Who better to speak for the School of Science than its students? Last year, a group of twelve standout students from across the school’s academic programs were chosen to pilot a School of Science Ambassador program.
The students took a 1-credit course, SC 297 Service in Science, to learn about the school, its programs, its students, and how they can play a role in outreach efforts and recruitment.
“We want to create a culture of service in the sciences and the best way to get students involved is to have their peers asking them to participate,” said Tracy Halmi, associate teaching professor of chemistry, who is leading the program.
In their inaugural year, the Science Ambassadors helped with outreach and public-education efforts, spoke to visiting high school students, served as peer mentors, and represented the school at open houses and other admissions events. This fall, the group will develop a framework for the program, including a formal application process that will allow all interested School of Science students to apply.
Though ambassadors are expected to be academically strong students, Halmi said grade-point average is not the only consideration in choosing students to represent the school.