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Outreach opportunities

This page lists local and remote outreach opportunists to explore. Join 10+ visibility campaigns, share stories, passions, and (of course) science on 30+ platforms, inspire younger generation though 10+ mentoring programs, judge 5+ science competitions, etc.

Visibility campaigns:

  • #UniqueScientists – a visibility campaign that celebrates the diversity in science by highlighting the journeys of scientists from all over the world. Submit your profile here.
  • 46 Questions for Scientists showcases the diversity in scientists. Make people aware of you answering 46 rapid-fire questions. Submit nomination here.
  • 500queerscientists – a visibility campaign for LGBTQ+ people and their allies working in STEM and STEM-supporting jobs. Share your story here.
  • LGBTQ+ STEM strives to improve LGBTQ+ visibility in STEM. Tell your story here.
  • Disability Visibility Project is dedicated to creating and sharing disability media culture. Follow the instructions to tell your story.
  • SCI-MOM Journeys aims to bring visibility to the challenges mothers in science face. Share your journey here.
  • FabFems sign up to become a female STEM role model.
  • The female Scientist is online magazine that wants to draw a realistic picture of the female scholars and build a community. Register and write and article about your research and your experiences as a female scientist here.
  • 1 million women in STEM campaign spotlights 1 million women working in STEM to provide visible role models. Get involved here.
  • See It Be It STEM It is Canadian visibility campaign that aims to empower both our current and future women in STEM. Only few American scientists are highlighted so far! Nominate potential role model here.
  • STEMinist aims to increase the visibility of women in STEM by aggregating and featuring their stories. Submit a profile here.
  • The STEM Squad aims to build inclusive community of support to uplift females as they pursue careers in STEM. Submit a profile here.
  • #MeeTooSTEM anonymously highlights stories of victims of sexual harassment and assault. Make your voice heard here.
  • HeForShe is an invitation for men and people of all genders to stand in solidarity with women. Commit to create a bold, visible and united force for gender equality here.
  • SACNAS Biography Project highlights Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans PhDs in a STEM. Submit nomination here.
  • #VanguardSTEM is a web-series featuring women of color and or non-binary person of color in STEM. Submit nomination here.

Science journalism and blog posts (general or field-specific):

  • Journal of Stories in Science – submit your story in science to inspire future generations of students and public. Instructions are here.
  • The Conversation is online platform where you can explain new research and its significance for a non-expert audience. Pitch you idea.
  • The Ensia Mentor Program offers scientists an opportunity to build communication skills and professional network by creating content for Ensia under the guidance of an experienced communicator. Sign-up for a program is here.
  • ​Science Talk is a science communication platform. Email Science Talk to discuss the details.
  • EurekAlert! is a news-release distribution platform maintained by AAAS. Refer to guidelines.
  • Undark Magazine publishes various forms of science-related pieces of work (Q&A, features, book reviews, podcasts, etc.). Submit your proposal here.
  • accepts guest posts that broadly fit topics on the intersection of science and culture or daily life. Pitch post idea via contact form.
  • SciReach aims to build a community of science communicators. Submit your idea for column or feature here.
  • I Am SciComm – the rotating Twitter account to post about activities, reading, experiences, and thoughts on #SciComm. Sign up to become account curator for the upcoming week(s) here.
  • The Story Collider – pitch personal ten-minute story about science and get invited to talk to a public about it! Submit your pitch. You could also sign up as a volunteer.
  • The Open Notebook is a website dedicated to helping science journalists cultivate fundamental skills. If you have a successful pitch to share, please send it, along with a link to the story, to this email.
  • The Plainspoken Scientist – write a post for for science communication blog about furtherance of the Earth and space sciences. Fill out the application here.
  • Global Policy is an interdisciplinary magazine about solutions to global problems and issues. Contribute here.
  • Storybench – a “cookbook for digital storytelling.” Send your pitch to this email.
  • ChEnected by AIChE is an online community created for and by young professional chemical engineers. Contribute to blog here.
  • Oceanbites is the website that communicates oceanography-related topics to a general audience. Become a contributor here.
  • Astrobites is an astrophysical journal that presents scientific papers in a brief format that is accessible to undergraduate students. Submit a guest post here.

