At the University of Chicago Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, we want students to have access to academic and cultural resources, but to also have opportunities independent of the classroom and student life. Thus, the following is a list of opportunities where students can go to search for funding, enrich their summers or find work after graduation.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Who We Are: The In Search of Genius (ISOG) Foundation’s mission is to provide children living in underserved areas with compelling opportunities to discover new life skills and explore the worlds of science. ISOG strives to help level the playing field so that all children, regardless of their race or life circumstances, have an opportunity to bring their genius into the world.

Why We Need Your Help: Our after-school science and mentoring program provides elementary school children in underserved Chicago communities with the best in hands-on science projects in order to spark their interest in science and desire to learn at this critical young age. These projects are facilitated by one teacher and two “Science Mentors”—local university science students who are passionate about getting children excited about science. Our Science Mentors are an instrumental part of the program. Many of the students we serve do not know anyone who has gone to college—our Mentors, as scientists in training, serve as positive role models for the children and inspire them to believe in themselves and their abilities. The children also listen and look up to these young people who are closer to their age and still know how to “play” and make science fun.

Benefits of Being an ISOG Science Mentor: As an ISOG Science Mentor you will get to “play” at science every week, doing fun, exciting, hands-on science projects with 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade children. For example, one of our lessons teaches students principles of aerodynamics. They then apply these principles to construct and perfect paper airplanes for flying through distance and accuracy challenges. Students and adults alike both have a great time flying paper airplanes, and the students are having so much fun they forget they’re learning science in the process. The ultimate goal of these activities is to make learning science FUN! Our Mentors also receive $25 per 90 minute after-school session, with a bonus at the end of the year for perfect attendance. Many of our Mentors serve at two schools per week, thus earning $50 each week of the school year. Finally, this is an excellent resume building opportunity.

Contact Us: We are actively recruiting Science Mentors for the upcoming 2010/2011 school year. We are looking for smart, responsible, undergraduate or graduate students who have a passion for exciting students about learning and science! Science, Engineering, Math, and Technology majors are preferred but not required, as the science knowledge being taught is at a basic level. Most importantly we are looking for individuals who can connect with the children and make learning fun. You can find more information about the program on our website,

If you are interested in becoming an ISOG Science Mentor, please contact:

Sebrina Williams
Mentor Recruiter/Event Coordinator
Office: (773) 753-1387
Cell: (773) 616-8176

Robyn Boshers
Program Director
(312) 925-9298

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