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Information for Volunteers - Pathways

Become a part of this National Institutes of Health funded program and work with a San Francisco high school teacher and one other UCSF scientist to promote students’ access to and engagement in science learning - especially those students who are traditionally underrepresented in the sciences.

Why participate? Key outcomes


  • allows scientists to develop sustained relationships with high school students and serve as positive science role models
  • helps scientists inspire students’ interest in science by creating experiences that relate modern biology and its real life applications to students' lives
  • creates the opportunity for scientists to develop and practice their lesson planning and science teaching skills


  • $1500 stipend for completion of the Pathways program
  • Year-long partnership provides the opportunity to work closely with a high school science teacher and another UCSF scientist and function as each other's mentors
  • Support in lesson plan design and teaching through feedback and coaching by SEP staff

Program details

  • Teacher-scientist teams meet at a full day program orientation in the fall , learn about the program structures and goals and start planning out their year.
  • Scientists will participate in the Teaching Workshops For Scientists, a 3x3 hour workshop series about science teaching pedagogy.
  • Participate in a monthly journal club and discussion about science education with SEP staff and other Pathways scientists.
  • Teachers and scientists are jointly responsible for planning and conducting 6-10 lessons in the teacher's classroom for his/her participating biology/biotechnology/health/physiology course sections over the course of 8 months. The number of Pathways lessons will depend on how many class sections the lessons will be implemented in, but should not exceed 30-40 hours of classroom time for the scientist volunteers.
  • Team members will conduct a planning meeting prior to each classroom lesson and each planning meeting will also include time to debrief prior classroom lessons. Pathways staff will attend some planning/debrief meetings and classroom lessons over the course of the school year and share teaching strategies.
  • At a mid-program check-in meeting in early spring , partnership teams spend a day together, sharing lessons they developed with each other and gain insights into successful student engagement strategies and science learning opportunities.
  • Teams will reflect on the program experience and outcomes at an end-of-program session.

        The Pathways program will not be offered during the 2014-15 school year


Contact Sabine Jeske: 415-476-3756, or
Ben Koo: 415-502-6689,