Science journalism and blog posts (target audience-specific):

  • Epilepsy Sparks shares interesting and inspiring stories regarding epilepsy. Pitch your idea here.
  • TrowelBlazers is looking for for guest posts about pioneer women in archaeology, geology, and palaeontology. Submit your writing here.
  • Women in High Performance Computing (WHPC) aims to bring together women in computing, encourage women to engage in outreach activities, and improve the visibility. Sign up to blog about females and/or HPC here.
  • Women In Archaeology is a podcast and blog about archaeology, run for and by women in the field. To contribute follow the instructions.
  • Sister publishes stories that illuminate experience of  women and non-binary people in STEM. Write for them.
  • 1000 STEM Women Project a video library where female scientists post 90 second descriptions about their work. Follow the instructions to submit your video.
  • STEM Women aims to make STEM more inclusive, currently focusing on females. Submission guidelines are here.
  • Women's Media Center strives to increase women’s influence in the media. Details are here.
  • Mama is an Academic – write a blog post about being an academic AND a mother. Follow the instructions.
  • STEM + Culture Chronicle published stories by and about STEM students and professionals of color (and allies). Send your pitch here.

Mentoring (online and local):

  • MentorNet matches U.S. students in STEM with STEM professionals for 4-month mentorship cycle. Join the network here.
  • The Junior Academy is an elite group of problem solvers made up of talented students (ages 13–18), STEM experts, and companies. Become a mentor here.
  • Invention Convention Worldwide activate "STEM + Invention + Entrepreneurship" education through competitions and events. Become a mentor here.
  • Curiosity Machine supports students in engineering design challenges. Current opportunity AI Family Challenge, sign up here.
  • Mentoring365 is an opportunity for Earth and space professionals to serve as mentors for younger generations. Submit your application here.
  • iCouldBe is connects high school students with professionals working in careers that the students may want to pursue. All spots are filled for now, the next session will open soon. You also could add your name to the wait list.
  • Project Access helps to unlock top universities (Dartmouth is one of listed schools) for underprivileged students. Sign up here.
  • UStrive connects high school students with a mentor to guide them through the college application process. Enroll here.
  • TransMentor gathers trans and non-binary volunteers to be a friend/mentor to others that lack support or are new to transitioning. Volunteer as a mentor here.
  • oSTEM's Mentorship Progam empowers LGBTQ people in STEM. Join as a mentor or a mentee here.
  • 1000 Girls, 1000 Futures matches young women (aged 13-18 years old) interested in STEM with female STEM professionals. Registration opens in November, apply here.

K-12 competitions (online and local):

  • eCYBERMISSION is an online STEM competition for students in 6-9 grades. Cyber guides, ambassadors and virtual judges are needed. Ambassadors are accepted in rolling basis, other opportunities will open during Fall. Sign up here.
  • Conrad Challenge give students (ages 13-18) the chance to become entrepreneurs. Registration for online judging opens in January 2020 here.
  • New Hampshire Science and Engineering Fair: on-site judges are needed. Registration will open early 2020.
  • Future City provides bring authentic STEM experience for middle school students: they design cities (using SimCity). Enroll as a judge (or as a mentor, or as a volunteer) for 2019-2020 competition here.
  • The Maine State Science Fair: on-site judges are needed. Registration will open early 2020.
  • Western Massachusetts High School Science & Engineering Fair. Register to serve as an on-site judge, application goes live early 2020.

Become resource:

  • The National Role Model Directory is a source for finding professionals from a wide range of STEM careers. Create a profile here.
  • FabFems helps to identify women in STEM. Create a profile here.
  • DiversifyChem aims to help symposium organizers, award committees, search committees, etc. identify chemists who might diversify their pool. Create a profile here.

Other outreach:

  • Letters to a Pre-Scientist – is a "pen pals" program that matches scientists with middle school students from high-poverty schools. Sign-up to become a pen pal for the 2019-2020 school year here (no formal deadline, but registration will eventually close prior to the beginning of the school year)
  • Skype a Scientist get invited for Skype talk and spend 50-60 minutes talking to kids about science. Sign up here.
  • People Behind the Science is a podcast focused on the top researchers through interviews. To recommend a scientist, send email here.
  • Science-A-Thon is a social media “marathon” to share pictures and stories of how we live science every day. Get started here.
  • Science Corps empowers the next generation of global scientists. Fellows are expected to teach science for 6 month in regions that lack access to STEM education. Apply to become fellow here.
  • Vermont Works for Women helps women and girls recognize their potential and explore, pursue, and excel in work that leads to economic independence. Sign up to volunteer here.

If you know about related programs please send us links and we post them here! We are especially interested to learn about opportunities for non-STEM scholars.

If you have already gotten involved in visibility campaigns, science communication, or any other outreach activities in the past - please consider sharing your experience with us.