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Science & Engineering Communication Fellowships
At The Discovery Museums, we’re dedicated to bringing scientists, engineers, and other professionals together with members of the public for interactive science, technology, engineering, and math programs. Our Science & Engineering Communication Fellowship program trains local scientists and engineers to effectively communicate to the public about their work and research. Offered in partnership with the national organization Portal to the Public, the fellowship is an ideal way to share your field of interest with the community.
Become a Science & Engineering Communication Fellow
- Participate in two 5-hour professional development workshops to learn effective communication strategies for public outreach and to develop a fun, engaging activity that helps non-scientists understand your work.
- Consult with museum education professionals as you develop and test your activity and resources.
- Share your hands-on activity and interests with children and families at a "Meet the Scientists" event at the museum!
- Receive certification as a Science & Engineering Communication Fellow and letters of support for grants and professional outreach
- Receive a free museum membership and invitations to special events
- Join a national network of science and museum professionals committed to furthering the community’s understanding and appreciation of science, technology, engineering and math
"10% of practicing engineers are women and I want to motivate young women to get involved in Engineering."
"It's exciting to see kids enjoying math!"
"It was great to get to know other science professionals interested in sharing their work with non-experts."
"The program was terrific for me, because I am interested in community engagement in STEM."
"It reminds me why I entered the field of neuroscience in the first place."
Scientists and engineers from academia and the corporate world have introduced our visitors to their work in heavy metals, brain research, algorithms, beneficial bacteria, DNA extraction, forensics, the physics of spin, and more at our public Meet the Scientists events. Learn more about our previous Fellows and their work.
Upcoming Cohort Schedule
Due to the expansion and renovation of our Science Discovery Museum, we are able to hold only one cohort in 2017 and that is now completed. Our new building will open in December 2017, and we look forward to hosting our next group of Science & Engineering Communication Fellows in 2018.
If you would like to be notified regarding recruitment for the next cohort, please complete the application form linked below to be contacted and to have first consideration when workshop dates are chosen for 2018.
About the Program
Watch this short video to hear from previous Fellows about their experience with the program. Click here to view a PDF transcript of this video.