Carnegie Mellon University
Leonard Gelfand Center

Welcome to the Leonard Gelfand Center for Service Learning and Outreach!

We work with faculty, students and staff through on-campus and community-based activities that improve educational opportunities, especially in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education for youth.  The Leonard Gelfand Center for Service Learning and Outreach was endowed by alumnus Mark Gelfand to create and strengthen partnerships with local schools and education providers.

Our services are wide-ranging.  

The Gelfand Center services include, but are not limited to:

  • Coordinates the Gelfand Outreach program through which university faculty and students plan and conduct STEM-focused workshops for K-12 students; formats include week-long summer workshops and Saturday programs during the academic year.
  • Conducts professional development activities for STEM teachers; these may include focus-group sessions that enable educators to help CMU faculty to understand connections between their research and school curricula.  Faculty use this to develop more effective broader impacts strategies for proposals.
  • Assists with the planning and implementation of activities to satisfy the Broader Impact criteria of the National Science Foundation.
  • Hires students to tutor at the SciTech Academy of the Pittsburgh Public Schools, and at other sites.
  • Designs and conducts Carnegie Mellon educational field trips for local schools and organizations, with priority given to programs that serve at-risk youth. CMU faculty and students typically providing workshops and demonstrations at these events.  
  • Provides annual faculty and student awards to recognize significant contributions made to the community.

Please explore our site to learn about the work of the Gelfand Center and contact us if you have any questions!