Community Outreach Programs
Many graduate programs actually coordinate community outreach programs. This is a chance to put your research and professional skills to work, so why not find out if you have any existing programs and if not why not consider setting up some outreach programs. Here is a sample of some programs today.
Neuroscience Outreach Program
Mission - To develop long term consistent community projects focused on issues of mental health, aging, and physical rehabilitation.
As the CNS is an interdisciplinary program, graduate students (as well as undergraduate students) which are spread out over campus, took it upon themselves to create an outlet through which to interact with each other, the department and the Kingston community in a social and purposeful manner.
Kinesiology & Health Studies clinic
As within many programs, research projects are combined with helping the Kingston community. For example SKHS's
CORE - Centre for Obesity Research & Education)
Founded in 2005, CORE was established in response to the need to address obesity and related co-morbid conditions as a major threat to public health.
Revved Up is a twice-weekly assisted exercise program for adults with a mobility impairment. For more information visit: www.queensu.ca/skhs/research/research-labs/revved-up
Faculty of Education
Science Rendezvous (SR) started in 2008 at the University of Toronto, and in 2011 became a national event, with over 25 universities taking part across the country.
SR has become a part of the community outreach centre at the Faculty of Education, (whose mandate is to do outreach in science and math).SR- a science festival for children and families which takes place on-campus in May.
If you are interested in helping out contact Dr Lynda Colgan in the Faculty of Education.
Science Discovery Day
Hosted by Queen’s Faculty of Education is an opportunity for young people to explore a variety of science and technology topics in a hands-on way. Topics are selected according to Ministry of Education curriculum guidelines, and include everything from plants and habitats to matter and energy.
The day is also a learning experience for Queen’s teacher candidates, who get to organize material appropriate for young children (grades K to 6) and see for themselves how children best learn science.
Science Discovery Day is usually held in February. Volunteers are always needed to help ahead of time (advertising, posters, stuffing envelopes to go out to schools; helping TCs with science questions in planning time during the week prior to the event) as well as on the day.