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Our Mission:

Synapse is the outreach branch of Yale Scientific Magazine, and we work on a variety of projects and events that connect local students from around New Haven, as well as other members of the New Haven community, to the STEM resources at Yale. We organize lectures and demonstrations that spark young students’ interests in STEM, and we work strongly in conjunction with Yale Pathways to Science, a non-profit partnered with Yale University and the Office of New Haven and State Affairs that also works on extending teaching and mentoring resources from Yale to the New Haven community.



Our Activities:

Resonance Conference Direct Service Three day conference involving usually demonstrations, presentations, panels. Last year the conference was completed entirely on a virtual platform. This is the main function of Synapse especially since our volunteering activities have shifted online. Resonance Conference Direct Service Resonance Conference is our biggest outreach event of the semester that serves as an opportunity for interested high school students in the local area to learn more about the sciences and meet other like-minded students. There will be guest lectures and interactive portions of the conference for students. Yale Synapse Annual Essay Contest Direct Service Yale Synapse holds an annual essay contest to promote student engagement and creativity by responding to scientific prompts. Different age divisions and essay prompts range from elementary to high school. SciTalks Direct Service SciTalks is an interactive event where high school students in the local area will have the opportunity to learn more about different forms of scientific literature and topics in scientific research. Students will break up into groups and work together to discuss and come up with responses to several prompts. Super Science Sundays Direct Service This program (Super Science Sundays) is a 3-part series consisting of 1-hour virtual events to engage middle and high school students interested in STEM. All events will occur live on Zoom, and they consist of a guest professor/researcher lecture, a Yale student panel discussion, and laboratory demonstrations. Science on Saturday Direct Service Normally, Synapse would hold monthly/triweekly conferences in Sterling Chemistry Laboratory (SCL) for local New Haven students. With the pandemic, this activity has largely been shifted to online and combined with the Resonance program. Pandemic permitting, we potentially would hold a (outdoor) conference this year.



Student Leaders:

Lucy Zha - Co-Coordinator/Co-President Krishna Dasari - Co-Coordinator/Co-President

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