2021 Youth STEM Matters Volunteering Program

Deadline: January 20, 2021.

Do you want to gain new skills, meet new people and use your free time to do something that will make the world a better place?

By joining the Youth STEM Matters team, you can do just that!

AVAILABLE ROLES

LEAD ARTIST: The Lead Artist will have direct responsibility for the success of the team of Artists at Youth STEM Matters. Artists create original artwork to accompany the articles that we publish, and have a key role in the communication of STEM and the UN Sustainable Development Goals – the Lead Artist will coordinate the Artists and work with other parts of the Volunteer Team to do this.

If you have some background in both STEM and art, and want to use your creativity to change the world, this could be the perfect role for you!

NB: Shortlisted applicants for this role will be asked to submit a portfolio of 3-8 pieces of artwork – we won’t need original copies, photos or scans are fine.

COPY EDITOR: Copy-Editors assess the clarity, conciseness, and citation compliance of papers, to evaluate the overall quality of communication in articles. They have an important role to play in making sure that articles that get published are free from spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors, and are accessible to our audience.

This could be the perfect role for you if you’ve got a good attention to detail, enjoy learning about new topics and want to help other young people to communicate their scientific findings!

MANAGING EDITOR(PHYSICAL SCIENCES): The Managing Editor (Physical Sciences) is an Executive role within Youth STEM Matters, and has direct responsibility for the success of the Physical Sciences department (physics, maths, engineering, technology, design, earth science, etc.) of the Research Team.  

The Managing Editor plays a key role in team development, through mentoring and giving feedback to Reviewers and Editors.  They will also be involved in developing resources that can be used by other members of the Youth STEM Matters Volunteer Team, and also by authors. 

EDITOR(LIFE SCIENCES & PHYSICAL SCIENCES): Editors are responsible for coordinating the peer-review and leading small groups of reviewers. They make final decisions on papers that are submitted to Youth STEM Matters, based on the comments given by reviewers.  Therefore, synthesising potentially conflicting information to reach a rational judgement is a key part of this role. 

If you want to challenge yourself to take what you’ve learned in school, college or university and apply it to real world problems, as well improve your critical thinking and discover new areas of science through a leadership role, this could be the perfect role for you!

REVIEWER: Reviewers are responsible for critically evaluating and reviewing articles submitted. Reviewers are expected to research topics that may be unfamiliar to them, and comment on the quality, validity and structure of a paper, providing guidance to the author as to how to improve.

If you want to challenge yourself to take what you’ve learned in school, college or university and apply it to real world problems, as well improve your critical thinking and discover new areas of science, this could be the perfect role for you!

APPLICATION

In the application, you will be asked to provide some information about:

  • Yourself
  • The role you are interested in
  • Your education/training
  • The details of at least one person (up to 2 people) who can provide a reference.

You will also be asked to answer 3 questions, as follows:

  • About You: Tell us about your skills, knowledge and experience. We don’t just want to know what you’ve done. We want to know how you did it and how that shows to us that you can do this role. Answers should be a maximum of 2500 characters.
  • Why Us?: Tell us what has motivated you to apply for this role at Youth STEM Matters. Answers should be a maximum of 1500 characters.
  • Why You?: This is your chance to tell us what you can bring to the role – tell us about you as a person and how that will make you suited to the role you have applied for. Answers should be a maximum of 1500 characters.
    NB: There are no minimum requirements for response lengths for these questions, but a well thought through application will likely score higher.

OFFICIAL LINK: https://www.youthstem2030.org/ysm-join

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