Below are current outreach programs being led by or in partnership with biology students and/or faculty.
Many biology faculty are actively engaged in WiSE.
The Natural Science Explorers Program (NSEP)
The Natural Science Explorers Program (NSEP) seeks to inspire scientific curiosity in elementary students through a graduate student-led educational program in collaboration with North Side Learning Center. To learn more, contact NSEP at email@example.com. The NSEP received a mini-grant of $5,000 from the Engaged Humanities Network in 2022.
Biology Department SEEDS/SPUR Summer Fellowship
The biology department provides an annual summer SEEDS/SPUR fellowship. SEEDS (Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability) is a program established by the Ecological Society of America and provides research and professional development support for students from historically underrepresented groups and opportunities to work in ecological and evolutionary labs through their program’s Partnership for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) fellowship.
Diversity in E4 (Ecology, Evolution, Earth and the Environment)
Diversity in E4 is a virtual seminar series organized by a group of graduate students from the biology and Earth and environmental sciences departments in the areas of ecology, evolution, Earth and the environment with the purpose of increasing the visibility of scientists with diverse identities. Following the virtual seminar, there are virtual lunches that allow for networking between the students and speakers. While open to everyone, these seminars are promoted specifically to undergraduate students.
µSURE (Science Undergraduate Research Experience) is a program that offers students at Onondaga Community College the opportunity to work in a research lab during winter break. Students spent a week working with Biology faculty at SU to learn what it is like to conduct research. The overall goal of this program is to expose OCC students to authentic scientific research, which has been shown to increase persistence in STEM. The program is run by OCC faculty member, Dr. Melissa Hicks. Associate Professor Carlos Castañeda has been the primary liaison at SU. Multiple SU Biology faculty participated as research mentors when the program first started in 2022 (see article below) and again in 2023.