Teaching, Science Communications Opportunities

Science Communication Opportunities

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Teaching Opportunities

If you’re a Whitney Grad Student or Post doc looking for ways to fulfill your mentorship plan, gain experience for your CV, or just curious about whether you would enjoy teaching or not, I encourage you to take a look below at the compiled list of opportunities available to you.

If you would like to participate in any of the teaching activities listed below or wish to discuss them more in detail, please contact Education Program Manager, Brenda Cannaliato, Brenda@whitney.ufl.edu, 904-201-8406 or stop by office #203 located upstairs in the CMS.


Mentor a high school student on their Science fair project, or a research project to help the student gain college admission. Must be flexible. Students generally start science fair projects at the beginning of the school year. Note* Mentoring a high school student may require evenings and/or weekends unless the student has time during the day. If interested, we can contact the schools for you and find a student.

High School Marine Biotech Program

For February/March: chance to teach in our High School Biotech program designed for juniors and seniors enrolled in IB and/or Honors biology courses at our local high schools. The DNA kit and curriculum we use complements the teacher’s genetic component in Florida’s ‘upper level’ high school biology courses. Requires two people.

Curriculum, power points, equipment, supplies, and reagents provided. Commitment consists of prep time, two - one to two-hour visits to the teacher’s classroom, and two full days here at the lab.


Opportunity for two people each summer to teach Ethics class to our undergraduate summer interns. This is part of the REU program. Commitment time is one hour one evening a week for nine weeks during the summer. The time frame is 5:00pm – 6:00pm with dinner included. The day of the week depends upon lead instructor’s availability.

This works best if one person acts as lead and the other acts as the assistant. Then the next summer the lead person will rotate off, the assistant now acts as the lead instructor with a new person coming on as assistant. Then the following year that lead instructor rotates off, and so on. 


A chance for one, two, or more people each summer to teach Science Language class to our summer REU’s and other participating students. The class is held weekly during the summer schedule/date & time frame TBA at the beginning of each summer.


Present your research to the Whitney volunteers, lecture or demo style, late August – mid May; Day of week and time frame is negotiable.

Scientific Communication

Present your research organism, demo an experiment, or just talk research at one of our Whitney fundraisers events. From time to time our Director of Development, Jessica Long, will put out a request for ‘presenter’ to participate at one of these small or large style events. This is a great way to practice communicating ‘what you do’ to a select crowd or general audience.  

Community Events

Create an activity or demo for Science nights and/or community weekend events such as Earth day, Environmental day, Arbor Day, etc.

Whitney's K-12 STEM Program

The Whitney Laboratory hosts a variety of K-12 programs throughout the year. These on-site and off campus science programs service over 5,500 students annually and have a variety of short- and long-term teaching opportunities within them. If you are interested in outreach and science education, please see Brenda Cannaliato, brenda@whitney.ufl.edu for more details about Whitney’s school programs and/or summer camps.

*Professional guidance can be given for listing these activities on the participant’s CV.