Social and Outreach Activities

Social Activities

UPE Breakfast

Wednesdays at 9AM, Grainger Hall Sundeck (2nd floor)
Join your UPE colleagues for informal discussion, coffee and bagels!

UPE Seminar Reception

Tuesdays at 4:30PM, French Family Science Center (FFSC) courtyard
Join us in welcoming the weekly UPE seminar speaker with beer, sparkling water, and even more sparkling conversation. Pizza is provided for local speakers.

Biology Department Happy Hour

Fridays at 4:30PM, BioSci lobby (winter) or FFSC courtyard (nice weather)
Drinks and fun at the end of the week (year-round). Not just for biologists!

Outreach Activities

Women in Mathematics (WAM) Mentoring Program: WAM is looking for graduate students and post docs to serve as mentors for eighth grade girls in the Durham public school system. The commitment entails approximately 1-2 days a month from January until May. Mentors take their mentees on field trips and bring them in to work to see science in action. If you are interested please fill out an application, which can be found on our website

Girls on Outdoor Adventure for Leadership and Science (GALS): This program consists of scientific lessons, hands-on environmental investigation and experimentation, and small group activities and discussions – all while backpacking through the beautiful wilderness.

Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering, and Science (FEMMES): This is an outreach program for young women in Durham to encourage their interest in STEM fields. Check out their website:

Science Under the Stars: Volunteer for the Duke Chemistry Department’s Annual ‘Science Under the Stars’. It occurs every fall:

Invite-A-Scientist Program: Visit NC public schools through NC Science Festival’s Invite-A-Scientist Program. Check out their website and keep your ears perked for planning in the fall/winter.

Science Fair Judge at North Carolina School of Science and Math: Be a Science Fair Judge at NCSSM; this usually happens in early February.

Museum of Natural Sciences: Participate in the Triangle SciTech Expo at the Museum of Natural Sciences for Biotechnology Day.

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