Join Scientific Thinkers at OSU

Scientific Thinkers is a student organization here at OSU. They are a volunteer program that seeks to impact our community by teaching elementary students and mentoring underrepresented students with limited STEM resources. This student organization will allow students to gain teaching experience, grow in leadership skills, and improve in their ability to teach STEM material.

If interested in joining, please attend a mandatory orientation on January 23, 3:00-4:00pm in the Physics Research Building (PRB). You may sign up here. Find more information about this student organization on their website.

Semester of Service

Application Deadline: Wednesday, November 8th

The Semester of Service Program is a leadership and service program that gives OSU students the opportunity to serve for a semester with a local nonprofit organization. Students are able to experience valuable insight into the function of community service. Requirements of this program are that the student is able to serve at least one volunteer shift (3-5) hours per week at their assigned nonprofit organization. Students must also be able to attend five workshops throughout the spring 2018 semester.

Preferences service focus areas include youth development, environmental stewardship, access to healthy lifestyles, refugee and immigration services, and food insecurity.

The application is available, and more information can be found online.


This opportunity has EXPIRED. For similar opportunities, please visit our opportunities page.

STEM Elementary Volunteer Opportunity

The Scientific Thinkers program partners with Innis Elementary School to bring OSU undergraduate and graduate scientists into the 1st – 5th grade classrooms. By sending scientist volunteers to teach a hands-on lesson, elementary students are gaining valuable time immersed in the sciences. These lessons are already created and available to volunteers prior to going to the classroom.

Those interested in this opportunity must attend an orientation before going into the school on behalf of the program. The orientation for Spring 2017 will be on Tuesday, January 17th, at 1:30 pm in 1080 Physics Research Building. RSVP to if you plan to attend. Even if you cannot attend the orientation, please feel free to contact them if you are still interested in volunteering.

Please note that volunteers would need to be present in the classroom from 2-3 pm on Tuesday’s, but would also need to factor in time for travel to and from the school.

Take a look at their website for information on program coordinators and lesson plans.