Outreach-Dept of Physics - Carnegie Mellon University

Outreach

Carnegie Mellon's Physics Department pursues outreach in many ways, through centrally organized programs and through personal efforts of individuals. The following is a sampling of just a portion our activities.

The Summer Academy for Mathematics and Science is a rigorous six-week residential summer experience for high school students who have a strong interest in math and science. Students who are entering their junior or senior year and are considering careers in engineering, science, and other math-based disciplines are eligible to apply. Students must be at least 15 years old to participate in this program. Both Kunal Ghosh and George Klein are involved in this program.

The Carnegie Mellon Institute for Talented Elementary Students (CMITES) offers a summer program for academically talented 3rd - 7th graders designed to complement what students have studied in school and provide them with challenges in mathematics, science, or the humanities.

The Buhl Lectures bring a distinguished visitor to campus each year for public and technical lectures.

The Carnegie Mellon Physics Concepts Outreach Program has been part of the CMU Physics Department since the late 1990s. The goals of the program are to teach scientific methods and concepts, and to build self-confidence for selected inner-city students. The program tries to achieve these goals by providing 6-8th grade inner-city students with hands-on experience as they carry out science fair projects during the fall semester, with the help of mentors, presenting their projects at the PJAS (PA Jr. Academy of Sciences) science fair in February, and having the students attend lectures on physics concepts given by CMU faculty during the spring semester. The program is led by Professors Kisslinger and Ferguson.

Professor Richard Holman is active in the Pittsburgh Teachers Institute, a collaborative activity between Carnegie Mellon and Chatham College the last three years. The Institute takes place weekly in the spring, and involves approximately fifty K-12 teachers, with Holman teaching the Seminars on Sciences component of the Institute.

The Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Sciences (PGSS), directed by Barry Luokkala, brings high school students to campus for a five week annual summer program.  This program very successfully operated up until 2008.