Gelfand STEM Army

The Gelfand STEM Army is a group of CWRU undergraduate and graduate student volunteers prepared to participate in short term science, engineering, and/or math related events such as school STEM days, science and engineering demonstrations, science and engineering fair judging, campus visits, and other pre-college STEM programs on campus and in the community. Both individual students and student organizations are welcome to join the STEM Army. Any student organization interested in receiving announcements about volunteer opportunities through the Gelfand STEM Army program is asked to identify a designated contact person who then forwards the information to the other members of their organization.

How does the program work? Whenever the Gelfand STEM Center receives a request for student volunteers, we distribute an announcement through our email network. If sufficient numbers of individual students or student groups demonstrate interest, the Gelfand STEM Center  confirms university participation and recruits a point of contact from among the volunteers to coordinate directly with the requesting organization. In addition, we are able to provide some transportation to off campus events for those who need it.

To join the army as an individual or group, contact us at or call (216) 368-5289. 


Gelfand Fellows

A major component of the Gelfand Science, Engineering, and Maker Fair program is the Gelfand Fellows program. Gelfand Science and Engineering Fellows are available to mentor K-12 students as they plan, prepare, implement, and present their independent research projects. Gelfand Fellows are CWRU undergraduate and graduate students trained to work with K-12 students in project development, experimental design, data analysis, and data presentation. All Gelfand Fellows have passed both BCI and FBI background checks and have successfully completed a 9-hour training program that provides tools and strategies for working with students at every stage of the project process.

Any building designated as a “high needs school” in Cuyahoga County may request the services of Gelfand Fellows. Recruitment for this paid position is in the fall semester each year with the bulk of the work taking place between November and February.

Contact Jim Bader for more information (; (216) 368-5289)