This past spring, the ASBMB Public Outreach Committee initiated a grant program for chapters of the society’s Undergraduate Affiliates Network, providing resources and funding up to $500 to help support science outreach activities. Due to overwhelming demand, we opened the program up for a second round of applications this fall.
Following an extensive application and review process, we are now pleased to report that two additional UAN chapters have been approved for funding from this program:
- The University of Arizona chapter will use funds from ASBMB to help support BlastOff!, an annual science camp that provides a “free, hands-on opportunity to experience the thrill of being engaged in scientific exploration through field trips, experiments that they conduct themselves with the guidance of our Chapter members serving as mentors, and analyzing data.”
- The University of Texas, San Marcos chapter will engage in both a STEM Outreach Field Trip to local elementary schools, and a Science Camp week on campus, both of which will introduce students to hands-on science activities.
It is especially heartening to see that the undergraduate members of the individual UAN chapters are the ones responsible for the organization and execution of the various outreach activities. Whatever they may lack in experience they more than make up for with their dedication, energy and passion that will guarantee the success of their local outreach efforts.
These awards bring the total number of UAN chapters funded through the POC-UAN Grant Program in 2014 to nine. You can learn about the activities from all of these chapters during our Science Outreach and UAN Activity Poster Session at EB2015 on March 28 at the Boston Convention and Events Center.
If your UAN chapter is interested in applying for this award, we will be accepting applications next spring. Stay tuned for the announcement!
Read more about the program here.