Science Communication Fellowship

Are you a researcher, engineer or medical professional in the greater Seattle area looking to do more outreach and communication?

The Science Communication Fellowship program is extending the application period for researchers or professionals working with allergies, nutritional sciences or the immune system.

Accepted applicants will receive professional development in effective public communication, will develop an interactive activity about their research, and will volunteer at outreach events at Pacific Science Center. Learn more about the program and workshops herepdf.

To apply, download the applicationdoc.

UPDATE, August 29: Application deadline has been extended to October 1, 2014. Please see application for revised workshop schedule.

Not in one of these fields, but still interested in the Science Communication Fellowship? Email awedman@pacsci.org to have your name added to the interest list for upcoming cohorts.

Science Communication Fellows are scientists, researchers and other science-based professionals who have been certified by Pacific Science Center as current science ambassadors and excellent communicators. Fellows join Pacific Science Center in inspiring lifelong interest in science, math and technology.

"I feel like I finally learned how to make my science topic approachable to the average person." - Scientist after Science Communication Short Course

Becoming a Fellow

  • Scientists participate in Pacific Science Center's Science Communication Short Course, a series of four professional development workshops focused on building the skills to effectively engage public audiences. Scientists refine key messages related to their areas of expertise and practice simple techniques for talking science with non-scientists.
  • Each Fellow develops a hands-on educational activity directly related to their area of work. Ample concept development and materials selection support is provided by Pacific Science Center staff. Activities can be used for Pacific Science Center programs as well as classroom visits, fairs and festivals and other outreach venues.
  • Fellows participate in a minimum of three Pacific Science Center public programs per year. Opportunities include Saturday Scientist Spotlight events, special event Research Weekends, summer camp guest presenter, Science Café speaker, etc.
"It was awesome to talk with someone who is so knowledgeable and can talk at my level...every question I asked she had an answer!" - Pacific Science Center visitor after meeting a Science Communication Fellow

Fellow Benefits

  • Official Pacific Science Center Fellowship certificate, for reference in a C.V., commending commitment to science communication and public engagement.
  • Consultation and assistance in designing and writing broader impact plans to fulfill grant and other outreach requirements.
  • Letters of acknowledgement and professional documentation, suitable for sharing with supervisors and for grant reporting.
  • Opportunities to network with local scientists committed to public engagement and education professionals.
  • In addition, Fellows are official Pacific Science Center volunteers and enjoy all official volunteer benefits, including monthly exhibit and IMAX passes to share with family and friends and invitations to special events and social receptions.

For More Information

Contact Keni Sturgeon, Director of Science and Education KSturgeon@pacsci.org or (206) 269-2143.