RICE CIVIC SCIENTIST OUTREACH

Achievement in math and science among America’s school children is a point of serious concern for both education and business leaders. One aspect of the Civic Scientist Program is a community outreach initiative that addresses this problem by sending scientists and engineers from Rice University and the Houston community, who have demonstrated leadership in science and in the public sphere, to local middle and high schools. The goal of these visits is to present science to underrepresented students in a way that educates and invigorates them about scientific discovery and purpose. The scientists share information about what ignited their interest in science, the trials and tribulations that led to their success, what inspires them on a daily basis and the importance of science in our society.

Support generously provided by Winifer and Benjamin Cheng.

 

Testimonials

“[Materials science and metallurgy] was a subject that very few had prior knowledge about but everyone could relate to when they saw how many applications the technology had. Finally, just hearing about a 3-D metal printer and seeing examples of its uses was worth the visit. We would love to have Dr. Cordero back anytime.”

–Teacher from Olle STEM Academy, 2016 (Civic Scientist: Dr. Zack Cordero)

“The students loved her talk. It was a great balance of advanced information presented in a very understandable way. They also really enjoyed the first part of her talk about her own background growing up as child of immigrants to the US.”

–Teacher from YES Prep North Forest, 2015 (Civic Scientist: Dr. Junghae Suh)

“I want to thank you so much for the lecture at our school yesterday … This was one of our best lectures ever. It was given at a level that the kids could totally understand and the material was fascinating for everyone.”

–Teacher from Woodlands High School, 2014 (Civic Scientist: Dr. Pulickel Ajayan)

“[I am] even more so inspired to consider a career in science. It seems awesome to go to school with you guys. You seem like an awesome professor! Thank you!”

–Senior student from Clear Creek High School, 2014 (Civic Scientist: Dr. Mike Gustin)

  

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Rita Colwell presents at DeBakey High School.


Jim Gates lectures to middle school students at Jane Long Academy.

 

In the five years since we began the Civic Scientist Outreach Program, scientists and engineers from Rice University and the Houston community have presented to more than 6,000 students, with a total of 95 lectures given at 42 different schools.

For the 2015-2016 school year, students rated the program higher than ever before, and of the teachers surveyed, 100 percent enjoyed the presentation and 98 percent would recommend the program to other teachers.

For more information on the program or if you are interested in participating as a class or speaker, please email CivicScientist@rice.edu or 713.348.4784.

 

Rice Civic Scientists:

  • Pulickel Ajayan, Professor in Engineering, Materials Science, and Nanoengineering and Chemistry, Rice University
  • David Alexander, Associate Professor of Astrophysics and Director of the Rice Space Institute, Rice University
  • Ronda Alexander, Assistant Professor of Otorhinolaryngology, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston
  • Oluwatoyin Asojo, Associate Professor of Pediatrics in Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Scott Basinger, Assistant Dean and Associate Professor of Opthalmology and Neuroscience, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Janet Braam, Department Chair, Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Rice University
  • Audrea Burns, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics Immunology, Allergy, and Rheumatology, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Dan Carson, Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Rice University
  • Daniel Cohan, Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering, Rice University
  • Rita Colwell, Professor of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics, University of Maryland; Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Former Director of the National Science Foundation
  • Zack Cordero, Assistant Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, Rice University
  • Steven Cox, Professor of Computational and Applied Mathematics, Master, Brown College, Rice University
  • Margaret French, Community Development Specialist and Science Communication Liaison for Bioscience Research Collaborative, Rice University
  • Sylvester James Gates Jr., University System Regents Professor and the John S. Toll Professor of Physics, director of the String and Particle Theory Center, University of College Park, Maryland
  • Michael Gustin, Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Rice University
  • Amanda Hackler, Head of Career Development and Outreach, National Space Biomedical Research Institute, and Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine Center for Space Medicine
  • Matthias Heinkenschloss, Noah G. Harding Chair and Professor in the Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics, Rice University
  • Alison Henning, Adjunct Associate Professor of Earth Science, Rice University
  • Steve Hocick, Assistant Professor of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Bioloyg, The Ohio State University
  • Alice Huang, former President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Senior Faculty Associate in Biology, California Institute of Technology
  • Jeff Jacot, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, Rice University
  • Anita Jones, Former Director of Defense and Engineering, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Mackale Joyner, Lecturer in Computer Science, Rice University
  • Stacey Kalovidouris, Executive Director of the Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering, Rice University
  • Nathasha Kirienko, Assistant Professor of BioSciences, Rice University
  • Neal Lane, Professor Emeritus of Physics and Astronomy, Rice University; Senior Fellow, Baker Institute, Rice University; Former Director of the National Science Foundation
  • David Laude, Senior Vice Provost and Professor of Chemistry, the University of Texas, Austin
  • Stephan Link, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rice University
  • Kirstin Matthews, Fellow for Science and Technology Policy, Baker Institute, Rice University
  • Richard Meisel, Assistant Professor of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Houston
  • Antonios Mikos, Director of the Center for Excellence in Tissue Engineering, Director of the JW Cox Laboratory for Biomedical Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Rice University
  • Dan Mittleman, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rice University
  • Carolyn Nichol, Faculty Fellow in Chemistry, Rice University
  • Jamie Padgett, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, Rice University
  • Mesias Pedroza, Adjunct Professor of Biochemistry, Rice University
  • William Press, Senior Fellow Emeritus, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Warren J. and Viola Mae Raymer Chain, Computer Science and Integrative Biology, University of Texas at Austin
  • Amina Qutub, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, Rice University
  • Beatrice Riviere, Noah G. Harding Chair, Professor, Department Chair in Computational and Applied Mathematics Department, Rice University
  • Malcolm Ross, Geologist in Research and Development, Shell Oil Company; and Adjunct Professor of Earth Science, Rice University
  • Maude Rowland, Nonresident Scholar for Science and Technology Policy, Baker Institute, Rice University
  • Ron Sass, Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University
  • Laura Schaefer, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Department Chair of Mechanical Engineering, Rice University
  • Yousif Shamoo, Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology and Faculty Director of the Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering, Rice University
  • Shanna Simmons, Technical Advisor, Shell Oil Company
  • Scott Solomon, Professor in Practice of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University
  • Lauren Stadler, Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University
  • Junghae Suh, Associate Professor of Bioengineering, Rice UniversityBlake Sutherland, Graduate Student in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Rice University
  • Ned Thomas, Dean of Brown School of Engineering, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science; Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering; and Chemistry; Rice University
  • James Tour, Professor of Chemistry; Computer Science; Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science; Rice University
  • Robert Vajtai, Senior Faculty Fellow, Materials Science and Nanoengineering, Rice University
  • Daniel Wagner, Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Rice University
  • Kelly Weinersmith, Huxley Fellow in the Department of BioSciences, Rice University
  • Jennifer West, Chair and Professor of Bioengineering, Wiess College Faculty Associate, Rice University
  • Jeannette M. Wing, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Research, Consulting Professor of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University

 

 

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