The Graduate Student School Outreach Program (GRASSHOPR) pairs Cornell graduate students with teachers in Tompkins County and Geneva to teach 3- to 5-session mini-courses on topics related to the graduate student's field or interests. Teachers and graduate students share the benefits of exchanging ideas as they develop a curriculum, while K-12 students experience new mentors in their classroom who are eager to share knowledge and excitement about their field of study.  

Graduate Students

The 2017-2018 Graduate Student Fellow application is open here!.

Deadline is now Monday Oct 2.


If you're a PreK-12 educator, get notified when 2017-2018 applications open here!

What do our participants say about GRASSHOPR? 

"GRASSHOPR offered the unique opportunity for me to share my scientific interests with students just beginning to understand the natural world. It was very rewarding to see the enthusiasm the students shared for the material I was presenting, asking truly fundamental questions." - Fellow

“Students were able to see this really cool young person who was a working scientist. This really broke down some mental barriers. It was great for them to hear about her work in the field.”  - Teacher response when asked "Best part of GRASSHOPR?"

“The graduate students brought insight and fresh learning into the classroom environment. They were a great role model for my female students about women in science.”  - Teacher response when asked "Best part of GRASSHOPR?"

“Previous to this, I was pretty confident that I wanted to teach at the University level. Now I think I would be just as happy teaching at the high school or middle school level." - Fellow

"I left the first GRASSHOPR course thinking ‘I want to teach 4th graders.’ The GRASSHOPR experience reinforced my goals to pursue multi-age education and outreach as at least a component of my future career.” - Fellow

“GRASSHOPR helped me realize that I enjoy teaching much more than research, and will be looking for these sorts of jobs post-grad.” - Fellow

"I enjoyed watching the light bulb shine for some of the students. I could literally see some having "Aha" moments" - Fellow

"The best part of my experience was when students came up after class to ask how I got to where I was. The nature of my course exposed students to careers in several different education levels and interests within the food/agriculture sector (academic, regulatory, agriculture, nutrition, food industry, transportation, health department, retail), so I think it gave some insight into or options for alternative careers paths (which was one of the course goals)." - Fellow


November 2016: Pictured below are our 2016-17 Graduate Fellows during the mandatory Info Meeting. It's awesome to see so many new and familiar faces this year! Remember to wear your GRASSHOPR shirt while teaching!

October 2016: Applications for preK - 12 teachers to host a GRASSHOPR fellow in your classroom are now CLOSED. Please visit our page for educators and feel free to reach out to us with any questions or concerns. 

September 2016: Applications for graduate students to become a 2016-17 GRASSHOPR Fellow are now CLOSED; thank you! Check out our new  Course Design Guide.

June 2016: Great job, everyone! All of the paperwork is done and the 2015-16 GRASSHOPR Fellowships have come to a close. Based on Fellow and Teacher survey results, we have compiled an end of the year report. Results to be posted in early fall 2016; in the meantime, please see previous results here: GRASSHOPR End of Year 2014-2015

December 2015: Pictured below are our Spring 2015-16 Graduate Fellows during the Training Workshop. Welcome aboard!

December 2014: Pictured below are our Spring 2014-15 Graduate Fellows during the Training Workshop