Outreach and Volunteering

 Student-Led Activities / Outreach and Volunteering    

           

Peer Led Workshops: Enhancing Student Success by addressing aspects of navigating research that may not be addressed in coursework or formal training in fully peer led workshops (NO FACULTY).  By keeping the workshops among grad students it encourages participants to speak openly among their peers.

Annual Neuroscience Spring Symposium: An annual student run symposium.

  • Student Chosen Topic

  • Student Invited Speakers

  • Student Talks and Awards

  • Workshops and Panel Discussions

  • Networking

  • Banquet Dinner

Annual Neuroscience Program Retreat:

  • Student Poster Session

  • Student and Faculty Talks

  • Workshops

  • Data Blitz

  • Recreation and fun!

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Local Outreach Events:

  • Michigan DNA Day

  • The Young Scientists’ Expo

  • Detroit Science Center

NGSO – Neuroscience Graduate Student Organization: Provides student representation on NGP committees and leadership roles for NGP events.

  • Organize Social Activities

  • Summer Journal Club

  • Provide Peer Support

  • Extensive Outreach Activities

  • Brains Rule!:  Each spring, the UofM Neuroscience Graduate Student Organization hosts BrainsRule!, an educational outreach program designed to instill a passion for science in local middle school students. Approximately 300 sixth- and seventh-grade students from the surrounding area come to the university for a day of fun hands-on learning activities that focus on the brain and behavior. As science proficiency continues to lag far behind other subjects in statewide K-12 standardized testing, we believe BrainsRule! is critical in engaging our local youth to become interested in science. Our event is entirely volunteer run and operates solely on funds received from donations and university grants.

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NGP DEI Outreach and Activism Task Force

“Our mission is to build the Neuroscience Graduate Program’s community by coming together to make a difference in our surrounding community. We believe that at the foundation of community outreach there are the following four pillars of activism that can be addressed: 

Housing Inequality: Being that Ann Arbor is one of the most socioeconomically segregated communities in the country, we believe that sharing our resources with those around us who are less fortunate is important. 

Community Mentorship: In academia, we all know how beneficial it is to have a mentor to help guide us through our professional lives. Many individuals in our community can also benefit from community mentorship, which can range from helping job-seeking adults with their resume, to providing long-term mentorship to children in foster care, to tutoring adults seeking their GED. Our goal is to develop long-term relationships with individual members of our community in an effort to create opportunities for those who need it most. 

Community Activism: While our other pillars address a specific niche that needs to be addressed, community activism seeks to address needs of the community at large. Many of these efforts seek to provide resources to and empower people of marginalized communities. This includes some of the following: 

-   Handing out or collecting items for soup kitchens or shelters, including food or essential items (e.g., hygiene)

-   Connecting people to resources or social services to combat inequalities, such as voter suppression

-   Providing access to affordable healthcare and healthcare resources 

Environmental Sustainability: The community in which we live is at risk now more than ever due to global warming and climate change. We believe that our responsibility, not only as neuroscientists but members of the community of Michigan at large, is to help protect, nourish, and enrich the environment in which we live. Furthermore, we are committed to addressing issues of economic disparities resulting in food instability, such as food deserts, through activism in environmental sustainability.”

Other science programs at the University of Michigan

Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering and the Sciences (FEMMES)

Graduate/Undergraduate Mentorship in Biology (GUMB)

 Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)

Annual biomedical research conference for minority students (ABRCMS)

 


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