Employment with the Science Squad
The BSI Science Squad is a team of scientists from the University of Colorado at Boulder who visit Denver area classrooms to lead hands-on science activities with K-12 students. Graduate students, post-doctoral research associates, and recent PhD and MS graduates from the CU-Boulder departments of MCD Biology, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Integrative Physiology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Anthropology, Engineering, Geography, and Neuroscience (PSYCH) are encouraged to apply for these positions.
Like a teaching assistantship, these appointments are usually half-time (20 hrs/week per 16 week semester), although quarter-time appointments are possible. Unlike teaching a university course, however, you would be bringing hands-on activities related to your field of expertise to youth.
Recruitment for Science Squad begins in late January of each year with an informational meeting. If you would like to learn more about the Science Squad, ask questions and receive an application, you are encourage to attend. To find out the date, time and location of this meeting, please email us.
You may be asked to teach a workshop for teachers and/or to assist with outreach programs on campus. You will be required to attend monthly meetings. All of these activities are included as part of your 20 hour/week time commitment. The Science Squad position is from September 1 to May 31, of each academic year.
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In addition, being a member of the Science Squad is a rare opportunity to share your knowledge and skills with young people throughout the community and to serve as a positive role model. Former Science Squad members have found this work to be very rewarding. Some of their comments include:
"This work has given me the opportunity to take my skills and experience and do something meaningful with them."
"I think my best contribution as a member of Science Squad was showing that a minority person could be a good scientist and a teacher. I feel that I provided a different perspective as to who is a scientist."
"I hope I was able to help educate students in some way that they will remember what I've taught them and use this information throughout their lives."