Biosphere 2 Outreach Scholar 2017 Internship Award Description:
Biosphere 2 seeks University of Arizona graduate and undergraduate students to serve as full-time, immersive science mentors during two, one-week long residential summer programs for middle and high school students in July 2017. Focused training will be provided in a residential training from June 27-30, 2017 on the Biosphere 2 campus. Three days of additional research and ropes-course training will be required in April and/or May.
Total time commitment is approximately 3 days in April/May and 2.5 weeks during June and July.
Successful candidates will be independent, trustworthy, and responsible. Applicants should enjoy spending time interacting with young people (grades 7-12), have an interest in science and STEM education (but do not have to be science or education majors), be outgoing and well spoken, and have high energy. Candidates will need to be fingerprinted, undergo a background check, and complete online training.
Biosphere 2 Outreach Scholar responsibilities will include:
*partnering with Biosphere 2 staff and scientists to further the mission of Biosphere 2 and of the Science Academy;
*attending training and demonstrating mastery of scientific material and teaching skills presented;
*demonstrating a commitment to effective and lasting science education;
*providing young participants an overwhelmingly positive immersion into the joys of scientific exploration;
*offering input, feedback, and mentorship for other Outreach Scholars;
*assisting with hands-on science activities/research;
*living on-site at Biosphere 2 for 2.5 weeks in late June and in July;
*overseeing a casita (house) of student participants (approx. 6-8 students);
*organizing and leading recreation, team building, and evening activities;
*chaperoning off-site field trips;
*providing mentoring and feedback for participants as needed;
*assisting with meal serving, some meal preparation, and other program tasks.
Daily schedule will last from roughly 7 AM to 10 PM daily during the June training and July program. Meetings for the April/May training are still being scheduled, but do require you to allocate approximately three weekend days.
Outreach Scholar benefits include:
*Sustained interaction with Biosphere 2 science team;
*Training in effective, hands-on, inquiry-based STEM education from professional scientist educators;
*Collaboration with peers with similar interests;
*Teaching science and leadership to middle and high school students from all over North America;
*Wonderful science, teaching, and service accomplishment on resume/CV;
*100% Engagement opportunity that meets UA Never Settle objectives;
*Room and meals provided during June training and July program;
*Celebratory dinner at the end of the first week of Summer Science Academy;
*$750 stipend award;
Outreach Scholar Timeline:
*Biosphere 2 Outreach Scholar applications available at the end of November 2016.
*Applications will be reviewed beginning January 25, 2017. Top candidates will be contacted for interviews during the first half of February 2017.
*Awardees will be notified by the beginning of March 2017.
*Interns complete 3 days of training in April and/or May 2017 and a residential training at Biosphere 2 from June 27- 30, 2017.
*Outreach Scholars will remain at Biosphere 2 continuously from July 8 - 22, 2017.
July 8th: Outreach Scholars arrive at Biosphere 2 for final preparation.
Middle School students will arrive July 9th and depart July 15th.
Outreach Scholar Celebratory dinner will be Saturday, July 15th.
High School Students will arrive July 16th and depart July 22nd.
Outreach Scholars depart evening of July 22nd.