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The College of Sciences and Mathematics at Auburn University aims to promote scientific literacy and interest among K-12 students, teachers, and communities in our region, our state, and our nation. The COSAM Outreach office helps the college meet this mission by encouraging interest in the sciences among K-12 students through relevant and inspiring math and science experiences. We do this through various programming. Many of these programs allow K-12 students access to exciting hands-on experiences in science, enthusiastic science mentors, and exposure to faculty, undergraduate and graduate students in the sciences. For this reason, we are often looking for quality COSAM volunteers.

2016-2017 Undergraduate Student Volunteer Opportunities

If you are looking for an opportunity to interact with kids who love science and math as much as you do we have many opportunities this spring for COSAM students to volunteer. For questions about any of these undergraduate volunteer opportunities please contact Erika Dunavant at

Undergraduate volunteer sign-up for all events that will occur in the Fall of 2016 will open in late August.


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War Eagle BEST Game Day Volunteers


Saturday, October 8

7:00am - 6:00pm*

Student Activity Center

Middle School AMP'd


Saturday, October 29

7:00am - 3:30pm*

Parker Hall

South's BEST


Friday, December 2 - Monday, December 5

7:00am - 9:00pm*

Auburn Arena

High School AMP'd


Saturday, April 22

8:00am – 3:30pm*

Parker Hall

Elementary Science Olympiad



7:00am - 4:00pm*

Student Center Ballroom

Middle School Science Olympiad



7:00am - 4:00pm*

Student Center Ballroom

Science and Engineering Fair



8:00am - 3:00pm*

Student Center Ballroom

*Indicates that multiple volunteer shifts will be available.

2016-2017 Graduate Student Volunteer Opportunities

We are also always on the lookout for graduate students with a passion for outreach and teaching. Opportunities for engagement are vast and varied. See below for a complete listing of events graduate students can become involved in. If you are interested in helping with one or more of the programs listed below, please contact the person listed at the end of the program description.

Fall Semester Programs

Middle School AMP'd - Middle School AMP'd is a math puzzle challenge for students in grades 6 - 8 developed annually by graduate students in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. This program is dependent upon graduate students in the department to write the puzzles and carry out the event. This event is held each fall semester. For more information about Middle School AMP'd, please contact Andy Owens at

War Eagle and South's BEST - BEST Robotics is a comprehensive robotics program for students in grades 6 - 12. War Eagle BEST is the local hub for teams in the immediate area and South's BEST is the regional competition for teams in the southeast. Graduate students with a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) may serve as judges for the BEST Award component of the competition. We are in need of judges for the following categories: Special Awards (technical awards), Project Engineering Notebook, Marketing Presentations, Team Exhibit and Interview, and Spirit and Sportsmanship. Both events are held in the fall semester. For more information about becoming a judge for either event, please contact Mary Lou Ewald at

Spring Semester Programs

GUTS - GUTS stands for Getting Under the Surface. It is an evening program for elementary students (grades 1 - 6) and their parent/grandparent. Kids and their lab partner (parent) spend approximately 1.5 hours engaging in a series of science activities designed to "get under the surface" of a science topic. GUTS is held 2 - 3 weeknights in the spring semester. Graduate students may develop and teach a GUTS course. For more information about teaching a GUTS course, please contact Josh King at

Elementary and Middle School Science Olympiad - Science Olympiad is a one-day sports-like science competition involving approximately 2,000 Alabama K-8 students each year. Auburn hosts two separate Olympiad events each year - one for middle students and a separate event for elementary students. Teams compete in approximately 20 science-based events. Events are a combination of traditional tests, design-and-build activities, and activity-based tests. We are always looking for graduate students to design and implement these events. Both Science Olympiad events are held early in the spring semester. For more information about designing a Science Olympiad event, please contact Kristen Bond at

Greater East Alabama Regional Science and Engineering Fair - GEARSEF is a regional affiliate fair of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), the world's largest international pre-college science competition. GEARSEF is held each March for students in grades 6 - 12. GEARSEF is a traditional Science and Engineering Fair in which projects are on display and are judged through an interview process. We are in need of graduate students to interview the students and judge their projects. For more information about becoming a judge, please contact Mary Lou Ewald at

AU Explore - AU Explore is a science and math-based "festival" that occurs annually each spring. The purpose of AU Explore is to showcase the five COSAM departments to our local community. Over 1,000 5th - 8th grade students and their parents/teachers attend AU Explore each year. There are many ways for graduate students to become involved in AU Explore. Often, an entire lab group will work together. For more information about AU Explore please contact Kristen Bond at

Design and host a "Science Fun Shop" - A fun-shop is a 45-minute, hands-on workshop in which students have the opportunity to engage in a science lab or activity and go home with their product! In the past, Fun Shops have included:

- All About Eyeballs - Kids discover how the eyeball works and then investigate the properties of the eye further through a sheep eye dissection.

- Build a Motor - Students explore the principles behind how a motor actually works. Then, they build and take home their own motor.

- Silly Cilia - Kids learn how green algae (Chlamydomonas) can see and swim towards and away from light. Then, they learn about gene problems that affect their ability to swim.

Participate in our Science EXPO - The Science EXPO is an interactive exhibit hall featuring all COSAM departments. Exhibits vary in their complexity, but all expose students to real researchers at Auburn. In the past, EXPOs have included:

- Live animals.

- Non-living plant and animal specimens.

- Liquid nitrogen activities/short demos.

- Non-Newtonian fluids activities/short demos.

- Physics displays that include: a Reuben's tube, a working plasma source, and video game.

Develop and host a Demo Show - Demo shows are large-scale shows that aim to engage a large audience (150-300 spectators) in a science topic. In the past demo shows have included:

- Herp Show - Featuring amphibians and reptiles

- Pyro Show - The loudest show we have ever offered!

- Wet 'n 'Wild Show - Physical science topics explored in an engaging format.

- Raptor Show - Hosted by the Southeastern Raptor Center.

For questions about any of these volunteer opportunities please contact Kristen Bond at

Last Updated: 08/26/2016