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 curriculum and giving students the opportunity to learn from real scientists in training. Twice a year, the students visit Northwestern’s campus, where they get a taste of college life as well as a behind-the-scenes look at University research.
In 2013, ETHS hosted the gallery opening event for the Scientific Images Contest. This provided an opportunity for science and art classes to tour the gallery, meet some of the winning scientists and discuss the composition of, and research behind, each image. The success of this event has sparked discussion about future collaborations with ETHS surrounding the Images Contest, which SiS looks forward to discussing in the upcoming year. View photos from the event on the SiS Facebook page.