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Established by the NCI Center for Cancer Training, we seek to form partnerships with schools in the DC-MD-VA area, that wish to have scientists in the classroom, assistance with curriculum, and/or attend science-themed events. This site is geared towards volunteers at NIH, and will keep you updated on our upcoming events with our various partners. We will also post any other opportunities that are of interest to our volunteers. To learn more about us please be sure to visit the pages (found on the right). If you are interested in signing up to be a volunteer or to partner with us, please contact Chanelle Case Borden at chanelle.case@nih.gov.

Statistics lecture - Wheaton High School

The Biomedical Innovations class (12th grade) at Wheaton High School needs a guest lecturer on statistics for Monday, December 4th, from 8:40-12:30 (three class sessions). The lecture slides are already prepared, so the volunteer will just need to familiarize themselves with the material and add in their own experience as needed.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please email Cora at cora.hersh@nih.gov.

Guest speaker opportunities - Wheaton High School

Over the next couple of months (through mid January), Wheaton High School needs guest speakers to go along with their 10th grade "Human Body Systems" curriculum. The timing is flexible and can be worked out between the speaker and the school coordinator. Presentations should be ~30-40 minutes, plus questions. The following speakers are needed; please let us know if you or someone you know may be interested in giving a presentation on your career!

1. Someone who analyzes DNA
2. Diabetes research
3. Biochemist
4. Endocrinologist
5. A lunch and learn about any of your backgrounds and how you came into your field

If you are interested in presenting, please email Cora at cora.hersh@nih.gov.

Support for Legacy Projects - Wheaton High School


We have a new volunteer opportunity coming up with Wheaton High School. The seniors at Wheaton are tasked with creating Legacy Projects, innovating solutions for the health challenges of the 21st century. The students are to design solutions to challenging, open-ended problems on clinical medicine, physiology, biomedical engineering, and public health.

We have been asked to help mentor these students with experimental design and data collection for their projects, most of which cover general/public health and mental health. To help Wheaton meet their needs, we will host several seminars and one-on-one consultation sessions with the students (specific times and dates TBD but over the next few months) to help them develop testable hypotheses and determine the best ways to gather the data.

If you are interested in assisting in this project or have additional questions, please email Chanelle at chanelle.case@nih.gov


Event 4: Career Day - Hyattsville Middle School

We have been invited to present at the annual College and Career Day at Hyattsville Middle School on November 3, 2017 from 9:00-10:45am.  The goal of this program is to help students be "better prepared to enter the workforce, be productive, and be responsible citizens." 


We will need 1-2 volunteers for this event.  Presentations should be 40 minutes in length and you will present twice to 25-30 students ranging from 6th to 8th grades.  The recommended format includes: related school subjects, education/training, personal skills necessary in your field, visual applications, etc.  A continental breakfast will be served at 9:00am, prior to the start of the day.


If you are interested in attending this event, please contact Cora Hersh at cora.hersh@mail.nih.gov.

Additional Volunteer Opportunity - AAAS Science in the Classroom

AAAS Science in the Classroom is looking for volunteers to assist in the annotation of scientific research papers.  Please click here to find out additional information. From their page:


"As a Contributor, you will have the opportunity to share your science knowledge with aspiring scientists, to contribute to the enhancement of STEM education by making primary literature papers accessible to a diverse audience, and enhance scientific literacy. You will gain valuable science education and communication skills and gain insight into potential careers away from the bench. Contributors are also mentioned on the Science in the Classroom website."

Event 3: Bacterial Conjugation Lab

Our third event will be a Bacterial Conjugation lab at Wheaton HS on October 16,2017, with the Medical Innovations (11th grade) students. The day will be broken up into two time slots:


Session 1- 8:40-10:17am
Session 2 - 12:53-2:40pm


Continuing with bacteria and antibiotic resistance, the students will be plating two types of bacteria on plates containing various antibiotics.  The students will be testing if bacterial conjugation alters the antibiotic resistance of the resulting strains.  This lab is fairly intense, given the time frame, so we will need at least two volunteers per session.  If you are available and are interested in attending, please contact Cora Hersh at cora.hersh@mail.nih.gov.

Event 2: Antibiotic Resistance Lab

Our second event will be an Antibiotic Resistance lab at Wheaton HS on October 2, 2017, with the Medical Innovations (11th grade class).  The day is broken up into two time slots:


Session 1 - 8:40-10:17am
Session 2 - 12:53-2:40pm


Student will be learning the difference between Gram negative and Gram positive bacteria and what that means in terms of antibiotic resistance.  The lab consists of observing agar plates of bacteria with small discs soaked in various antibiotics.  The students will measure the zone of inhibition as an indicator of antibiotic resistance.  For this lab, we will need at least one volunteer per session.  If you are available to and interested in attending , please contact Cora Hersh at cora.hersh@mail.nih.gov for additional information.

Event 1: Communication Workshop

Our inaugural event will be a Science Communication workshop held at Poolesville High School on September 5-6th, 2017. The rising seniors at Poolesville are required to complete a summer research internship in STEM, and write a formal report summarizing their findings in the fall upon their return.  Although the topics may be diverse (students are at NIH, NIST, Univ of MD, and other institutions), the foundation is the same. This workshop will teach students how to communicate their science through writing a formal report.


The workshop will be broken up into two parts.  On the first day, we will review the components of a scientific paper, using both student examples from published journals, as well as from Poolesville HS.  On the second day, we will actually work through additional examples and have the students edit the examples themselves.


For this event, we will need 2-3 volunteers who are able to attend for 2hrs during the workday.  This is not an NIH-sponsored event, please make sure that you have permission from your PI to attend.  Please contact Cora Hersh at cora.hersh@nih.gov if you are interested in attending.

About this page







NCI Scientists in the Community is a science outreach organization that seeks to encourage STEM in the community. Established by the NCI Center for Cancer Training, we seek to form partnerships with schools in the DC-MD-VA area, that wish to have scientists in the classroom, assistance with curriculum, and/or attend science-themed events.  This site is geared towards volunteers at NIH, and will keep you updated on our upcoming events with our various partners. We will also post any other opportunities that are of interest to our volunteers.


If you are interested in signing up to be a volunteer, please contact chanelle.case@nih.gov.