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FUTURES

FUTURES

a North Carolina Science Festival initiative

FUTURES is a STEM outreach program that empowers community college faculty, staff, students, and alumni to connect with their local community through sharing their personal stories.

This program is currently seeking new campus partners.

The FUTURES program is seeking to expand its programming across the state of  North Carolina. See below for a map of our active locations.

FUTURES will expand to all 58 NC community colleges by 2025.

FUTURES is made possible by the generous support of the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation.

Selected FUTURES participants will receive:

  • Workshops that help hone their skills in science communication and storytelling
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Opportunities to network with professionals and connect with their community
  • A modest stipend
  • Swag

This program consists of the following commitments:

  • Complete two two-hour workshops
  • Complete at least one consultation
  • Develop a personal story
  • Participate in at least one virtual or in-person outreach event
  • Complete program evaluations

Depending on the location, this program will take an estimated two months to complete. Most participants complete this program within a semester.

Apply to join the FUTURES program.

FUTURES is here to help support pre-existing events at community colleges by supplying support and trained science storytellers that will be able to promote the college.

Examples of outreach events:

  • Open house
  • Student recruiting events
  • Special events such as induction ceremonies
  • Classroom visit
  • Science fairs
  • Science nights
  • Science Cafés
  • A two-part special event where students can meet the FUTURES scientists and then conduct experiments with scientists

For more information, please contact the FUTURES team via email: FUTURES@email.unc.edu