Outreach

Members of the UC Davis Chemistry Club

We are excited about chemistry at UC Davis! The Educational Outreach Committee (EOC) is composed of faculty, staff and graduate students from the Department of Chemistry. We coordinate and carry out dissemination activities at public events, exhibits and K-12 schools to promote interest in the chemical sciences and awareness of how chemistry impacts everyday life.

In addition to the EOC, our two other primary platforms for educational outreach are:

  • The Chemistry Club - An organization of undergraduate students, run by club officers and supervised by a committee of faculty advisers. The purpose of the Chemistry Club is to provide social, networking and academic activities for students interested in the chemical sciences. Members of the Chemistry Club take an active part in the department's educational outreach activities, performing chemistry demonstrations and activities for the public.
  • Science Cafe - Science Cafes are a global grassroots movement of live--and lively--events that take place in casual settings (such as pubs and coffee houses), are open to everyone and feature an engaging conversation with a scientist about a particular topic. Professor Jared Shaw hosts these regularly throughout the year in various locations in Downtown Davis. All members of the community are welcomed and invited to join in on scientific discussions.

If you are interested in working with us for an event at your school or organization, please email chem-outreach@ucdavis.edu.

Other Outreach (click to expand)

ChemWiki

The ChemWiki project is a new approach toward chemistry education where a textbook environment is constantly being written and re-written, partly by students and partly by faculty members, resulting in a free chemistry textbook to supplant conventional paper-based books. Anyone can view, although an account is required to edit the site modules. The UC Davis ChemWiki was created and is currently directed by Professor Delmar Larsen.

COSMOS

COSMOS is a 4-week summer residential program for high achieving math and science students. Students live on campus and attend subject specific classes taught by UC faculty and researchers. The program is open to 9th-12th grade high school students. This intense academic program is intended to inspire and encourage young people to pursue future study in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) related field.

ACS Project SEED

ACS Project SEED is a summer research program that opens new doors for economically disadvantaged high school students to experience what it’s like to be a chemist. The program provides opportunities for students who historically lack exposure to scientific careers to spend a summer conducting hands-on research with a scientist in academic, industry, and government research laboratories. Starting in 1988, our department has welcomed talented students from low-income families in the greater Sacramento area into the labs every summer for eight weeks to participate in this American Chemical Society program, which is currently coordinated by Professor Shota Atsumi with assistance from the Early Academic Outreach Program at UC Davis. Many professors and graduate students have become mentors for these high school students, spending time with them in the lab and at other networking functions.

NSF REU Program

The objective of the UC Davis ChemEnergy REU program is to provide diverse undergraduate students with a unique nine-week research experience tackling important societal research problems in energy and catalysis. During this program students will live on campus and work alongside faculty and graduate students to gain a unique perspective on modern chemistry research and training to improve scientific communication skills.

Science Buddies

Science Buddies is a non-profit organization that offers free science fair project ideas, answers and tools for K-12 students. Students and Faculty can collaborate with Science Buddies to create "Project Ideas" that allow K-12 students and their teachers to do hands-on projects based on current research topics. Science Buddies served 9 million students and teachers in 2012 of diverse backgrounds including underrepresented minorities. A Project Idea of average popularity receives around 15,000 unique pageviews annually, helping to expose thousands of students to current research topics. Science Buddies also features an “Ask an Expert” online advice forum, where students and faculty can volunteer as “e-mentors” to provide real-world scientific knowledge and be role models for K-12 science students.