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People in the Texas astronomy program broadly engage in public outreach. In particular, the McDonald Observatory's Education and Outreach Office is one of the country's leaders in astronomy outreach and education. The office manages programs ranging from professional development for teachers, to star parties and facility tours for the 60,000 annual visitors to the observatory in West Texas, to creation and distribution of educational radio programs heard by millions of people each week, and web sites accessed by nearly a million unique visitors each month. StarDate radio, the oldest and most popular radio program of its kind in the country, brings information about the cosmos to an estimated 5 million listeners throughout North America and Europe each week. These diverse programs within the observatory, together with community events supported by astronomy on and off campus, offer students, scientists and faculty a wide variety of opportunities in outreach and education.

Below is a list of volunteer opportunities. To correct or add information here please contact lara@astro.as.utexas.edu.

Name Date Contact Description Website
Austin Astronomical Society Monthly Lara Eakins or AAS Give a talk about your research https://www.austinastro.org/
         
Astronomy Students Association Weekly during the school year Kalyn Williams Be their grad student liason, give a talk at a meeting, or lead a star party https://utexasastronomy.wixsite.com/mysite
         
Career Days Varies Lara Eakins Talk at a school about your career, or let a student shadow you  
         
EXES Teacher Associate Program 6 Saturdays throughout the school year Keely Finkelstein Give a talk/lead an activity with middle & high school teachers https://astronomy.utexas.edu/outreach/exes
         
Expanding Your Horizons March   Science conference for girls - plan your own workshop or volunteer with the physics department https://austin-tx.aauw.net/special-projects/girls-in-stem/
         
Explore UT March Lara Eakins UT open house - host a table for the astro department https://exploreut.utexas.edu/
         
Family Weekend Oct/Nov Kalyn Williams UT event - host a table for the astro department https://parents.utexas.edu/familyweekend

https://texasparents.org/

         
Hot Science, Cool Talks Occasional Rebecca Johnson Set up/break down and host booth at astronomy talks https://www.esi.utexas.edu/outreach/hot-science-cool-talks/about/
         
McDonald Observatory Teacher Workshops Summer Keely Finkelstein Assist with teacher workshops at McDonald https://mcdonaldobservatory.org/
teachers/profdev/
         
Mentoring, Astro Dept Continuous Kalyn Williams Mentor an undergrad astronomy major https://astronomy.utexas.edu/academics/graduate-program/informal-mentoring
         
Mentoring, CNS Continuous   College of Natural Sciences mentoring of undergrads https://cns.utexas.edu/graduate-education/outreach-opportunities
         
School Talks/Science Days Varies Lara Eakins Talk at a school about astronomy  
         
Science Fair Judges Varies Lara Eakins Judge school science fair projects  
         
Science Olympiad February Mary Miller, UTeach Create and grade astronomy quiz for high school students  
         
Star Parties Off-Campus Varies Lara Eakins Lead star parties with portable telescopes  
         
StarDate Continuous Rebecca Johnson McDonald Observatory's radio program and magazine. Do technical editing, science writing http://stardate.org
         
Texas State History Museum Occasional Rebecca Johnson Set up/break down and host a booth at astronomy space talks  
         
UTeach-AISD Earth Science Institute July Mary Miller (UTeach) Lead 2-day workshop on astronomy for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade  
         
Wildflower Center Astronomy Nature Night 2x/year Rebecca Johnson Set up/break down and host a booth during star party https://www.wildflower.org/