer at K-12 career fairs and STEM festivals. In the 2017-2018 school year, we interacted with over 1,000 K-12 students and 600 parents and educators during community outreach events.
All STEM Ambassadors attend a workshop to assist them in developing grade-appropriate and interactive STEM activities.
Environmental Science students as well as undergraduate and graduate students from any Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) major at UT are welcome to become a STEM Ambassador. The program is a great opportunity to share your STEM experiences with the community while gaining outreach, leadership and communication skills. To participate as a STEM Ambassador:
- Attend the 2-hour workshop hosted by ESI. New workshops will be added in Fall 2018.
- Complete 6 hours of STEM community outreach during the school year. Must volunteer with ESI for one of the following events Hot Science – Cool Talks, Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, Explore UT and Earth Day Austin.
- Participate in additional outreach opportunities shared by ESI (STEM festivals and school career days).
Ambassadors have until the end of May to complete outreach activities. ESI will provide a certificate to all STEM Ambassadors who complete outreach. If you have additional questions about the program, contact Didey Montoya, Outreach Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-471-4211.
To request participation of a STEM Ambassador in K-12 career fairs or STEM festivals, send an email to Didey Montoya at email@example.com with the following information:
- Event Name
- Date and Time
- Grade level(s)
- Number of participants expected
ESI will do its best to accommodate requests. Due to the limited number of volunteers available, we currently do not have volunteers who can lead K-12 classroom visits, in-class presentations or field trips. If interested in having a volunteer visit your classroom or lead hands-on activities, please submit your request to Texas STEM Connections. As we continue to grow our program, we hope to expand the community engagement opportunities we offer.