Masters, Ph.D., postdoc, young investigator (as research scientist in academia or industry), young professor, scientists associated to science-related companies (note: companies that do data science, statistics, social network analysis, etc, on social topics are of interest as well).
They are motivated, can commit to the project, are excited to share their knowledge with high-school and college students, are flexible to explore and implement new techniques, adapt to new circumstances and make connections with their students.
Age is not a limiting factor, age range has been 24-35 yr. old.
Historically, we have selected Ph.D. students after their 2nd-year post qualifying exams and have already taught (or TAed) a class.
Mexican instructors: Since we don't know how much budget we will have for travel expenses of Mexican instructors within Mexico we would prefer to select instructors based in the target cities. This, however, is NOT a limitation and we want the best candidates. In case you’re selected and you have to travel to another city within Mexico, we’ll cover your travel expenses.
Teaching experience is highly desirable.
Good communicators, this is usually reflected in their application.
We are looking for an equal number of men and women instructors. We need to support the next generation of women mentors!
Quality: the proposal must be easy to understand to a non-specialist, demonstrate passion and motivation to engage with the topic in question.
Topic: Clubes de Ciencia is not limited to ‘hard sciences’ but seeks to incorporate topics driven by scientific-based methodology and at the intersection of science and other disciplines (social, humanities, arts, etc.).
Feasibility and flexibility: The proposal should ideally not require advanced or overly specialized equipment (cryoEM, TIRF microscope, PacBio Sequencing, etc). Ideally, we are also looking for proposals that are feasible to be completed in a week, with the ~300 USD budget for materials.
Interesting, cutting-edge topics, applied topics that are of scientific or national relevance (e.g., CRISPR, water purification, etc). Topics and experiments that are not taken directly from a textbook.