In2Science

An innovative, multi-university schools partnership program where volunteer university STEM students are placed into year 7 to year 10 classes in low socioeconomic high schools and act as mentors to the students.

What is In2Science?

In2science is a science peer mentoring program that works to engage high school students from low socio-economic areas with science and maths. University students volunteer their time to work as a mentor in year 7 to 10 science or maths classrooms or as an online eMentor for 10-week placements.  

Over the 10 weeks you will get to know the students and encourage them to relate the science/maths they are studying in class to their lives and interests outside of school with the aim of inspiring students to get excited about and pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) to year 12 and beyond. You will show that scientists are diverse people not restricted to lab coats and that science is important in many aspects of our lives!

Volunteering with In2science is a great way to give back to the community while developing your communication skills, enhancing your resume, getting a taste for the classroom and informing our society about the importance and wonders of science.

Who are the program coordinators?

In2science is a multi-university program run concurrently at Monash, La Trobe, Swinburne and RMIT. See the In2science website for more information on the rest of the team.

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Julia is the Faculty of Science Schools Outreach Coordinator (STEM). Along with In2science, she also coordinates the travelling outreach program Science Delivery, and the annual Yr 10 Work Experience program. Previously, she presented science workshops to school students as a member of the Shell Questacon Science Circus, and was Producer/Presenter for Network Ten’s kids science show Scope.
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Hayden is a PhD candidate within the School of Earth Sciences where he researches the volcanoes that transport diamonds to the Earth’s Surface. He has been an In2science mentor since 2017 and started coordinating the program at the beginning of 2019. Prior to commencing his PhD, was a high school chemistry teacher in London.

Benefits to the In2Science mentors

  • Training, support and career development opportunities
  • Developing communication and interpersonal skills
  • Enhance your resume
  • Show that scientists are diverse people not restricted to lab coats
  • First-hand experience of teaching as a possible vocational pathway
  • The satisfaction of assisting students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the program, you need to be a student studying in the Faculty of Science or Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences and must have completed the first year of your undergraduate studies or be at any stage of studying towards a postgraduate degree.

Time commitment

If selected, you will be required to attend one ~6-hour training session together with other trainee In2science mentors. This normally takes place the week before the semester starts or during the first week of the semester.

The program runs for 10 weeks during the semester with one class-visit (or online meeting for e-mentors) per week. Visits last from ~1 to ~1.5 hours depending on the length of the particular class. Travel times vary depending on school location, but we expect the total visit to take no more than ~3 hours including travel to and from the school.

Note that travel by public transport is reimbursed at the end of the semester.

How to apply

Applications are open all year round. The cut-off for each semester is the week prior to the semester beginning. Any applications after this time will be considered for the following semester.

Apply here

For more information email Julia and Hayden (In2science Coordination Team): science-in2science@unimelb.edu.au