Volunteers needed for June 22 Girls Inc. event in Jordan Hall

Girls Inc. is a local, non-profit organization in Bloomington that helps girls in the community be “strong, smart, and bold.” This summer, Girls Inc. is hosting STEM Week! in conjunction with other IU science departments like physics, chemistry, and computer science. Biology day will be held on Wednesday, June 22, from 10am-4pm. Approximately 12-15 girls ranging from ages 10-16 come to Jordan Hall for a fun day of activities.

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Volunteers needed for Science Olympiad Fossil Challenge

Indiana University is hosting the Indiana State Science Olympiad and there are a number of activities going on here on campus the day of the event, Saturday March 19th. The competition this year features a fossil identification challenge and we’re in need of volunteers to help with the grading of the fossil activity (key provided). You don’t have to be paleo-inclined, just willing to help out with a group of highly motivated high school and middle school students that are interested in the history of life on this planet.

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Leonard Springs Nature Days Seeks Volunteers

Volunteer to teach area sixth-grade students about our awesome natural heritage through multiple stations including karst, creeks, wetlands, and forests. Here are the dates:


Tuesday, March 8

Tuesday, March 22

Tuesday, March 29

Tuesday, April 5

Tuesday, April 12

Tuesday, May 10 (rain date)


Duties: If you have an interest in the outdoors and enjoy working with children, sign up for our Leonard Springs Nature Day programs. Station facilitators and group leaders are needed.


Program Time: 9:15 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

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Volunteers needed for 3rd grade classroom visits

The Biology Outreach Department takes hands-on biology activities to several classrooms throughout Bloomington and we need volunteers! We need volunteers to help run small group activities with 3rd graders.  We ask that volunteers commit to one or two classes for 5 visits over the course of the semester.  We do provide transportation to and from Jordan Hall to the elementary schools.  If you are interested in volunteering, please look over this 2016 Spring Third Grade Recruitment Schedule.  If a class fits with your schedule, please email me at lsimoni@indiana.edu.

Leah Simoni

Volunteer in Bloomington!

Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, to help those in need, to use your skills or learn new ones, to keep your resume current and to have fun! Connect to the Bloomington community by making service part of your IU experience! At the Bloomington Volunteer Network website, you’ll find over 400 volunteer opportunities in every possible area. Whether it’s volunteering with kids, animals or senior citizens, in issue areas like domestic violence, homelessness or hunger, or building up a community asset like WonderLab or the Buskirk Chumley Theater, Bloomington is waiting for you to join in! Volunteering is a great way to sink down roots in the community and to meet people who care about what you care about. Go to the Volunteer Network website at www.BloomingtonVolunteerNetwork.org, email volunteer@bloomington.in.gov or call Lucy at 812-349-3433 to learn more.

Phillips Lab seeking undergraduate research assistants

The Phillips Lab (http://phillipslab.bio.indiana.edu; Department of Biology) is seeking motivated undergraduate research assistants to volunteer in our lab, starting immediately. Our lab studies ecosystem ecology, focusing on forest and soil carbon and nutrient cycles. We aim to understand the mechanisms linking forest community composition and soil biogeochemistry, and how these biogeochemical cycles will respond to environmental changes. Please refer to our website for more information about our research and current projects.

Undergraduate research assistants will work alongside graduate students and other lab personnel. Most work will be carried out in the lab, with some field work possible. Duties will include: soil and plant tissue processing, soil and plant tissue carbon and nutrient analysis, carbon and nitrogen isotopic analysis preparation, dishwashing and other tasks as needed. All necessary training will be provided. Successful candidates will be responsible, curious and motivated students who can work independently and communicate effectively and professionally in the lab setting.

To apply, please contact Adrienne Keller (kellerab@indiana.edu) with your name, major and year in school, as well as a thoughtful but brief explanation about why you are interested in working in our lab. Please include a list of relevant coursework.