Getting involved at Macdonald Campus

Come discover the different volunteering and work opportunities in science outreach at the Macdonald Campus! Join different groups across campus and connect with local communities and schools through your passion for science. Learn to engage different audiences including young children, adults and fellow students with interactive activities and dynamic presentations.

For additional information about the different science outreach opportunities at Macdonald Campus, please contact ingrid.chiraz [at] mcgill.ca (Ingrid Chiraz).

Volunteering

Let's Talk Science at McGill

Let's Talk Science is a national, not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing "hands-on, minds-on" opportunities to engage youth in STEM.

The mcgill [at] outreach.letstalkscience.ca">McGill Chapter of Let's Talk Science is a volunteer-based group of graduate and undergraduate students from a wide range of faculties at McGill University. Our volunteers deliver hands-on classroom presentations, host public STEM events, mentor for and evaluate projects at regional science fairs, and provide STEM outreach to a range of urban and indigenous schools!

  • The McGill Macdonald Campus Chapter of Let's Talk Science is looking for new student volunteers to join their team for the 2021-2022 academic year!

Both undergraduate and graduate students are welcomed to join. No outreach experience required. 

Interested in being a volunteer? Please contact: mcgill [at] outreach.letstalkscience.ca

All Let’s Talk Science Outreach volunteers attend an introductory training session that focuses on how to create and deliver impactful, engaging hands-on STEM activities. We cover topics such as theories of learning, how to introduce yourself, and classroom management. Additional optional training and professional development is also offered periodically, both locally and online.

As a volunteer with Let’s Talk Science, you will gain skills and receive training that can be immediately put into practice and will support your early career. You will develop your science communication skills, leadership skills and serve as a role model for Canadian youth ranging from kindergarten to CEGEP! 

All events and activities offered by Let's Talk Science will be held virtually until further notice.


Meet the coordinators of the Macdonald Campus Team:

Naxana Weiss is a Liaison Coordinator for Let's Talk Science Maxana Weiss, Liaison Coordinator

Maxana is in her fifth year as a coordinator with Let’s Talk Science and has worked to bring STEM activity kits to  nearly 50,000 youth and community members. She is a PhD Candidate from McGill University currently pursuing a PhD in Rehabilitation Science. She is currently a member of the Person-Centered Health Informatics Laboratory (PCHI) under the supervision of Dr. Sara Ahmed. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Neuroscience and Behaviour from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts in 2014. She completed a Master’s of Science in Kinesiology and Physical Education from McGill University in 2018. 
 

Mina Allameh is a Coordinator for Let's Talk Science Mina Allameh, Site Coordinator

Mina is a PhD candidate in Bioresource Engineering at the Macdonald Campus of McGill University, where she also did her Master’s. Her research focuses on nutraceuticals and functional foods. Mina is very  interested in the educational methods that make children intrigued by science, which is the reason why she joined Let’s Talk Science in June 2019.

"I also wish to transfer the knowledge I have in my field of research in a simple and acceptable language to the public and children who are interested in science."

Arusha Fleming is a Coordinator for Let's Talk Science Arusha Fleming, Site Coordinator

Arusha is a third-year undergraduate in Food Science at the Macdonald Campus of McGill University. Growing up in Switzerland, Arusha always wondered why there was a greater variety of processed products like baby carrots when she travelled to different countries! Her growing curiosity lead her to pursue science.

"This is my first year as a member of Let’s Talk Science. I hope to garner that same curiosity in others and spark an interest in science, by finding relationships to what they do in their everyday lives."

For more information about the Mac Team of Let's Talk Science at McGill, please contact mac.lts.mcgill [at] gmail.com

Additional information about Let's Talk Science at McGill can be found here.

Morgan Arboretum

Morgan Arboretum logo

The Morgan Arboretum is a 245 hectare forest reserve, situated on the western end of the island of Montreal in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue and has been part of McGill University's Macdonald Campus since 1945. In addition to its teaching and research purposes, it is a recreational facility open to the public throughout the year.

The Arboretum is on the look-out for volunteers interested in spending some time in the great outdoors! Arboretum operations rely heavily on volunteers to maintain the walking trails year-round and to prepare the ski trails and snowshoe trail for the winter season. Projects directly related to forest management such as invasive species management, helping curate the natural collection and blossom corner, and seed collection also require volunteers. For the more physically inclined, the Arboretum also requires some help collecting and splitting firewood from the forest.

All Arboretum volunteers get fully trained on any equipment they may be using as well as getting informed on the different projects they are involved with. This is a great opportunity to spend some time outdoors, help a local non-profit organization and develop unique environmental experience!

The Arboretum accommodates volunteers with different experiences, backgrounds and interests. If you think you might enjoy helping out, don’t hesitate to reach out to find a project you would love to take part in!

Interested in becoming a volunteer? Please visit: https://www.mcgill.ca/morganarboretum/how-help/volunteering

Additional information about the Morgan Arboretum can be found here.

McGill University Herbarium

Student mounting plant specimens at the McGill University HerbariumThe McGill University Herbarium is the oldest research museum of dried plant specimens in Canada. Subarctic orchids, lilies from Ecuador, and medicinal plants gathered from Montreal before it was urbanized are some of the 140,000 botanical treasures showcased at the collection. McGill staff and students alike have been cataloguing natural history at the herbarium for over a century, preserving vouchers essential to understanding both past and present patterns of plant biodiversity.

The Herbarium is currently looking for volunteers to translate their new outreach activities into French, including a children's book and a workshop on botanical illustrations!

Interested in becoming a volunteer? Please contact: frieda.beauregard [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Frieda Beauregard)

Additional information about the McGill Unviersity Herbarium can be found here.

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