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Saturday Open Lab

Host a visit in your lab to recruit students for the CfAO internship program!

The goal of "Saturday Open Lab" is to expose undergraduates from underrepresented groups to research at CfAO sites, and to generate interest in our internship program. Additionally, the Saturday Open Lab will be used to implement inquiry-based teaching* strategies and instructional material developed at CfAO's Professional Development Workshop. We envision Saturday Open Labs to be developed and taught by a team of individuals from a CfAO site, combining the efforts of PI's, postdocs, graduate students, and staff scientists. CfAO EHR will assist with recruiting 10-15 students from minority and women serving institutions in your area to attend the event. Students who attend a Saturday Open Lab will learn basic optics (through an inquiry experience) and find out about your research through a brief presentation and tour of your facility.

One Possible Schedule:

9:00 - 9:30 AM
Welcome and Overview
9:30 - 10:30 AM
Inquiry Starter (exploring phenomena through Table Top Optics)
10:30 - 11:00 AM
Research Presentation: What Your Lab is Doing
11:00 - 12:30 PM
Inquiry Investigation
12:30 - 1:30 PM
1:30 - 2:30 PM
Tour of Your Lab
2:30 - 3:00 PM
Synthesis of the Morning Inquiry
3:00 - 3:30 PM
Presentation on CfAO Internships, Wrap-Up

Why you Should Host a Saturday Open Lab:

  • It is great way to get your entire research group involved in CfAO EHR.
  • Graduate students and postdocs in your group who attend the Maui Professional Development Workshop will have an opportunity to put into practice what they learn about teaching with inquiry.
  • You will be sharing your research with your local community.
  • You will get a chance to meet prospective applicants for the internship program (great way to find bright, talented students!).
  • You will get involved in recruiting students from underrepresented groups - something that is really needed within the CfAO.


May, 2003
Develop Inquiry Experience (Maui Professional Development Workshop).
September, 2003
Recruit Students to Attend (CfAO EHR will help).
October, 2003
Hold your Saturday Open Lab.
November, 2003
Report your Success and Challenges at the CfAO Fall Retreat.
November, 2003 - January, 2004
Stay in Contact with Qualified Internship Candidates.

* Inquiry-based teaching is an important tool for teaching science that is part of the National Science Standards and is widely viewed as a teaching strategy that should be used more, at all levels.


Last Modified: Jul 18, 2007 

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