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About the Bio Links Program

The Molecular Biosciences Links to Teaching K-12 Outreach Program

Launched in the spring of 2007, the BIO Links program provides Rutgers University and Robert Wood Johnson - UMDNJ Molecular Biosciences graduate students and postdocs the opportunity to volunteer their time in local public schools. The program is a partnership between the Molecular Biosciences graduate students and postdocs, and science teachers at local public schools. BIO Links volunteers are paired with a science teacher from a local school and make a commitment to visit one class per week for nine weeks. Some past volunteers have decided to continue visiting the classrooms well beyond the nine week commitment.

What others are saying about BIO Links:

Graduate Students

  • “I definitely enjoyed the students and their amazement in this field of science that they had never been exposed to..... It actually made me excited once again about science.”
  • “I got to teach a lecture related to my field, as well as present my research to [the class].”
  • “I really recommend this experience to people interested in a teaching career.”
  • “I liked the interaction with the students the most. There were quite a few times when they would ask me questions that they seemed reluctant to ask the teacher.”

Teachers

  • ”(The student volunteer) did not have to be asked twice to participate. She also volunteered to assist and bring a presentation.”
  • ”The volunteers helped a lot during labs when a second pair of hands really helps.”
  • ”(The student volunteer) was charming, positive, respectful and eager to share her knowledge.”

Public School Students

What they learned from the BIO Links volunteers:

  • “It can take ten years to complete research.”
  • “That you can use fish to study cancer and find a cure.”
  • “That atoms are everything.”
  • “How to explain and solve problems easier and faster.”
  • “That they spend a lot of time in the laboratory, not in a classroom.”

Why do people become scientists:

  • “To find out the secrets of everything.”
  • “To try to improve life, and the environment where we live.”