MRSEC Outreach Teams

MRSEC grads train Upward Bound high school students to engage youth at the annual Arts Festival Kids Day.

Graduate students who participate in MRSEC research also engage in a variety of professional development, outreach, education, and community building activities in order to develop and improve their communication, leadership, presentation, networking and demonstration skills.  All MRSEC funded grads select to participate on one of the following teams each year:

Outreach Teams

MRI Ambassador Team

Serves as a knowledgeable resource for colleagues and visitors about the Materials Research Institute (MRI) facilities, building, history and mission by:

  1. Leading tours of the MRI facilities within the Millennium Science Complex (MSC) building and coordinating with the K-12 Team for young audiences. Groups include: STEM Open House attendees (undergraduates; fall), REU participants (undergraduates; summer), Teacher Workshop teachers (professionals; spring), Envision (middle and high school students; February) attendees, K-12 school groups, industry visitors and non-scientific community groups.
  2. Selecting, inviting, and hosting at least one MRSEC Seminar speaker per year
  3. Hosting a New Grad Mixer for incoming class of graduate students in member departments to learn more about MRI activities, resources, research and facilities

K-12 Outreach & Education Team

Engages youth audiences at public and school settings through the development and implementation of hands-on interactive demonstrations and short activities by:

  1. Leading the Arts Festival Kids Day science event on Old Main Lawn (Wednesday, July 8, 2020) while also mentoring and training Upward Bound high school and REU undergrad volunteers
  2. Participating in other local public outreach events and/or programs and classroom visits with teachers to test new activities and practice presentation/demonstration/communication skills (e.g. Exploration U, Envision, etc.)
  3. Coordinating with the MRI Ambassadors Team to present brief materials science focused demonstrations to young visitors during their tour of MRI facilities


Two MRSEC outreach volunteers are smiling in their science booth.