The Graduate Program in

Student Outreach

Science Cafés & Insects in the Hallway

OEB graduate students are committed to science outreach and to making science more accessible to non-scientists. These activities remind us why we chose science as a career, and also enrich our community. During the academic year, OEB students offer a monthly Science Café series. Current and previous Science Cafés are listed below.

The Fernald Entomology Club brings Insects in the Hallway to local schools. The goal of Insects in the Hallway is to get students excited about insects. The program features live insects, highlights from the insect natural history collection, a slideshow presentation and interactions with graduate students working in insect science. Contact Matt Boyer, the Outreach Coordinator to find out more: Matt Boyer or 413-577-1824.

Science Café

Q: What's a Science Café?
A: The Science Café series is designed to facilitate an engaging science discussion outside university walls in an informative but relaxed atmosphere. Each event is focused on a single topic, with a guest speaker, quiz bowl, and questions and answer. All events are free and open (targeted to!) the public. For more information, please see

The Science Café series, organized by graduate students in the Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (OEB) program at UMass, is supported by the Society for the Study of Evolution, the Massachusetts Academy of Sciences, OEB, and the UMass Natural History Collections. We strive to bring engaging conversations about science to broad audiences by hosting Science Cafés throughout the year.

FALL 2014 Science Café Schedule

Monday, September 8
In search of the genes that make us human, with Dr. Courtney Babbitt
Adults drinking milk, complex thought, paying taxes, and other uniquely human activities.

Monday, October 6
Builders, farmers, and relationship cultivators: how ants are more like us than you think, with Scott Schneider
They were farming long before we even began drawing in caves.

Monday, November 3
A bat’s guide to strange sex, with Dr. Teri Orr
Sperm storage, penis spines, and other oddities of mammalian reproduction.

Monday, December 8
Bird brain: the science of learning songs, with Dr. Luke Remage-Healey
Neural circuits on steroids!

Science Cafés, organized by OEB grad students, are held at Esselon Café on Route 9 in Hadley on Monday nights. All events start at 6:00pm. For more info, check the Science Café website or click on the mug below.