University of Rochester
Community Service Activities 2003-2004

High School Students and Teenagers

Academic STEP Program

STEP participants engage in weekly hands-on research and/or clinical learning experiences. These learning opportunities are structured and scheduled around Wednesday and Saturday sessions. Sessions meet every Wednesday (the City School District's early dismissal day) from 3 to 5 p.m. and two Saturdays each month from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. On Wednesday, participants are introduced to basic laboratory research skills by examining different aspects of biological sciences. During Saturday sessions, STEP participants are exposed to academic enrichment opportunities designed around instruction in math, science, problem-based learning (PBL), and test taking. In addition, the Saturday sessions provide opportunities for special projects, speakers, group discussions and group presentations. These experiences are arranged to link and give meaning to Wednesday sessions and to expand participants' learning as they explore relationships between health and science related topics/issues, academic achievement and career development. The Academic STEP runs from November to May and application packages are available beginning each September.
Nathaniel Holmes, Ph.D., Office of Medical Education, School of Medicine and Dentistry

Art History Research Project Assistance

The Memorial Art Gallery provides ongoing assistance to area students with research projects which incorporate works from the Gallery's collection.
Web/contact: 473-7720 x3022
Charlotte Whitney Allen Library

Autism Spectrum Disorders Program

Based at the Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong, the program provides behavioral/educational consultation to children/families/schools around the education of children with autism spectrum. It assists with more than 130 children in 10 counties and 26 school districts.
Caroline Magyar

Camp EAGR (Epilepsy Association of Greater Rochester)

Each year, for one week in August, doctors and nurses from the Strong Epilepsy Center volunteer their time at Camp EAGR. This is a residential summer camp for boys and girls, ages 8 to 15, who have epilepsy, regardless of seizure control. The camp provides children with an unforgettable experience, offering them the opportunity to learn more about themselves and others who have epilepsy, increase their self-confidence and independence and enjoy a wide variety of activities.
Web/contact: 275-0698
Michel Berg, M.D.

Cancer Information Program

Cancer Center clinical faculty and staff provide tours and both on-site and off-site talks to school groups, community organizations, and employee groups on cancer-related issues, including prevention, detection, and treatment. Free pamphlets and brochures available.
Leslie White

Careers in Occupational Therapy

The occupational therapy department provides tours, observation opportunities and staffing for area high school career days.
Web/contact: 341-9000
Linda Fisher

Carlson Library for Science and Engineering Tours

The library offers customized tours for high school students interested in attending the University.
Web/contact: 275-8165
Katie Clark

Chemistry in Action Show

Undergraduate students, from the Undergraduate Chemistry Council, give chemistry demonstrations to high school students, in mid December and/or April.
Lewis Rothberg, Department of Chemistry

Children of Divorce Intervention

Programs of the Children's Institute are preventive, school-based programs designed to help children cope with the emotional and behavioral difficulties which often follow parental divorce.
Web/contact: 295-1000
JoAnne Pedro-Carroll

Creative Workshop Art Classes

The Memorial Art Gallery offers for adults, teens and children as young as two and a half. Creative workshop scholarships for children are administered by the Rochester City School District.
Web/contact: 473-7720 x3056
Lawrence Merrill

Department of Athletics and Recreation

The Department of Athletics and Recreation is host to many area agencies for special programming:
Drum & bugle corp:
Crusaders summer competition
Football: Eddie Meath Game

Engineering Explorers Post

The University of Rochester School of Engineering and Applied Sciences in cooperation with the Exploring Division of the Otetiana Council, offers a six-week Engineering Explorers Post during the spring semester. The focus of this Explorers Post is to introduce a career in engineering to high school girls.
Web/contact: 275-4155
School of Engineering Dean's Office

Finger Lakes Regional Poison and Drug Information Center at the University of Rochester Medical Center

