Initiatives

Science Club is an afterschool, mentor-based science program for middle school youth. This program brings graduate student mentors together with small groups of students to conduct fun and engaging scientific investigations. 

The mentorship-based, science education model includes:

  • A focus...

HELIX is both a digital magazine and a training program to help scientists build public science communication skills.

 Any scientist at Northwestern can participate. Our editor works with all contributors to hone writing skills and develop storytelling techniques with the ultimate aim of presenting scientific content to...

Science Explorers pairs scientists (Science Education Fellows) with small groups of freshmen biology students to help students build science skills and achieve academic success.

Support and training includes:

  • A focus on long-term academic relationships. Fellows meet with students twice a week during the school day...

About the Contest

Scientific research generates new understanding and innovation – but it can also yield unexpected, often breathtaking, beauty. This contest, and its subsequent exhibitions pique curiosity, providing new gateways into research and creative...

In this 10-week seminar – co-taught by Science in Society and Medill School of Journalism, Media, and Integrated Marketing Communications – Northwestern graduate students hone their writing skills through authentic writing assignments for general readers. The course is supported by TGS and open to all STEM+ PhD candidates....

EvanSTEM seeks to improve access and engagement for students who have traditionally underperformed or have been underrepresented in STEM programs. This community collaboration aims to connect and coordinate Evanston STEM education providers in their efforts to do so. Led by District 65 and funded by the Noyce Foundation, EvanSTEM is...

Designed specifically for kindergarten through 5th grade, Junior Science Club hopes to foster excitement, curiosity, and interest in science. Kids meet every other week for hands-on experiments with real scientist volunteers from Northwestern graduate programs. Junior Science Club explores all scientific fields, including biology,...

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...

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...

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...

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