How to get involved

We’re excited to welcome new graduate students this fall! SITN has many different initiatives, so no matter what you’re interested in, there’s something for you. Our initiatives are continuing in either virtual or hybrid formats for Fall 2021, and there are many ways to get involved.

Check out the initiatives below and join our graduate student mailing list to hear about ongoing opportunities. If you find something that interests you, contact the initiatives directly or email us at sitnboston@gmail.com. (We are a Harvard Graduate Student Group, but if you are a Boston-area graduate student interested in any of these initiatives, send us an email.)

Writing

Do you want to communicate cutting-edge science to an audience of thousands of readers? We have opportunities year-round to write or edit longform or shortform articles for the SITN blog. Learn more about getting involved with the blog here.

Current opportunities:
  • Write longform articles (join the SITN mailing list to receive the fall sign-up form)

Graphics

Looking for something more visual? Join our graphics team and make images for blog articles, infocomics (like our recent COVID-19 series), lectures, advertisements, and more. Learn more here.

Current opportunities:
  • Design graphics for SITN (email Jovana, Abby, and Xiaomeng at sitnbostongraphics@gmail.com)

Podcast

Or is audio more your style? SITN has a scripted podcast, Sit’N Listen, and a conversational series called Pint-Sized Science, courtesy of Science by the Pint. Volunteers write scripts, conduct interviews, and edit recordings. Learn more about getting involved here.

Current opportunities:
Sit’N Listen (fill out this form and email Delphine at sitnpodcast@gmail.com)
  • Producer: Oversee production of the Sit’N Listen podcast
  • Editor: Edit existing content into episodes
  • Correspondent: Write scripts on interesting scientific topics for new episodes
  • Interviewer: Conduct interviews with scientists and other people who engage with science
Pint-Sized Science (email the Science by the Pint co-chairs at sciencebythepint@gmail.com)
  • Interview a scientist and produce an episode for our new Pint-Sized Science podcast

Speaking and presenting

Prefer to interact with your audience in real-time? SITN hosts many public events and lectures with different formats and target audiences (Seminar SeriesScience by the PintDayCon). There are opportunities to get involved as an event organizer or as a speaker.

Learn more about getting involved with:

Current opportunities:
Seminar series (email us at sitnboston@gmail.com)
  • Give a seminar as part of the virtual Fall Seminar Series
  • Coordinate a seminar
  • Technical director
  • Publicity director
Science by the Pint (email the co-chairs at sciencebythepint@gmail.com)
  • Interview a scientist and produce an episode for our new Pint-Sized Science podcast
DayCon 2022 (fill out this form or email the directors at sitn.daycon@g.harvard.edu)
  • Co-Directors (3): Lead a team of committee chairs to organize and run the event

Educational outreach

Want to inspire future scientists? Model Organism Zoo is a STEM outreach program that introduces middle/high school students to model organisms and empowers them to see themselves as scientists. Learn more here.

Current opportunities:
  • Organize an interactive biology event for K-12 kids as an Event Coordinator (email Hasreet and Noel at modelorganismzoo@gmail.com)

SITN-wide logistics

Do you like seeing the big picture? There’s a lot of coordinating that goes on behind the scenes to support all of our SITN initiatives by publicizing events, communicating with members, managing finances, and updating our website. Learn more about these roles here.

Current opportunities (email us at sitnboston@gmail.com):
  • Apply for grants and manage our finances as Treasurer
  • Form partnerships with other local orgs and share our content as Community Outreach Director
  • Promote our content through visual media and gather content for our virtual Art Gallery as Instagram Communication Director and Art Gallery Curator (follow us at @sitnboston)
  • Maintain our website as Webmaster

Interested in something you don’t see here? We want to hear your ideas for new ways SITN can communicate current science to the public.

Graphics by Jovana Andrejevic