The Poison and Drug Information Center provides emergency management of accidental and intentional poison ingestions as well as drug and lactation information services to over 28,000 callers from the Finger Lakes region each year. The Center also provides poison prevention literature, resources, and facilitator training for child care providers, parents, grandparents, educators, community leaders, and health professionals who work with pre-school children. The Center, which serves a 12-county area, offers an Occupational and Environmental Toxicology Clinic available by primary care physician referral. TTY and translation services are available. Speakers for professional organizations or agencies are also available. The poison center has recently been awarded a grant to address special needs of some populations which allows for presentations specifically regarding deaf and migrant worker populations.
John Benitez, M.D., M.P.H., Managing Director/Assoc. Medical Director, Ruth A. Lawrence, M.D., Medical Director

Global Perspectives

A program for community schools in which international students studying at the University of Rochester and other area colleges volunteer to make presentations to grades K -12 about their countries and cultures.
Web/contact: 275-8779
Judy Weinstein, Rochester International Council

Hadassah's "Check It Out" Program

Hadassah is a Jewish women's organization with health education, social action and advocacy, and leadership training as the primary focuses. "Check It Out" is an education program targeted at high school students to teach them about breast and testicular cancer. Working with a team from Hadassah, student volunteers in the School of Medicine and Dentistry's Student of Rochester Outreach are trained to teach the self-examination portions of the program to high school students in the Rochester area.
Students of Rochester Outreach, School of Medicine and Dentistry

Hematology/Oncology Education Liaison Program (H.E.L.P.)

H.E.L.P. evaluates children (from infants to teenagers) with cancer and blood disorders for cognitive/academic difficulties related to treatment, monitors educational performance and programs, advocates for patients and families within the educational system, and educates patients, parents, and school districts on the neurocognitive/academic effects of cancer therapy, as well as conducting school reentry visits for classmates prior to a student's return after a cancer diagnosis.
Kathryn Wissler, Georgia Beyer

Highland Hospital Career Shadowing Program

Highland Hospital frequently hosts students from area schools interested in health care careers. The students "shadow" medical professionals as volunteers at Highland in such areas as nursing, physical and occupational therapy, etc. and observe patient care techniques. This program also hosts school children.
Highland Hospital

High School Outreach

Tau Beta Pi, the University of Rochester chapter of the national engineering honor society, sponsors a high school outreach program whereby presentations and demonstrations on engineering are made, upon request, to local high schools by members of this honor society.
Web/contact: 275-4155
School of Engineering Dean's Office

High School Portfolio Class

The Memorial Art Gallery offers a two-year portfolio class for high school students from the Rochester City School District seeking admission to college arts programs.
Web/contact: 473-7720 x3056
Lawrence Merrill

High School Tutoring and Mentoring Program

School of Medicine and Dentistry Students provide one-on-one mentoring and tutoring for Rochester City School District High School students who are academically at risk for failing their core subjects.
Students of Rochester Outreach, School of Medicine and Dentistry

HIV Vaccine Development

Upon request, the HIV Vaccine Trials Unit at the University of Rochester will provide educational pamphlets, brochures and presentations to high school faculty and staff about the local research and development efforts to find a preventative HIV vaccine. Presentations to faculty and staff, and to general assemblies attended by students and their families, can be arranged in advance by calling the Community Educator for the HVTU. Those interested in participating in this unit vaccine studies should contact the HVTU Research Nurses directly.
275-0459 for presentation and 273-2437 for participation in vaccine studies
Patrick Fisher

Laboratory for Laser Energetics Summer High School Research Program

The Laboratory for Laser Energetics sponsors this program which allows approximately 12 highly motivated high school students to participate in research projects at the University's Laboratory for Laser Energetics for eight weeks during the summer. The application deadline is mid-March.
Web/contact: 275-5467
R. Stephen Craxton

Life Sciences Learning Center

The Life Sciences Learning Center (LSLC), located in the University of Rochester Medical Center, is devoted entirely to pre-college science education. Its programs target middle and high school students and teachers throughout Western New York. Programs include laboratory investigations for middle and high school students and Advanced Placement biology classes; professional development workshops for science teachers; summer, weekend and school vacation science programs.
Dina Markowitz, Ph.D., Department of Environmental Medicine, School of Medicine and Dentistry

Eddie Meath All-Star Game

The Department of Athletics and Recreation hosts the Annual Eddie Meath All-Star Football Game the first Saturday in August held at Fauver Stadium. Proceeds to benefit local charity.
Jane Possee

