Engaging Undergraduate Students in Outreach Activities.

Project leaders: Cas Kramer and Nicola Suter-Giorgini.

 This project was funded by the GENIE CETL grant.

students looking in microscopeThere are currently over forty undergraduates and postgraduates from the College of Biological Sciences, Medicine and Psychology who are involved in developing activities or demonstrating at outreach activities. Training is provided by GENIE staff and the University’s Widening Participation Department.

Through these extracurricular activities students have developed a range of skills which have enriched their

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overall experience.  These skills include scientific, organisational, teaching, time management, to name but a few. Below are some quotes from undergraduate students after demonstrating on Dynamic DNA, a ‘hands on’ experience day for 13-15 year olds.

 I was terrified at the thought of nearly 300 14 year olds being in the labs at the same time, but it worked and was great fun.


I was demonstrating an activity to show genetic diversity. I got a real buzz from it because the kids and the teachers were really attentive and wanted to know.


This was the second time that I have been involved with Dynamic DNA, it's exciting and has made me think again about going into teaching.

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