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2017 WVU STEM Ambassador Program

WVU Stem Ambassadors act as science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) instructors and camp/cabin counselors during 4-H summer camps and events across the state of West Virginia. Given training and materials, ambassadors travel throughout the state during the summer and deliver pre-arranged STEM curriculum in a variety of settings. Events include county 4-H day or overnight camps, summer youth program sites, state 4-H camps located at Jackson’s Mill in Jane Lew, WV, the West Virginia State Fair located in Lewisburg, WV, and camps on the WVU campuses in Morgantown and Beckley.

This is a great opportunity for students to earn some extra money this summer, improve their teaching and leadership skills, and camp in beautiful locations in the West Virginia wilderness all while spreading their enthusiasm for science to children across the state. This will be the fifth year of the program and the more than fifty previous STEM Ambassadors who served in summers 2012-2016 have reported that the program was a life changing experience. More importantly, because many of the more than 50,000 children served in the last five years have little access to hands-on science or college students and/or graduates, the STEM Ambassadors can actually change lives by inspiring future scientists and engineers.

Program Details:
This program is run through WVU Extension Services, the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, and the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design. At this time, participation from the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences and the WVU Institute of Technology is undetermined.  Undergraduate and graduate STEM majors from these colleges may apply for the positions and will be paid a $3,000-$4,000 stipend for the full project (total days vary depending on schedule and need) to teach hands-on science activities to youth across the state.  Room and board will be provided at the various camps and travel is reimbursed.  Ambassadors are guaranteed at least 25 days of work on the project during the May 22 through August 11, 2017 timeframe or a portion thereof (greater total days are possible depending on scheduling and need). Priority is given to applications received by Monday March 13, 2017 but will be taken until all positions are filled.

More details and a full list of qualifying STEM majors is listed in the Position Announcement. A direct link to both the application and position announcement is available here:

Jen Robertson-Honecker, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)
West Virginia University Extension Service
4-H Youth Development
PO Box 6031
616 Knapp Hall
Morgantown, WV 26506
Office: 304.293.8130