Volunteers Needed for 15-Minute Role-Model Visits With BEAMS Students

Jefferson Lab’s BEAMS program – Becoming Enthusiastic About Math and Science – for fifth-grade students is ramping up for the new school year. An important part of the BEAMS experience is Role Model Visits; and Science Education staff is seeking lab volunteers to provide these 15 minute Role Model visits with the students.

For a Role Model visit, a group of about 12 –15 students is brought to the volunteer’s office or a conference room if your office isn’t feasible. The office or conference room must be in CEBAF Center. If CEBAF Center isn’t feasible, volunteers may participate in this activity by visiting the students in the Science Education classrooms, located in Rooms 72A and B in the Support Service Center, Bldg. 28.

During the visit, the volunteer talks about their job, education or job training, how they wound up at Jefferson Lab, and the aspects of their job that they most enjoy, etc. This is an informal visit; students are encouraged to ask questions. Many questions deal with education and career. An adult accompanies the students – either a teacher or a JLab Education staff member.

Role Model Visits usually take place from 11–11:15 a.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays. An Education staff member will bring the students to the volunteer’s location and pick them up after the visit. It’s fun! It’s easy! It’s short and it has a positive impact on the students, says Christine Wheeler, Science Education. For more information or to volunteer for a Role Model Visit, contact Wheeler at ext. 7560 or email wheelerc@jlab.org. She is currently filling openings for the winter session.