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.

Event 8: Chromosome Spread Lab - Wheaton HS

Help is needed on February 21st and 22nd for a Chromosome Spread lab.  The students are tasked with dropping samples on slides, staining the slide, and properly finding chromosomes using a microscope.  In the past, the students have had difficulty properly dropping the samples, as well as locating the chromosomes under the microscope.  If you have any experience with either of these areas, please sign up!  Each class is 90 minutes, so you can sign up for one or multiple classes.

Wednesday:                                                 Thursday:

   Period 2 8:40-10:17                                     Period 3: 8:40-10:17
   Period 4 10:22-11:59                                   Period 5: 10:22-11:59
   Period 6 12:55-2:30                                     Period 7: 12:55-2:30

Howard University is Looking for Volunteers for Saturday Programs

The Howard University School of Pharmacy is supporting two Saturday programs for 9th  and 10th graders (http://healthsciences.howard.edu/education/colleges/pharmacy/center-excellence/components/summer-enrichment/high-school-HOPSCIP).  The Health Occupation Program or HOP focuses on 9th graders interested in healthcare professions (although this also includes biomedical professionals) and the STEM Career Intervention Program or SCIP is dedicated to exposing 10th graders to non-healthcare STEM professionals. The HOP students meets from 10 am to 12 pm and the SCIP students meet from 1 pm to 3 pm.  Both programs meet on the Howard University campus.  The organizers are looking for speakers for both programs on the following dates: February 3, March 3 and April 14.  The format is a discussion about your career field followed by a hands-on activity.  If you are interested, please contact easterc@mail.nih.gov.

DC STEM Network - Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer as a Science Fair Judge with St. Peter School

Volunteer to be a Science Fair Judge! St. Peter School is seeking judges for the annual Science Fair, which is hosted for students in Grades 4-8. The ideal candidate would be a student (undergraduate/graduate), post-doc, or a retired STEM professional. The Science Fair will occur in Washington, DC on February 1 from 8:15 am-1:30 pm.


This will be a great opportunity to support STEM education in elementary and middle schools and to encourage the next generation of scientists and engineers.  As a judge, you will question the students about their projects and judge their display boards using a judging rubric. If you are interested in this opportunity, please email volunteer@dcstemnetwork.org with the subject line: St Peter School.


Volunteer as a Science Fair Judge with Eagle Academy

Eagle Academy Charter School (DC) starts early to get students excited and interested in the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics!  Eagle Academy is hosting the 2018 Science Fair on March 9th, from 9 am- 12 pm. The Science Fair will be hosted for grades PK3- 3rd grade. If you are interested in this opportunity, please email volunteer@dcstemnetwork.org with the subject line: Eagle Academy.  


Volunteer as a STEM Exhibitor or Judge at Harmony DC STEM Fest

Harmony DC STEM Fest is seeking volunteers to host an interactive STEM exhibition or to participate as STEM judges on February 24th, 2018. Harmony Public Charter Schools, student groups, regional corporations, museums, educators, and national labs are join forces to present hundreds of activities that range in complexity to entertain people of all ages.


Harmony PCS hopes to increase awareness of the critical role science and other STEM fields play in our world every day. DC STEM fest offers opportunities for people of all ages to get involved, help the community, and further explore STEM concepts. If you are interested in this opportunity, please email volunteer@dcstemnetwork.org with the subject line: Harmony STEM Fest. 

Brainstorming NCI-SC Science Nights in the DMV

As you know, this year we partnered with Loiderman MS, Wheaton HS, and Poolesville HS to bring NCI scientists into the classroom.  Next year, instead of additional school partners, we are thinking of creating a NCI-SC Science Night that we can take to various schools throughout the DMV. We are looking for fun experiments/exhibits, ideas for schools to partner with for this endeavor, and individuals who wish to help manage this phase of the program.   If you interested in helping us plan this next stage of our program, please  contact Chanelle at chanelle.case@nih.gov.

Interested in managment experience?

We will be joining forces with the Office of Communication and Public Liaison (OCPL) for the USA Science and Engineering Festival on April 7-8, 2018 (https://usasciencefestival.org/).  If you are interested in assisting the management team, which will be responsible for 1) generating great ideas for the table, 2) attending/facilitating meetings prior to the event and 3) managing the volunteers for the event, please contact Chanelle at chanelle.case@nih.gov.

Event 7: Think Like a Scientist - Wheaton HS

The "Think Like a Scientist" seminar series was developed to expose students to the critical thinking demonstrated by various professions.  For our series, we will be presenting on how to interpret science in the news.  We are constantly bombarded with information, and have make decisions based on said information.  How do we determine what is fact and what is "fake news?"  Developed by Cora, we will be teaching students the difference between the two (seminar 1) and tasking them with writing their own news briefing (seminar 2).

Seminar 1 will take place on January 22, 2017 from 12:00-12:45pm.
Seminar 2 will take place on February 6, 2017 from 12:00-12:44pm.

If you are interested in participating in either one of these sessions, please contact Cora at cora.hersh@mail.nih.gov.  If you have an idea for a workshop and you would like the opportunity to develop and present it, please contact Chanelle at chanelle.case@nih.gov.

Event 6: Poster Judging - Poolesville HS

Earlier this summer, we gave a scientific writing workshop to the teachers and students at Poolesville HS.  Now, the students have completed their papers and will be presenting their work during a poster session in the evening of January 4th (time TBD).  We are looking for volunteers to review their hard work and provide feedback on their research.

If you are interested in participating, please contact us at ncisc@nih.gov.

Event 5: Test Your Own Genes lab - Wheaton High School

New classroom volunteer opportunity on Tuesday, December 19th:

The Medical Interventions class is performing a “Test Your Own Genes” lab, which includes a PCR component. Volunteers will help the students with the PCR experiment and discuss their own use of PCR/other genetics techniques in their research.

We will need volunteers for two time slots:
8:40 am – 10:17 am
12:53 pm – 2:30 pm

If you are interested in volunteering, please email us at ncisc@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 us ncisc@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.