Outreach and Volunteering


Outreach and Volunteering                  

Are you interested in science outreach, mentorship programs, or volunteer positions within local
organizations? Learn more about opportunities at the University of Michigan and in the
surrounding community below!


Science programs by the Neuroscience Graduate Program

  • BrainsRule!

  • Greater Questions in Neuroscience-GQIN is a colloquium series hosted by students in the Neuroscience Graduate Program that aims to explore unique, neuroscience related topics which are often overlooked in the classroom. For each colloquium, students choose a theme and invite a diverse group of faculty members from various Schools across the UM campus-- including the School of Medicine, Ross School of Business, and School of Art & Design-- to discuss their unique insight on the chosen theme. During each 90 minute session, graduate students facilitate an interdisciplinary conversation amongst themselves, invited faculty members, and undergraduate students to explore concepts underlying the “greater question.” Recent discussions have included: “The Mind on Movies and the Movies on the Mind”; “Altruism: Your Genes vs. Your Group”; and “Beauty and the Brain.”​
  • ​​Saturdays with Scientists at the Michigan Science Center-The Neuroscience Graduate Student Organization regularly collaborates with the Michigan Science Center in Detroit, a nonprofit science museum with a mission to inspire curiosity about STEM in youngsters, to offer Saturdays with Scientists. Neuroscience graduate students organize and lead educational, hands-on activities geared toward encouraging children and families in the Detroit Metro community to learn about the brain. One Saturday each semester, NGP students bring 3D interactive models, lively demonstrations, games, and arts and crafts to excite and teach people of all ages about how the brain works. The group is always looking for enthusiastic volunteers!


Other science programs at the University of Michigan

Volunteer opportunities in Ann Arbor                             


826michigan--Ann Arbor Art Center--Ann Arbor YMCA--Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washtenaw County--Food Gatherers

Michigan Theater--Neutral Zone--Project Grow--Ronald McDonald House Charities of Ann Arbor--Safehouse Center--The Ark