Queen's University

RISE (Research and Information Science Education)

RISE (Research and Information Science Education) is a research skills outreach program targeted towards middle school students. RISE teaches students best research practices that they can apply to their research projects in school and their future careers in science and non-science fields. Through classroom visits, public workshops, and social media, RISE ultimately aims to help students develop their critical thinking skills and become better consumers of information. Our main platform is based on four classroom visits per school led by one or two RISE volunteers. During these sessions, we educate students on topics such as the scientific method, navigating sources of information, referencing sources, experimental design, paraphrasing, and summarizing. Our volunteers are involved in leading sessions, developing content and lesson materials, recruiting local schools and coordinating visits, and managing our social media platforms.