Memorial Art Gallery Volunteer and Internship Experience

High school and college students work closely with museum staff on a variety of projects, including art historical research, educational program development, and Creative Workshop children's classes.
Web/contact: 473-7720 x3070
Mary Ann Monley

Music Classes

The Eastman School of Music's Community Education Division offers a variety of lessons, classes, workshops, and special events during the academic year and during the summer. Programs include private lessons, early childhood classes, ensembles, free concerts and recitals, and more. These offerings are continued in the summer, along with additional special camps and programs such as Music Horizon (for high school students considering a career in music) and the Piano Festival and Competition.
Howard Potter

NSBE Pre-College Initiative

Members of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) often visit schools and bring students to campus to discuss the importance of a college education, explore the various fields of engineering and the physical sciences, and encourage academic excellence.
Web/contact: 275-4155
School of Engineering Dean's Office

On Track to Engineering Pre Program (OTEPP)

In a unique collaboration between the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Baden Street Settlement, 25 City of Rochester high school students are enrolled in a 3-year introduction to engineering opportunity. These students, initially selected through the City of Rochester's Good Grades Pay program, spend the academic year participating in various hands-on explorations let by engineering students and faculty. In order to stimulate their enthusiasm about engineering and science, these select students also receive tutoring to enhance their math and science achievement, and practice written and oral communication skills to enrich their command of the English language, in addition to touring local industries to learn more about engineering and its application.
Web/contact: 275-4155
School of Engineering Dean's Office

P.A.R.T.I.C.L.E. (Physicists and Rochester Teachers Inventing Classroom Experiments) Program

The Department of Physics and Astronomy hosts the P.A.R.T.I.C.L.E. Program to introduce local high school teachers and students to the work of researchers at the University in elementary particle physics. The center hosts a number of ongoing activities, including R&D in collaboration with local teachers in low-cost particle detectors for the high school classroom. The center also hosts summer workshops for teachers on the development of material to enhance the physics curriculum in their classrooms by the inclusion of examples and laboratory exercises related to modern research into the fundamental structure of matter.


Eastman Pathways, the most visible program of the William Warfield Partnership, provides 70 motivated Rochester City School students with scholarship aid, allowing them to pursue music studies through Eastman School of Music's Community Education Division at little or no cost. Scholarship recipients follow different paths depending upon their ages and ability levels.
Jan Angus

Pediatric Links with the Community (PLC)/Child Advocacy Resident Education (CARE) Kids Cafe Volunteer Program

Partnership with FoodLink, medical and undergraduate students host local after-school programs that offer children a safe and easily accessible place to receive homework assistance, recreational opportunities, nutrition education and a hot supper. These programs attempt to lessen the impact of childhood hunger through a collaborative community effort. The goal of Kids Cafe program is to increase the nutritional intake of children by introducing them to a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. In addition, the children are educated about the importance of making healthy eating choices.
Sandi Tu

Pediatric Links with the Community (PLC) Program

PLC is now entering its eighth year of teaching pediatric residents, medicine-pediatric residents and medical students about community-based health care and nurturing their advocacy for the health of children in Rochester. Each resident has the opportunity to visit 16 -20 community-based organizations during a PLC two-week block rotation.
Web/contact: 273-3737
Jeffrey Kaczorowski, M.D., Laura Jean Shipley, M.D.

Physical Therapy Career Day

The Physical Therapy Department offers lectures, tours, and observation days to area schools.
Kathy Owens

Pre-College Experience in Physics (P.R.E.P.) Program

The Department of Physics and Astronomy sponsors a four-week, nonresidential, summer science program for 24 local high school women to do hands-on investigations of physics principles and to learn more about careers for women in the sciences. Web/contact:
Priscilla Auchincloss, Connie Jones

