Science Outreach

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Science education is vital to our way of life, our health, and our economy.  Gonzaga University is committed to building partnerships with local schools and community groups as we strive to improve scientific literacy in our community. With this goal in mind, the Biology and Chemistry & Biochemistry departments currently run a variety of outreach programs that include visits to elementary school classrooms, field trip tours, special summer programs, and more.  All of our programs seek to engage participants with opportunities for hands-on scientific discovery and inspiration.

If you are a teacher, Gonzaga student, or school administrator interested in participating in a science outreach program, please contact Rohan Kundargi, the Science Outreach Coordinator, at kundargi@gonzaga.edu or 313-6642.

Science in Action! - Fall 2017

Apply Here!

(Applications open NOW and close on September 9th at 11:59 pm)

If you are a Gonzaga student interested in becoming one of the Science in Action! fellows for Fall 2017, please use the application linked above.  The online application will require a Gonzaga login.  For more information about Science in Action! application deadlines and schedules, please see the Student Outreach Information page.

Current Science Outreach Programs:


Science in Action! Elementary School Outreach
High School Science Mentoring


Science in Action! Elementary School Outreach  
For the past decade, Gonzaga University's elementary science outreach program, Science in Action!, has been teaming up science majors and pre-service teachers with local K-6 classrooms to do weekly science experiments that align with the district curriculum and national science standards.  Activites range from altering the density of salt water to make an egg float, to student-directed investigations on factors contributing to mold-growth on a bread ecosystem.  Most activities not only ephmasize the scientific content being learned in the classroom, but also the process of science itself. 

This program benefits participants in multiple ways: the K-6 students are excited to learn from college role models in their classroom; the Gonzaga students learn about communicating scientific concepts; and the K-6 teachers enjoy having enrichment activities (with all materials provided) that enhance their curriculum and increase their students' enthusiasm for science.

During the fall 2016 semester over 70 Gonzaga students paid weekly visits to 23 local classrooms as part of the Science in Action! program, reaching over 500 students within the Spokane community.

High School Science Mentoring
The science departments at Gonzaga strive to connect with local high schools while providing opportunities for undergraduate science majors to learn about the rewards and challenges of secondary science education and serve their community in a variety of volunteer positions.  High school science mentoring placements are designed to serve the needs of students and teachers, and have included one-on-one tutoring, helping with class lab activities, and joining onto existing school science programs as a regular assistant.

Outreach Support
Gonzaga University science outreach programs are made possible through the generous support of our funders.  Outreach programs have been supported by Avista Foundation, Hollister-Stier, Rotary Club 21,  Robert and Clare McDonald Work-Award Program, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, George Luger, Washington STEM, and Itron.

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Science Outreach Coordinator
Rohan Kundargi
502 E. Boone Avenue AD 5
Spokane, WA 99258
(509) 313-6642
kundargi@gonzaga.edu
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