Along with its research and teaching missions, the Biology Department at Duke University prioritizes sharing biology with the public at large. Our engagement takes a variety of forms.
K-12 school outreach
- Faculty host grade school students as researchers in their laboratories
- Graduate students and Biomajors present in on-campus outreach activities for grade schoolers (e.g., FEMMES)
- They also give presentations or workshops at local grade schools
- Graduate students work with grade school teachers to develop science-related activities
- Faculty serve as judges for local science fairs
- Faculty write books (or book sections) intended to be used in K-12 classes (e.g., Dean Nowicki's high school Biology textbook)
- Teaching staff work with companies to develop educational materials to be implemented at schools (e.g., Carolina Biological Supply Natural Selection with Drosophila kit)
- Faculty give advertised public-forum live presentations, such as Science Café and Periodic Tables
- Research staff lead walks and talks to students and/ or the public in and around Duke Forest, the Duke Herbarium, and the Highlands Nature Center
- Faculty discuss their or others' research in the mass media
- Faculty testify before Congressional committees on issues related to their specialty
- They also participate in Forest Service workshops associated with broad issues such as climate change
- And, advise national academies and federal funding agencies about scientific priorities
Please contact the Department if you want to arrange an outreach activity at your school, business, or event.