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2016 WVU STEM Ambassador Program

WVU Extension Service                                                                                          

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 forty-four previous STEM Ambassadors who served in summers 2012-2015 have reported that the program was a life changing experience. More importantly, because many of the more than 40,000 children served in the last four 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 and the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design, and the WVU Institute of Technology.  Undergraduate and graduate STEM majors from these four colleges may apply for the positions and will be paid a $3,000-$4,000 stipend for the full project ($100 day for 30-40 days of work, 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 16, 2016 timeframe or a portion thereof (greater total days are possible depending on scheduling and need).  Priority is given to applications received by February 29, 2016 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: