Synapse and the Yale Science Magazine are excited to announce that Science on Saturdays is back, and we’re looking for volunteers! Our first post-pandemic outreach event is scheduled for Saturday, April 8, from 9 am to 1 pm. The featured speaker will be Dr. Albert Ko, an infectious disease specialist and epidemiologist from the Yale School of Public Health, who will talk about “How We Use Science to Protect People from Epidemics.”

This award-winning lecture series is aimed at middle school students and their families, bringing the excitement of research and the passion of Yale scientists to the New Haven community. Each event involves a lecture by a Yale professor and hands-on science demonstrations.

We are expecting as many as 500+ students, children, and family members to attend. Volunteers will be helping to run demos, assist the keynote speaker, direct families, and ensure that Science on Saturdays runs as smoothly as possible.

This is a great (and fun!) way to get more involved with the greater New Haven Science Community. There will be food and t-shirts provided! If interested, Please fill out this form by April 5th 11:59 pm! If you have any questions don’t hesitate to reach out to

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:

Science on Saturdays
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Open to the general public, Science on Saturdays combines a display of science demonstrations and hands-on science activities with a lecture by a Yale professor. Science on Saturdays provides an opportunity for Yale scientists and residents of New Haven and beyond to come together to explore science through community and scientific demos led by undergrads. Past topics include “How We Use Science to Protect People from Epidemics" and “Exploring the Arctic Ocean to Understand Climate Change.”

Synapse National Essay Contest
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The Synapse National Essay Contest prompts students from elementary school to high school to ponder questions that go beyond the scope of science taught at school. Students will be asked to provide their thoughts on a specific topic of their choosing and to consider the topic in the scope of the limits, ethics, and possibilities of science. Winners will receive a cash prize and their essay will be published in the Yale Science Magazine.

Student Leaders:

Brandon Quach - Co-Coordinator/Co-President Hannah Barsouk - Co-Coordinator/Co-President

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