How you can help our mission

Volunteers are an important part of our team and intregral in helping us achieve our mission. Because of the nature of the iBIO Institute’s work, volunteers are carefully screened.

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The Institute’s EDUCATE Center delivers industry-led STEM programs for teachers and students, thereby inspiring the next generation of innovators and helping restore America’s leadership in technology education.

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 The iBIO Institute’s Alliance Center connects local, regional and national organizations by appropriately engaging key stakeholders to advance the shared goal of bringing new treatments to patients more efficiently.

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The Institute’s PROPEL Center helps guide the development of formation-stage and early-stage life sciences companies by providing entrepreneurs with access to specialized resources and expertise to prepare them for early-stage funding.

Volunteer Opportunities

PROPEL is always looking for business professionals and subject matter experts to help our companies achieve their next milestone. PROPEL volunteers may be asked to sign non-disclosure agreements.

We are looking for professionals working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields to help inspire girls to pursue their interest in STEM fields. Volunteers provide 10-minute presentations to the girls on their education and career paths; current jobs; and challenges and emerging opportunities in their particular STEM field. Speakers engage in Q&A with the girls, and they may also assist teachers in the facilitation of hands-on learning activities. The learning activities will be distributed, in advance, to speakers who would like to participate. We have Stellar Girl’s locations in the following Chicagoland areas and neighboring suburbs: Northwest Chicago, Southwest Chicago, South Chicago, Skokie, Lincolnwood, Wheeling, Elgin, Batavia, Bedford Park, Summit, and Manhattan.

Requirements:

  • Attend a 20 minute orientation session either in-person or via teleconference.
  • Prepare a brief 10 minute presentation to present at the Stellar Girls School of your choice.
  • Coordinate school visit with EDUCATE staff.
  • Provide own transportation to and from presentation.
  • Complete the online survey about your experience. This survey will be emailed to you following your presentation.

Volunteers provide visibility to women and men working in STEM careers, help girls recognize their own potential, and make connections between the hands-on explorations and future careers. This is an exciting opportunity to improve girls’ interest and engagement in STEM-related fields.

We are looking for volunteers to help assist at our STEM Girls Summer Camp.

Volunteers will need to attend a training session. Due to the nature of this volunteer activity, a criminal background check may be performed.