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ChemDemos is a great way to get young people fired up about chemistry! ChemDemos outreach program was created in order to promote the discipline of chemistry, the University of Oregon, and the UO Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry by presenting safe, entertaining, and educational chemical demonstration presentations to schools and other appropriate organizations in the Eugene/Springfield area. A typical demonstration program lasts from 30 minutes to one-hour. Follow ChemDemos on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter!

MadDuck Science Friday

The Mad Duck Science outreach program was started in 2011 by chemistry faculty at the University of Oregon who wanted to fill a growing gap in science education in local schools. In an era of reduced funding for science education at all levels, hands-on science education has been hit especially hard. Our goal was to assemble faculty and graduate students across department lines with local educators to provide a cohesive lab-based science education program for local students on days when school has been shortened or cancelled due to budget cuts.

SAIL Chemistry Camp

SAIL Chemistry Camp offers campers the opportunity to explore the ways in which chemistry affects our lives, from food chemistry to manufacturing sustainable products. Campers engage in hands-on activities in a college chemistry laboratory and presentations centered around daily chemistry themes such as Polymers, CSI, Food Chemistry, or Materials Science. The Summer Academy to Inspire Learning is a University of Oregon program aimed at increasing students’ enrollment and success in college. SAIL invites 8th through 12th grade students from local high schools to participate.


SAACS – Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society is an undergraduate organization dedicated to promoting a greater understanding and appreciation of chemistry.
SACNAS – Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science seeks to encourage students of all backgrounds to pursue a career in any STEM field.
CMiS – A Community for Minorities in STEM (CMiS) at the University of Oregon focuses on fostering a supportive and inclusive community for ethnic and cultural minorities in all disciplines of science, technology and mathematics.
UOWGS – UO Women in Graduate Studies organization strives for gender equality by focusing on the professional development of women in all disciplines of science to enable them to become successful contributors to their fields.
LGBT+ in STEM – Aims to create a community for LGBT+ people in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, while providing education around LGBT+ issues for all people in the STEM fields.
OSA – UO Student Chapter of the Optical Society of America focuses on promoting optics through cutting-edge research, collaboration, and outreach of optical demonstrations for the public.
University Innovation Fellows – An interdisciplinary community of innovation and design thinking on campus.



Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry (CSMC)

The CSMC Summer Research Program for undergraduates is a nine-week summer research program in sustainable materials science. Research positions are available in Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering.  CSMC also engages high school students through their involvement with Saturday Academy-Apprenticeships in Science and Engineering (ASE).


STEM CORE stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Careers through Outreach Research and Education. It is a consortium of UO science, math and education faculty, STEM outreach and education program coordination staff, community college faculty, K-12 collaborators, STEM industry and government partners and supporters.


The University of Oregon Courses for High School Students (UOCHSS) Program is designed for high school students who would like to take advantage of furlough and non-school days to further their education. Students in the UOCHSS Program have an opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses only on a smaller scale than what is typically offered in college.