Public Programs

Our public programs include science and math competitions for individuals/school teams, discussion groups, educational conferences for teachers and parents, and public lectures that feature some of the most distinguished scientists in the world. Most of these events occur on a regular schedule. 

Please check individual event websites for current program or speaker information.

Life Sciences

BIOTECH Project - Hosted by the MCB Department, this project offers teacher professional development workshops, classroom resources, and classroom visits.

Biotechnology Laboratory for Arizona Teachers (BLAST) - Hosted by Tucson High School, this biotech lab gives Arizona students an opportunity to gain hands-on experience. 

Galapagos Marine Ecology - An undergraduate course built around giving students the opportunity to travel to the Galapagos Islands and study its unique ecology. 

University of Arizona Herbarium - An accessible collection of over 400,000 plant specimens from Arizona and Mexico. 

Insect Discovery  - A program for elementary school students to enjoy hands-on activities with specimens and live insects

Marine Discovery  - Hosted at Flandrau Science Center, this program allows students to interact with a variety of ocean species including a living tide pool, a shark dissection, and other activities. 

Tucson Bird Count - In conjunction with Arizona Game and Fish and the Audubon Society, this program is a citizen-science project studying the bird species in Tucson.

Tucson Hummingbird Project - Similar to above, this project focuses on hummingbirds.

Earth Sciences

ATMO Seminar Series - A seminar series focused on atmospheric sciences, open to the public. 

Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research - Hosted tours at the laboratory's new facility.

Physics and Space Sciences

Astronomy Camps on Mt. Lemmon  - An immersion experience for students at the Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter.

HiRISE Operations Center- HiRISE is the most powerful camera ever sent to another planet and is run right here out of the University of Arizona - view images and learn more about Mars, the Red Planet.

Kitt Peak National Observatory Visitor Center  - Visit the telescopes on Kitt Peak and learn about astronomy. 

NASA Space Grant Speakers Program - A speakers program for high-, middle-, and elementary school students.

Physics Alumni Lecture Series (PALS)- Brings alumnae to provide personal networking and mentorship programs for UA students. 

Physics Department Tours - An invitation to visit the Department of Physics at the University of Arizona. 

Space Imagery Center  - Events connected with the center's imagery and requests for speakers. 

Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab Tours - This facility produces the largest and most complex telescope mirrors in the world. 

Steward Observatory Public Evenings  - A lecture series hosted at the observatory on science topics. 

Tucson Area Physics Teachers Organization (TAPT) - Includes an educational and shadowing program for high- and middle-school students. 

Mathematics and Computational Sciences

Center for Recruitment and Retention of Mathematics Teachers (CRR) - A program to improve teacher education in mathematics

Center for the Mathematics Education of Latinos/as (CEMELA) - Helps teachers improve education for Latinos in mathematics. (Note: program is no longer active, but the link contains many great resources.)

General Science

College of Science Public Lecture Series - A program devoted to public lectures on different science topics. 

Women in Science and Engineering - WISE aims to increase interest and diversity in STEM fields by offering a variety of community and campus outreach programs.