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Overview

Our Biology faculty and students volunteer their time for a variety of programs designed to promote scientific literacy, spark excitement about scientific exploration, instill an appreciation for biodiversity, and promote conservation awareness. In 2018-2019, nearly half of our faculty and even more students engaged in communities spanning from Harrisonburg to Borneo. 

Some Examples

~Hosting the Shenandoah Valley Regional Brain Bee, an international program in which high school students compete in a competition of neuroscience with a chance to represent our region in the National Bee. 

~Developing and teaching hands-on lessons to children across the region at school STEM days, family STEM nights, after-school progams, dual enrollment courses, distance learning, and science festivals.

~Mentoring imprisoned youth on research projects that give them experiences in scientific investigation while learning relevant concepts in ecology and physiology.

~Developing and teaching hands-on life science lessons to students and other community members visiting campus including JMU's Expanding Your Horizons STEM workshop for girls and STEM Center-hosted school field trips. 

~Sharing expertise through public lectures, place-based educational tours, and other activities with communities of interested citizens.  

~Supporting STEM enrichment programs by mentoring high school students carrying out research in faculty labs and judging regional, state, and national STEM competitions.

Get Involved!

Biology students and faculty interested in giving back and making a difference through outreach, learn about the many opportunities and how to get started here.

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