Information for Cabin Leaders

Deadline is now extended to Monday, May 10th!

The American Chemical Society is looking for undergraduate, graduate students, and high school school science teachers to serve as Cabin Leaders for a 6 week long virtual summer camp hosting approximately 450 high school students interested in STEM fields.

Cabin Leaders will work in pairs to mentor a small group of 9-12 current high school students on research, resume building, college life, etc. You will be expected to hold 2-3 meetings per week with your cabin to build relationships, assist with independent assignmnets, and generally ensure the students are succeeding in the program. You are encouraged to come up with creative ways of engaging your students throughout the camp.

Want to learn more about the Virtual Summer Camp experience? Read more in the brief Cabin Leader Brochure as well as the 2020 Annual Summary, which details the camp activities and structure.

Benefits

  • Build your current resume; ideal for aspiring teachers
  • For current teachers, log professional development hours
  • Mentor future scientists and share your expertise and learnings with them
  • Build your contacts within the teaching and scientific community
  • $2,000 stipend

What to Expect

  • Cabin Leaders will be paid a stipend of at $2,000 for successfully completing required expectations
  • The program will run from Monday, June 21, through Friday, July 30, 2021
  • Cabin Leader training will require approximately 6-10 hours of time running from June 9 – June 18
  • No laptop or internet access at home?  No worries, equipment will be provided as needed for selected program participants 

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be a current undergraduate or graduate student (medical school students and post-doctoral fellows are eligible as well) OR a current high school science teacher
  • No significant competing priorities that would prevent availability for meetings and trainings
  • Research or technical experience is preferred

FAQs

Do I have to be a US citizen?

Cabin Leaders should be US citizens, permanent residents, DACA or asylum status.

How many hours will I need to devote to the program?

Cabin leaders will participate in training before the program from June 9 - June 18 for ~6 hours. Cabin leaders will then be expected to devote between 10-15 hours per week hosting cabin meetings, grading assignments, and mentoring students.

Can I be a cabin leader as a college freshman or sophomore?

You can. However, application reviewers will need to see that you are capable of leading and managing high school students.