Service and Outreach

The Wilson Group is strongly dedicated to the mission of engaging students of all ages and backgrounds with scientific activities. Shown below are recent activities of the Wilson Group members.

April 28th, 2018: The Wilson Group puts on our second annual workshop for Expanding Your Horizons 2018 (EYH). EYH is a conference that brings in middle school girls interested in STEM for their future career, and allows them to choose workshops that interest them to engage and inspire them towards STEM fields. Led by Sierra and Charlene, the group did activities to show examples and explain concepts around radioactivity and nuclear chemistry to these participants in our workshop “Radioactive World”.


November 16, 2017: Joshua, William, and Sierra give a booth at the Auburn High School Central New York ACS Career fair. High schoolers of all grade levels came to talk about careers in science, and we were happy to offer encouragement and advice on how to get into Graduate School! The evening also included a demonstration on crystal structures, using some real samples and 3D models provided by the Cornell X-Ray Facility.


October 14, 2017: Charlene brings the Wilson lab’s Radioactivity Workshop to the Big Apple, doing presentations at Harlem Promise Academy and a teacher workshop at the Weil Medical Institute.


May 20, 2017: The Wilson group host’s Horseheads High School Science Club, a local group of science enthusiasts! The day included educational activities and a hands-on lab tour led by Justin.


April 15, 2017: The Wilson group comes together to hold a workshop for Cornell’s Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) Conference, a one day workshop for 7th-9th grade girls. The workshops are designed to stimulate interest in STEM fields, and the Wilson group was honored to put on a workshop showcasing the facts about radioactivity. Thanks to Charlene and Sierra for leading and designing the workshops!


December 2, 2016: The lab opened its doors for a day to two inquisitive middle school students on a field trip. Among their many activities was Hendryck putting them to work and giving them hands on experience in the nitrogen glove box!



March 23, 2016: Sierra brings electrostatics to Greene Elementary School for STEM night!

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January 12, 2016: Sierra carried out shocking displays of electrostatics at the Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC)!

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November 17- 20, 2015: Sarah explores the states of matter with Howard University Middle School students in Washington, DC. They discover that ice cream made with liquid nitrogen is a delicious state of matter…

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November 7,2015: Justin makes silly put in Science on Saturday in Lansing Public Library!

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November 5, 2015: Sierra demonstrates chemical reactivity at the Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC)!

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October 22, 2015: Justin separates colors with chromatography at the Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC)!

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