The STEM Ambassador Program (STEMAP) works with a diverse group of community partners that host STEM Ambassadors. Scroll down to learn more!
Backcountry Horsemen of Utah Mountain Ridge Chapter
Backcountry Horsemen of Utah (BCHU), is a statewide organization that promotes trail-riding for equestrians, opportunities for community service, and regular meetings for horse owners and enthusiasts. A wildlife biologist met with members of BCHU to discuss local wildlife research and learn about wildlife sightings on equestrian trails.
Bud Bailey Apartments
The Housing Authority of the County of Salt Lake operates housing complexes with services for low-income and refugee families. Bud Bailey Apartments offers afterschool programming for residents and has hosted Ambassadors in physics and geology.
Demolition Games is a game store in Salt Lake City that hosts game nights. A STEM Ambassador met with game designers at the store to discuss ways to create a game based on her research topic.
Greater Avenues Community Council
The Greater Avenues Community Council is a local governing body in the Avenues neighborhood of Salt Lake City. A STEM Ambassador who studies local water resources shared his work in regional water issues with residents at council meetings.
Harmon's Neighborhood Grocers
Harmon's is a local Utah grocery chain featuring cooking classes. A microbiologist participated in a Harmon’s fermentation cooking class where she discussed the microbiology behind fermentation while students made sauerkraut and kimchi.
INSPIRE (Initiative to bring Science Programs to the Incarcerated)
STEMAP partners with INSPIRE to provide science lectures and sustainability projects at the Salt Lake County Jail and Draper State Prison. STEM Ambassadors have provided lectures about their research topics with inmates and provided informational for corrections staff and inmates on healthy eating and water-wise landscaping.
Refugee Youth Conference
The Refugee Youth Conference is a coalition of organizations that encourages high school students with refugee backgrounds to pursue higher education. STEM Ambassadors participated in a “meet-a-scientist” seminar at their 2016 conference.
Salt Lake Community Network
The Salt Lake Community Network (SLCN) unites community councils across Salt Lake City. A STEM Ambassador presented information about local water resources to the SLCN.
Salt Lake County Senior Centers
Salt Lake County maintains 19 senior centers. Several STEM Ambassadors have given presentations on topics such as neuroscience, engineering, and physics at these venues.
Science for Youth in Custody
Juvenile Justice Services of Utah provides care for youth who are in the custody of the state of Utah, including group homes, residential treatment centers, and secure care facilities. The STEM Ambassador Program partners with Dr. Nadkarni’s youth in custody program to provide science presentations in secure care facilities. STEM Ambassadors include information about careers in science and current research. Topics presented include anthropology, genetics, and virology.
Splore is an adaptive recreation organization for people who are differently abled. I provides access to outdoor activities including rock climbing, rafting, snow shoeing, cross-country skiing, and hiking. STEM Ambassadors have provided science content during Splore trips, including math, biology, and geology.
Sunrise Senior Living
Sunrise Senior Living is a nation-wide chain of senior living and long-term care facilities. The Salt Lake location offers numerous programs for residents. STEM Ambassadors have given talks at Sunrise on neuroscience, water resource management, and plant biology.
University of Utah Facilities Management
Facilities Management maintains buildings and infrastructure at the University of Utah. A STEM Ambassador in oncological sciences met with Facilities electricians to discuss similarities between her research on biological ‘circuits’ involved in cancer and the Department’s work with electrical circuits.