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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
- Complete 10 hours of professional development workshops at The Discovery Museums
- Work with science educators to develop an engaging activity that informs the public about your work
- Test your activity on museum staff
- Share your work with our visitors during a free public event, Meet the Scientists
- 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.
Schedule for 2017 Cohort
Please note there will only be one cohort in 2017. Please do not apply unless you are fairly certain you can meet the time commitment outlined below:
- February 13: Applications due
- February 15: Final decisions announced after rolling acceptance period
- Saturday, March 4 and Saturday, March 25, 10am to 3pm: participate in two professional development workshops with museum educators, where you will learn effective communication strategies for public outreach and how to develop a fun, engaging activity that helps non-scientists understand your work.
- March and April: develop, prototype, test, and refine a hands-on activity related to your work. Museum educators will be available to support testing and provide guidance and feedback throughout the process. Prototype testing can take place at the museum, and museum educators can visit your place of work as needed.
- Friday, May 5, 5:30pm to 8:30pm: Share your hands-on activity and your research with kids and families at our "Meet the Scientists" event during a Free Friday Family night at the museum!
- June: Receive your fellowship certificate and join our national network of Science Communication Fellows.
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.