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Fall 2019

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A Trio of Mentoring Opportunities

We are really excited to announce three new mentoring opportunities with Mascoma High School and Lebanon High School that will run throughout the 2019-2020 academic year. Check out the details for each and signup below! Questions? Email Keighley Rockcliffe

Lebanon After School Program 

Help Lebanon HS students perform experiments in biology, chemistry, and geology to present at the 2020 New Hampshire State Science and Engineering Expo in March! 

Who: We are looking for six mentors to participate at least every other week through February or March. 

When/Where: Wednesdays 3-5 pm at Lebanon HS starting Nov 6th. 

Mascoma Skype Seminars

Join in the conversation between Mascoma mentees and Dartmouth researchers as we explore different exciting topics in STEM! 

Who: All mentors are encouraged to attend as frequently or infrequently as desired!


When/Where: Location and time varies. 


How it works:

  • You and other interested mentors will meet with the Dartmouth professor or researcher leading the discussion to Skype into the Mascoma classroom. 

  • A day before the Skype call, the presenting researcher has already shared a media clip with mentees to provide a launching point for discussion.

All you need to do to participate is show up and be engaged!

To see the current schedule and location of talks, click here! 

Mascoma Science Projects

Provide regular guidance to Mascoma HS students as they design, perform, and present year-long research projects! 

Who: We are looking for approx. 10 mentors to work in pairs. Each mentor pair will Skype every other week with a group of mentees. 

When/Where: Every other Friday, initially via Skype but hopefully with some in-person visits later in the year. Signup to Skype with either the 8:48-9:33 am or 12:34 to 1:24 pm class. 

Mascoma Skype Seminars are Back! 

We are excited to announce that we are bringing back our STEM Skype discussions for the 2019-2020 academic year! Last spring we had a lot of success engaging our mentees at Mascoma by facilitating short discussions between Dartmouth faculty and mentees about mentee-chosen STEM topics. This year, the program will run year-long and cover a wider range of topics. 

Interested in participating? 

All you need to do to participate is show up and be engaged! A day before the Skype call, the presenting researcher has already shared a media clip with mentees to provide a launching point for discussion.

When we ran the program last spring we found that mentees really liked having near-age mentors on the other end of the Skype call to add to the discussion. Just pick a topic that is interesting to you, note the date and time, and show up ready to talk science!

Lebanon After School Program 

We are excited to help Lebanon HS launch a new after school program designed to engage Lebanon students in science and expose them to presenting their work at the New Hampshire State Science and Engineering Expo! 

Logistics for Mentors: We will organize regular carpools once our mentor list settles. All drivers can be completely reimbursed for gas mileage as long as you have an itemized receipt. 

Skype Seminars
Woodstock Middle School STEM Panel 

We had a great time helping the Guarini Graduate School Outreach Office host students from Woodstock Middle School on December 11, 2019. In addition to touring some of the campus labs and facilities, students got a chance to ask our STEM panel questions about life in academia and hear about projects ranging from quantum physics to human evolution. 

Thank you to all of our mentors who participated in the panel. To see more photos from the event check out a blog post here

Lebanon STEM Fair

We had a great time sharing STEM demonstrations with families at LebFest on Sept 28 in partnership with the Guarini Graduate School Outreach Department! Aside from a pH experiment, we also had histology slides and a solar telescope!

Check out more photos and notes here!

Announcing our 2019-2020 Mascoma High School Mentorship!

We are excited to announce our plan to mentor high school students at Mascoma High School in Canaan, NH for the entire 2019-2020 academic year. 

While we previously worked with Mascoma through a series of Skype sessions (see more here), we hope to work with mentees in Laura Mackenzie's classroom in person as they design, conduct, and present work on year-long science projects (although we will initially use Skype). 

We are working closely with Laura to work out the details of the partnership. This group of students is severely underserved, and for many, this class will be their first exposure to STEM. Laura thinks that having mentor pairs commit to visiting mentees every two weeks for the entire academic year will be the best solution to gain mentee trust, provide stability, and form a helpful partnership. 

In addition to mentoring Mascoma students, the New Hampshire Academy of Sciences has offered to purchase all of the equipment and resources our mentees will need to pursue their experiments this year! 

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Check out the Fall 2019 Newsletter here!
NHAS Peer Review for AJAS

As a followup to the work we did over the summer with NHAS summer students (see story here), Dartmouth mentors are providing detailed feedback for mentees submitting their work to the American Junior Academy of Science (AJAS). 

NHAS is the only state academy to run a peer review process on student submissions, and we are proud to provide our mentees with written feedback that gives them experience in this process!

There are still spots open to help review mentee work. Interested mentors should contact Armin Tavakkoli to signup. 

Check out our Fall 2019 newsletter here!

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