Diversity & Outreach Opportunities for Neurology Faculty & Trainees

Opportunities for Fall 2019

The Bay Area Science Festival Discovery Day is November 2nd at Oracle Park, and the UCSF Neuroscience Zone is seeking faculty, staff, and trainees from Neurology to greet and interact with visitors. This popular annual event draws over 30K participants. It’s a lot of fun to spend a sunny Saturday in the ball park talking to kids and families, and you might ignite the spark in a young mind that turns into a lifelong passion for science. The deadline to register is September 27, 2019, so please get in touch with the Neuroscience Zone organizer, Alexander Ehrenberg, with your ideas and questions. The science festival organizers will place tables, tents, and electrical outlets for you. All you have to do is show up with your exhibit and your enthusiasm. Read more about it here.

This public education initiative is sponsored by The Science & Health Education Partnership (SEP - see below right). 

Recent Activities

Brain Camp: This outstanding program debuted in 2017 and just completed its third year. This week-long intensive program introduces local high school students to careers in neuroscience.

San Francisco Unified School District: The SFUSD Career Technical Education (CTE) Health and Biotech Academies sent us six students for job-shadowing in our laboratories on February 4, 2019. Thank you to the laboratories and hosts who made this possible: Drs. Kirsten Anderson (from the Hellmuth Lab), Kevin Jones (Neuroscape) and Prashanth Ramachandran (Wilson Lab). 

  • Prior participants include Jesse Garcia Castillo, Maggie Waung, Jill Hollenbach, Odessa Yabut (job shadows); and Mercedes Paredes, Sergio Baranzini,  Elysa Margolis, Michael Wilson, Bill Seeley, Ted Zanto, Nijee Luthra (tours/lectures).

UCSF's Science & Health Education Partnership (SEP)

SEP has several excellent programs that our faculty have participated in, such as the summer Internship Program and the fall Bay Area Science Festival. 

Dr. Jeanne Paz and Dr. Scott Zamvil have hosted interns through the Internship Program. 

Each program has a different start date and other parameters. Read more on the SEP website to find a program that works for you.

 SF Oasis for Girls

Our colleagues in the Department of Neurological Surgery have established a partnership with SF Oasis for Girls that began in 2017. They have hired a full time coordinator, Marisa McFarlane, to coordinate activities for three cohorts per year.

Faculty/postdocs/staff can participate for the whole four weeks, or just a day or two.  If you can offer an activity for these students, please contact Marisa.

UCSF Diversity Hub

The UCSF Office of Diversity & Outreach has a Diversity Hub with over 260 programs. The list is searchable - give it a spin:  https://diversity.ucsf.edu/hub-program/

SEP's programs are listed here, along with many others.