Support Student Learning


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We have MANY opportunities for volunteers to support students!

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One-on-one Coaching

Mentors commit to a regular cadence of meetings (2 to 3 times per month), supporting students through their research project and into their presentation preparation. Options include a BIPOC mentorship focus. Most mentorship meetings can be conducted virtually. Mentors help students envision their STEM futures.

Most mentor relationships begin in the fall or early winter.

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Statewide Scientific Review Committee

MSEF relies on STEM professionals in academia, industry and current teachers with a range content expertise to support the SRC process for student projects across the state. The Scientific Review Committee reviews project plans and paperwork for safety and scientific integrity. This assignment is fully remote with work available on a flexible schedule.

Fall recruitment. Email [email protected].



Feedback Coach "Pen Pal"

Students have questions! Volunteers serve as a sounding board, providing feedback to students who are identifying their project scope or in the midst of their research. This can be a one-hour commitment to either one student or for an entire class. This opportunity is primarily virtual.

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Presentation Practice Coach

Serve as a sounding board for high school students practicing their presentations in advance of the State Fair. Feedback is provided on presentation style and communication skills. This is typically a 2 hour commitment in the late winter/early spring.


March 20, 2024, 6-8 p.m, virtual

More information and volunteer registration here.


Fair Judge

Judges review student projects at the Regional and/or State Science Fairs (Middle and High School). They devote approximately 4 hours to review student presentations and assess students on the basis of provided rubrics. Feedback from STEM professionals is invaluable to students presenting their work.

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