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GRASSHOPR Program Anticipates Record Year for Participation

(ITHACA, NY, September 17, 2014. The Graduate Student School Outreach Program (GRASSHOPR), a student program of the Public Service Center that pairs Cornell graduate students with teachers in the area to teach mini-courses, anticipates a record year given the high level of interest from graduate students. Teachers involved with the 2013-14 courses expressed enthusiasm and interest in continuing the program according to feedback reporting their students were interested and engaged in the GRASSHOPR courses and most were considering participating again this year.

“Having a GRASSHOPR visitor absolutely made my students’ experience of our curriculum much more real and engaging. I was very impressed at how much they still remembered from the presentations by the end of the year,” said one teacher.

GRASSHOPR courses include 3-5 unique mini-lessons on any topic from Green Glowing Bacteria to Asian Folk Culture. Teachers have requested courses that comply with common core requirements and courses geared specifically for the K-6 audience.

“”GRASSHOPR gives grad students a unique opportunity to share their enthusiasm with younger students, who gain exposure to subjects they didn’t know existed, and have fun while doing so,” said Holdsworth, one of 4 GRASSHOPR Graduate Student Coordinators and PhD Candidate in Plant Breeding and Genetics at Cornell University.

The program enables graduate students to make an immediate difference in the Ithaca community by sharing their knowledge and inspiring students. Participants use GRASSHOPR as an opportunity to do something meaningful outside of their lab or office while gaining valuable experience presenting to and communicating with others. The application deadline to teach a course is Tuesday, September 30, 2014. The teacher application period to request a course is October 6—30, 2014. Teachers interesting in hosting a GRASSHOPR mini-course will find more information on the website at:, or you can email

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.