Columbia College Chicago’s student, Elizabeth Moss receives the”Mayor’s Award For Civic Engagement”

Senior student Elizabeth Moss, has been awarded the “Mayor’s Award for Civic Engagement” at Columbia College Chicago. The newly established award honors a senior student who has embodied Columbia College’s mission to serve an important civic purpose through active engagement in the life, and culture of the City of Chicago.

The award, which includes a $500 cash gift, was created by a donation from Columbia College Board of Trustees Chair Allen M. Turner. “We are fortunate to have an incredibly active and engaged student body, and this award is one way we can honor outstanding students who bring our mission to life and encourage other students to do the same,” said Turner.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Louise Love, presented the award to Elizabeth on April 24, 2013 at City Hall.

Elizabeth, an illustration major, has been an active member in the Chicago community as an Instructor, for several STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) related after school programs such as the Scientists for Tomorrow. She has been an outstanding instructor, teaching at two community centers for the past year.

2013 Mayor's Award

Elizabeth Moss with Rahm Emanuel

Elizabeth Moss is awarded the 2013Mayor's Award








“Science Family Day” at the Museum of Science and Industry

On Saturday, December 1st, 2012, over 340 community members attended the Museum of Science and Industry. Event participants included teens from partnering Chicago community organization sites and their parents, associated program instructors, MAT students and community leaders. During Fall of 2012, participants associated with the Scientists for Tomorrow program completed the 10-week, Module 1 -Alternative Energy Technologies: Building a Solar-Powered cart. The MSI event was designed to expand on this foundation and encourage youth to share their knowledge with their communities within a dynamic museum environment. The event was orchestrated in collaboration with the MSI’s Dr. Rabiah Mayas, Director of Science and Integrated Strategies.

During the event the participants focused on exploring exhibits and implementing hands-on activities. For the exploration of the museum’s exhibits, the MSI staff designed an “Energy Activity Booklet” that allowed the youth and their parents the systematic exploration of selected exhibits. Also the participants had the opportunity to build a solar powered lamp, in a Make and Take session, and meet STEM professionals in Junior Science Cafes.

MSI event December 1 final report v1-2pdf.

Over 400 Children and Parents participated in the “Science Family Day” at the Field Museum

On Saturday, February 23rd, 2013, over 400 members of the community attended the second of three events associated with the Science Institute in the Department of Science and Mathematics’ National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded Scientists for Tomorrow program. The event was hosted by the Field Museum and was designed to support the content that youth are currently learning within their Scientists for Tomorrow after-school activities. Participants included teens and parents from 16 partnering Chicago community organization sites and 8 self-sustained community centers associated with the project, program instructors, and community leaders.

Field museum event February 23 summary