By: Avery Tishue, President of Dartmouth ManyMentors
We are Dartmouth ManyMentors, a GSC group on campus dedicated to providing STEM outreach to underserved and underrepresented students in the surrounding Upper Valley communities. Our mission is to increase STEM opportunities more visible, valuable, and viable for underrepresented k-12 students in the Upper Valley. We have a website where new members can sign up and figure out what we have been up to:
We provide both in-person and remote mentoring opportunities. The remote mentoring happens vis skype calls (see below) and other online platforms to connect students with STEM mentors in the Dartmouth community. The in-person mentoring takes a variety of forms. One partnership involves helping students in an intensive STEM research camp, and another sees mentors guiding students through year-long projects (see below).
This past Spring we connected students at Mascoma High School with STEM mentors in the Dartmouth community for a series of Skype calls about cool science topics relevant to their classwork on earth and planetary sciences. These talks ranged from evolution in the oceans to life on mars and a range of other exciting topics.
This summer we just finished a program at NHAS in which mentors assisted middle and high school students in a three week intensive research projected. This culminated in a research symposium in which the students presented their work. The students did some incredible work and it was so rewarding to see their research come together. In addition to NHAS, Dartmouth ManyMentors joined in (with other STEM outreach groups via the GSC) on the Dartmouth 250th celebration for a day of science experience for the public.
This coming academic year, we have a lot of outreach opportunities. Our mentors will be guiding students in underserved science classrooms at Mascoma High School through year-long science projects. The mentors will offer their experience, expertise, and support to help these students with what for many of them is their first real science project! Our online and remote mentoring will continue as well. We also partner with other STEM outreach initiatives on campus, so there are a ton of fun ways to get involved.
We are always looking for mentors who want to make STEM a more diverse and inclusive community! Sign up at https://www.dartmouthmanymentors.org/ , or reach out to Avery Tishue or Hannah Margolis at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.