Rochester Scholars

The Rochester Scholars program is an academic experience providing bright, talented, motivated high school students an opportunity for in-depth exploration of topics in the sciences, social sciences, engineering, and humanities. Classes include What's Up Doc? Exploring the Pre-Med Experience; Argument & Debate; International Politics; Creative Writing and many more. Offered as three, two-week summer sessions, as well as weeklong programs during the academic year, students select a morning and an afternoon course. The program affords students the chance to interact with peers from a variety of area high schools with a wide range of interests and goals. A Rochester Scholars Certificate is presented upon completion. Interested students may obtain information and an application by contacting the Office of Special Programs.
Web/contact: 275-2344
Gayle Jagel, Director, Office of Special Programs

Section V High School Athletes

The Department of Athletics and Recreation hosts many Section V postseason contests within the River Campus Sports Complex. Featured are: football, field hockey, lacrosse, swimming, and indoor track and field. Regular season high school contests and tournaments are also showcased in basketball and football in the Lou Alexander Palestra and Edwin Fauver Stadium.
Jane Possee

Senior Nights

Several High School Senior Nights are sponsored by Athletics and Recreation in the spring of each year.
Jane Possee

"Show and Tell of Microbiology"

Staff make presentations at schools and sometimes students come to the microbiology labs for a tour and presentation.
Edward Kohlmeier

SHPE High School Outreach Conference

Members of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) offer a one-day conference for high school students during October, National Hispanic Heritage Month. This conference serves to motivate these students to strive for academic excellence in mathematics and science so that they can attend college and obtain a degree in science, math or engineering. Program includes cultural activities, engineering activities, and college preparation presentations.
Web/contact: 275-4155
School of Engineering Dean's Office

Summer Science Academy

A summer science program for high school students and teachers. The Academy curriculum includes hands-on lab activities, seminars, independent library research and computer activities on topics including: microbiology, molecular biology, environmental medicine, biocomputing and bioethics. Activities are available for participating teachers to take back to school.
Dina Markowitz, Ph.D., Department of Environmental Medicine, School of Medicine and Dentistry

Summer Sports Camps

The University's Department of Athletics and Recreation offers summer sports camps for children ages seven to 16. The program includes camps for swimming, soccer, football, boys and girls basketball, and an instructional sports camp.
Jane Possee

Summer Step Program

The Summer STEP is an intensive six-week hands-on learning experience designed to expose highly motivated seventh through twelfth grade students to learning and professional development opportunities. Further, it is designed for students who have recognized the importance of staying ahead and want to take advantage of their summer break to improve their academic and clinical skills. This experience is gained under the direct supervision of a preceptor who guides student projects and contributions to ongoing research. Program participants attend research seminars and informational sessions dealing with current topics in biomedical research. In addition, presentations are designed to enhance students' knowledge in specific areas of the biomedical sciences with the goal of preparing them, as well as encourage them to pursue a career in biomedical/behavioral research field or pursue a health-related science major as college students. The Summer STEP runs from July to August and applications are available in May.
Nathaniel Holmes, Ph.D., Office of Medical Education, School of Medicine and Dentistry

Taste of College

The Taste of College program enables high school juniors and seniors to take college level courses. The classes open to Taste of College participants are part of the University's standard curriculum, not scaled-down versions. Taste of College students attend classes with full-time undergraduates and faculty, while also having access to the intellectual and technological resources of a world-class research university. Students gain valuable college experience while earning credits that may be transferable to other colleges and universities. Course descriptions may be at our Web site. Scholarships are available, based on financial need. Interested students may obtain information and an application by contacting the Office of Special Programs.
Web/contact: 275-2344
Gayle Jagel, Director, Office of Special Programs

Theater Program

The College sponsors this program which allows students from the School of the Arts to participate in drama productions at Todd Theatre on campus, where appropriate.
Web/contact: 273-5159
Nigel Maister


Nurse-midwives from Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong and medical students from Students of Rochester Outreach (School of Medicine and Dentistry) provide support for a prenatal program at this inner-city health care center for teenagers.
Ellen Croog

Together Including Every Student (TIES)

Volunteers work with children/young adults with developmental disabilities (ages 8 -21) in extracurricular and community activities.
Students of Rochester Outreach, School of Medicine and Dentistry

Youth Volunteer Program

Highland Hospital places numerous youth volunteers in various areas of the hospital to assist with functions such as project management, deliveries, etc.
Tressi Daymon

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