Student Outreach

OEB graduate students are committed to science outreach and to making science more accessible to non-scientists. These activities remind us why we chose science as a career, and also enrich our community.

Insects Hallway

The Fernald Entomology Club brings Insects in the Hallway to local schools. The goal of Insects in the Hallway is to get students excited about insects. The program features live insects, highlights from the insect natural history collection, a slideshow presentation and interactions with graduate students working in insect science. Contact Matt Boyer, the Outreach Coordinator to find out more: Matt Boyer or 413-577-1824.

Science Café

Q: What's a Science Café?
A: The Science Café series is designed to facilitate an engaging science discussion outside university walls in an informative but relaxed atmosphere. Each event is focused on a single topic, with a guest speaker, quiz bowl, and questions and answer. All events are free and open (targeted to!) the public. For more information, please see

The Science Café series, organized by graduate students in the Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (OEB) program at UMass, is supported by the Society for the Study of Evolution, the Massachusetts Academy of Sciences, OEB, and the UMass Natural History Collections. We strive to bring engaging conversations about science to broad audiences by hosting Science Cafés throughout the year.

Science Café Schedule  Science Cafés, organized by OEB grad students, are held monthly during the academic year at the NACUL Center in Amherst.  For the current schedule, check the Science Café website or click on the mug below.

That's Life[Science]

An interdisciplinary group of UMass life science graduate students, including many from OEB, has created a new outreach blog titled That's Life [Science]. To find out more, go to their website:

Other outreach sites