October 3, 2017

Hi, our names are Carson Pence and Madison Robinson.

We are students at UNC coordinating a one-day outreach program for our campus organization called FEMMES (Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering, and Science). FEMMES allows young women in grades 4-6 in the Chapel Hill and Carrboro communities to participate in multiple activity-based presentations covering topics in STEM fields. In light of our success in recent years, we are proud to host our ninth annual event this fall.

FEMMES is an interdisciplinary experience for girls that emphasizes hands-on learning and encourages their future professional presence in technical fields, particularly those in which women have been characteristically absent or underrepresented. It is free for campers to attend. By working alongside female student volunteers and faculty members, we hope to demonstrate that women can and do excel in these fields.

This year’s event will be held on Saturday, November 4th from 9 to 3  in Brooks/Sitterson hall on the UNC campus. We’re looking for individuals or teams of female faculty who would be willing to volunteer from 8:45AM-3PM on that day. Each faculty volunteer directs a hands-on activity that shows something interesting and fun about their area of expertise. The faculty volunteers will be asked to lead five 40-minute sessions of the hands-on activity for groups of 15-20 campers. Student volunteers are also available to help with the preparation and execution of activities as well as the direction of campers among designated rooms. A more detailed schedule will be determined upon your feedback!

Faculty volunteers are crucial to the success of FEMMES. We are looking for women who are passionate about their fields and will be enthusiastic about making this a memorable experience for the students in attendance. The number of volunteers also dictates how many young women we will be able to host. We would very much appreciate your participation and expertise!

Please let us know by either email (uncfemmes@gmail.com) or phone whether you would be willing to present a hands-on science or mathematics activity. Additionally, if you know of a colleague who would be willing to volunteer, please pass along this email. We look forward to hearing from you!


Carson Pence               Madison Robinson

FEMMES Co-Director FEMMES Professor Outreach AD

Volunteer Opportunities – North Carolina Science Olympiad (NCSO)

October 25, 2016

North Carolina Science Olympiad (NCSO) is a state-wide competition held at various locations to promote knowledge in a variety of scientific areas for elementary, middle, and high school students. The competitions take place on Saturdays lasting from February to May. Volunteering options are flexible. You can choose to help in the morning, afternoon, or all day depending on your preference. The volunteering can be as simple as proctoring an exam and grading it or involvement in judging various science projects. Check out the links below for more details.



Volunteer Opportunities – US2020 RTP

September 26, 2016

Speed Mentoring at US2020 RTP Expo

Impact 10 or more kids in an hour by participating in our 1st Annual Speed Mentoring Event at the 2016 Arts n’ STEM Expo on October 21st.

Requirements: Be a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) professional or training to be one. Be open to talk to youth about your career path and why you’re in it. The process will be guided and will allow for short discussions about your STEM journey. Sign up today for a 1 hour session: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JQDTKHS

Check out RTP 2020’s website to learn more about outreach and mentoring opportunities across Durham and Wake counties for the 2016-2017 school year. 

Volunteer Opportunity – Hugh o’Brian Youth Leadership

May 26, 2016

HOBY (Hugh o’Brian Youth Leadership) is an international organization that holds weekend-long seminars regionally each year for rising high school juniors. HOBY NC East is recruiting facilitators (adult small group leaders age 21 and above) for this year’s seminar scheduled June 16th to June 19th at NC State University. More details can be found at: http://hobynceast.org/ or www.hoby.org

The weekend entails lots of high-energy fun, inspiring speakers, leadership activities for students, and a short community service outing. As a facilitator, you and your co-facilitator will be responsible for overseeing the safety and activities of a group of 8-12 15/16 year olds as well as facilitating group discussions and activities. Training for the HOBY curriculum will be provided before the arrival of the high school students.

If you have questions or would like more details, please contact Molly Boutwell (mollyboutwell@gmail.com).

Volunteer Opportunities – Spring 2016

May 25, 2016

Here are a few upcoming volunteer opportunities that were either previously emailed or posted on the old website:

  • BME Summer Camp – One major initiative we are organizing is the BME Summer Camp held at NCSU on June 19 – June 24 this year. We will need volunteers for interactive lab demos at NCSU for the campers. Please email jth048@email.unc.edu if you are interested in volunteering for the BME Summer Camp one day that week!
  • Science Olympiad of NC – Science Olympiad of NC is looking for volunteers to help run their regional and state tournaments for K-12 students. Event list topics span a number of focus areas including physiology, mechanics, chemistry, and engineering. While they do need some event leaders, they also need people to score tests, work the registration table, or just help out in general. All you have to do is fill out the volunteer form (https://www.sciencenc.com/volunteer-registration.php), and people from each tournament will contact you.
  • The North Carolina Science Festival – This is a “multi-day celebration showcasing science and technology”. The festival is currently recruiting STEM professionals to volunteer in a number of ways, such as visiting middle schools or giving a tour of your lab. The festival is currently scheduled for April 8th – April 24th. Check out their website to get involved.