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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.

2018-2019 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 Meagan Fuller at


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War Eagle BEST Kick-off


Wednesday, September 5th

3pm - 7pm*

Auburn Mall

War Eagle BEST Game Day


Saturday, October 20

7:00am - 6:00pm*

Opelika High School

South's BEST


Friday, Nov. 30 - Monday, Dec. 3

7:00am - 6:00pm*

Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum

High School AMP'd


Saturday, January 26th

8:00am - 3:30pm*

Parker Hall

Middle School AMP'd


Saturday, February 23rd

8:00am – 3:30pm*

Parker Hall



Wednesday, March 6 - Thursday, March 7

8:00am - 3:30pm*

AU Student Center

Middle School Science Olympiad


Saturday, March 30th

7:00am - 4:00pm*

Auburn University

High School Science Olympiad


Saturday, March 30th

7:00am - 4:00pm*

Auburn University

Elementary School Science Olympiad


April 13, 2019

7:00am - 4:00pm*

Auburn Jr. High

*Indicates that multiple volunteer shifts will be available.

2017-2018 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

Elementary and Middle/High School Science Olympiad - Science Olympiad is a one-day sports-like science competition involving approximately 2,000 Alabama K-12 students each year. Auburn hosts two separate Olympiad events each year - one for middle and high school students and a separate event for elementary school 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 Elementary School Science Olympiad event, please contact Jennifer Spencer at For more information about designing a Middle/High School Science Olympiad event, please contact Veronica Morin 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

For questions about any of these volunteer opportunities please contact Veronica Morin at

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