The Jarvo lab partners with groups on campus in a range of outreach and teaching activities, including career-development workshops for graduate students and postdocs, as well as outreach to middle school students.

Career development workshops

November 2013:  Iota Sigma Pi hosted the ACS-COACh workshop on “Effective Negotiation” with sessions for graduate students, postdocs, and faculty.  For more information about the workshops, see:  http://pages.uoregon.edu/coach/index.html

September 2013:  We partnered with UCI Advance and Professor Siwy (UCI Physics) to host an interactive seminar, “How to Feel as Bright and Capable as Everyone Thinks You Are” in collaboration with the UCI NSF-ADVANCE program. This workshop educates women and minorities to recognize and tackle common issues of self-doubt (“The Impostor Syndrome”) and was attended by over 180 graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty.  For more information on the Impostor Syndrome, see: https://counseling.caltech.edu/general/InfoandResources/Impostor

March 2011:  The UCI Chapter of Iota Sigma Pi, the honors society for women in chemistry, hosted an ACS-COACh Program workshop on our campus, “Workshop for Science and Engineering Women in Effective Negotiation, Communication and Leadership.”  A total of 54 graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and undergraduate students from Departments of Chemistry, Physics, Math and the Schools of Engineering, Biological Sciences and Information and Computer Sciences participated in this highly successful workshop.  For more information about the workshops, see:  http://pages.uoregon.edu/coach/index.html

UCI’s Southern California Undergraduate Research Symposium

Professor Jarvo co-organizes an annual research symposium for SoCal undergrads that includes workshops and a poster session.  For more information, see the website: http://sites.uci.edu/ugradchem/

LEAPS Outreach Program at UCI

We are excited to be a founding group of the LEAPS outreach program (Laboratory Experiments and Activities in the Physical Sciences) at UC Irvine.  The LEAPS program is designed to engage students from nearby middle schools with a “Day at College” experience that includes hands-on experiments in a research lab.  The Science Standards for California Public Schools require that students in grade eight understand several general chemistry principles, including that biological systems are made up of organic molecules. To reinforce and demonstrate real-world applications of these concepts, students perform a series of experiments in our lab that highlight important chemicals in biological systems, with a focus on chemicals that are found in common foods.   Visits were supported by the NSF under our NSF-CAREER award and continue under our NSF award.

Experiments we love:


  • The spectacular flame rainbow.  Thank you, Hanna!

Flame 2