Initiatives

Science Club, an afterschool, mentor-based program for middle school youth developed in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Chicago and Chicago Public Schools (CPS), continues to make a striking difference in the science skills and engagement of its youth members. Originally based at the Pedersen-McCormick Club in Uptown,...

HELIX magazine connects the public with cutting-edge research and scientific frontiers both at Northwestern University and worldwide.

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Science Explorers is a tutoring and mentoring program at Mather High School. Following our successful Science Club model, Science Explorers pairs a scientist with a small group of students. This individualized attention encourages learning, academic growth and confidence in the students. Unique to this program, Explorers meet with...

The same scientific research that generates new understanding and innovation also brings unexpected and often breathtaking beauty. Northwestern University's annual scientific images contest, "Capturing the Beauty of Science," celebrates and showcases the aesthetic side of research. 

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Youth & Opportunity United (Y.O.U) is a youth development organization in Evanston, providing both afterschool and summer programming for underserved Evanston youth in grades 3-12. Science in Society leads weekly afterschool programs where 3-5 graders gain skills and explore the world of science with the support of Northwestern...

Science Club Summer Camp, or SC2, is a practicum-based professional development program for Chicago Public School (CPS) teachers. The roll-out of the Next Generation Science Standards...

This free skills development course is designed to help Northwestern PhD trainees write clearly and speak confidently about their own research, providing a solid foundation for future pursuits in science writing and communication. 

In this small seminar, students hone their writing skills...

EvanSTEM seeks to improve access and engagement for students who have traditionally underperformed or have been underrepresented in STEM programs.

EvanSTEM is a community collaboration that aims to connect and coordinate Evanston STEM education providers, including both school districts, Northwestern, the City of...

Genetics is one of the most challenging subjects to teach in Chicago Public School high schools. To address this need, the Silverstein Genetics Curriculum was developed with funds from the Center for Genetic Medicine Silverstein Endowment. This month-long curriculum was developed in collaboration with biology teacher Laura Decker...

Junior Science Club is an after-school club for the youngest members of the Pedersen-McCormick Boys & Girls Club and True Value Boys & Girls Club in Chicago. Designed specifically for kindergarten through 5th grade, Junior Science Club hopes to increase excitement, curiosity, and interest in science. Kids meet every other...

Each year, Science in Society presents writing awards to two graduate students from the Driskill Graduate Program in the Life Sciences (formerly the Integrated Graduate Program in the Life Sciences). These students explore the context of scientific research and present a...

An important part of research is translating the science and sharing the findings with the general public. Science in Society leverages its connections in the Chicago community to help Northwestern research faculty highlight the impact of their work and meet the criteria for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Broader Impacts...

In partnership with the Initiative for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN), Science in Society developed a new afterschool curriculum, called Eco-Stars, focused on sustainability and recycling. Using a design thinking approach, the curriculum guides...

Beginning in spring 2011, SiS teamed up with Evanston Township High School (ETHS) to share authentic research techniques with more than 30 at-risk students. Once a month, nine Northwestern graduate student volunteers bring hands-on, small-group science activities to two of the school’s general biology classes, augmenting the...

Science in Society partners with other outreach organizations on events aimed at bringing science to the public.

In November 2010, SiS helped organize Northwestern University’s first TEDx event, called “Identity,” which explored how scientific...

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