Organizational Model

The organizational model for SEOP is what makes it sustainable, efficient and meaningful. Below are key elements:

  • There is a faculty director, Dr. Paula Kavathas, who is the overall coordinator. Dr. Kavathas recruits two teaching assistants per semester who help run the program.
  • The TAs are graduate students who fulfill one semester of their teaching requirement by participating in the program. (the complete description of TA training/responsibilities are listed under TA).
  • There are a total of 3 volunteers/class so that we can break the children up into small groups. This creates a more interactive environment for the volunteers and the 7 th graders.
  • All materials are brought to the schools and the 3 projects are linked.
  • The teachers prepare and reinforce the concepts so we coordinate with the teachers to come in fall or spring depending on their curriculum plan.
  • Lessons are organized as follows: after an initial discussion with the whole class for 10-15 minutes, the children go to a workstation. The activities at each workstation engage the students by activities and visuals such as fruit flies, worms, karyotypes, DNA bracelets, electrophoresis gels, DNA models, etc,