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Science Communication Fellowship

As part of Pacific Science Center’s Portal to the Public initiative, the Science Communication Fellowship provides training and ongoing opportunities for local scientists, engineers, researchers and other science-based professionals to engage with the public at Pacific Science Center about their work.

Who can be a Science Communication Fellow?
Active academic or industry researchers or other science-based professionals (post-baccalaureate or above) in the Puget Sound region are eligible to apply for the program as individuals. Previous participants have come from the University of Washington, the Allen Institute, the Center for Infectious Disease Research, Microsoft, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Earth & Space Research, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the City of Seattle, among others. Alternatively, an organization may arrange for several of its staff members to participate as a group.

What do Science Communication Fellows do?
Fellows begin by taking a multi-week science communication course to build skills in effectively engaging public audiences in research-oriented conversations. The course helps to refine key messages related to each Fellow’s area of expertise and offers practice with simple techniques for talking science with non-scientists. During the course, 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.

After completing the course, Fellows participate in public engagement programs at Pacific Science Center. Meet a Scientist events are held most Saturdays at Pacific Science Center and highlight Science Communication Fellows and their activities. Other programming opportunities include Curiosity Days, Science in the City, Science and a Movie, and 21+ events. Fellows are also welcome to use activities developed during the course in classrooms, fairs, festivals, and other outreach venues beyond Pacific Science Center.

Why should I become a Science Communication Fellow?
Most Americans cannot name a living scientist.* By facilitating science-oriented interactions with the public, Science Communication Fellows put a face on science, and show young people that scientists can look like them. In addition, many previous participants have found it personally rewarding – and even fun! – to share their excitement about science with diverse audiences.

Furthermore, participation in public programming fulfills broader impacts components of many grants, and the skills gained in the training course can benefit communicative effectiveness in a variety of professional contexts. The Science Communication Fellowship offers ongoing access to a community of scientists and museum professionals who share ideas, strategies, and opportunities for public engagement with science.

*Source: A Research!America poll of U.S. adults conducted in partnership with Zogby Analytics, with support from the American Society of Hematology, in November 2013.

How do I become a Science Communication Fellow?

Admission to the Science Communication Fellowship program is by competitive application, with applications accepted several times per year. In general, applications are welcomed from any eligible science-based professional. Occasionally, acceptance is limited by research topic and/or institutional affiliation due to funding arrangements.

Tuition for the science communication course is $2,000 and is typically paid with funds from the participant’s employer, department, or lab. If you would like help with language for requesting funding from such sources, please contact Partial or full scholarships are sometimes available. Discounted rates are available for groups wishing to sponsor four or more participants in a single cohort.

Are there other ways to experience this training?
Yes, we offer custom workshops for groups interested in developing their science communication skills without the full Science Communication Fellowship commitment.

Click here to view an informational flyer about the Science Communication Fellowship. For further questions or to be added to the list of interested scientists, please contact


“I think that nearly every aspect of the course is applicable, helpful, and relevant to other areas of my life. As a scientist, member of the public, student, and teacher, communication skills and awareness are essential to my role.”

“I joined [the Science Communication Fellowship] almost 10 years ago, under a sense of duty to ensure my field was represented at the event the training was connected to. Little did I know just how much fulfillment and enjoyment I would obtain from being a Fellow. It will make you more excited about your work. The enthusiasm is infectious. Being part of the Science Fellows has lead to multiple opportunities that I could have never predicted and put my career on a much more fruitful path.”

Currently Active Science Communication Fellows

Volunteering since…

Peter Murphy

Erika Harnett

John Jansen

Ivonne Oritz
Troy Buckley

Angela Katsuyama
Eric Kunze
Jill Johnsen
Regina Carns
Siva Kasinathan
Susan Fung

Donna Shows

Alexandra Kazaks
Amanda Woodward Davis
Jenna Sullivan
Laura Taylor
Matt Tilley
Pete Amos

Andrea Lim
Atom Lesiak
Brittany Whitley
Cecilia Noecker
Debby Higginbotham
Gus Gustafson
Heather Herd Gustafson
Jason Webster
Jennifer Fox
Jennifer Whitesell
Justine Levan
Kaitlyn Casimo
Kristin Anderson
Laura Gaydos
Mary Young
Stephanie Bucks
Vega Shah
Zina Rutnam

Amy Brodbeck
Brett Morris
Christopher Monson
Emily Hemann
Jamie Goodson
Katie Fellows
Katrin Hollinger
Laura Green
Michelle Tigchelaar
Nile Wilson
Raabya Rossenkhan
Rachel Shaffer
Rebekah Petroff
Terry Stevens-Ayers

Adrian Down
Alex Lincoln
Beth Mundy
Blair Debuysscher
Chase Dowling
Christina Jones
Christina Lopez
Cimarron Wortham
Delwin Elder
Elisa Bonnin
Elizabeth Kwan
Erik Goosmann
Eva Ma
Gabe Murphy
Gaby Tosado
Jess Fagerstrom
Jodi Downs
Jonathan Cheng
Josh Krissansen-Totton
Karla-Luise Herpoldt
Kristin Hultgren
Lauren Kang
Lindsey Kishline
Maria Viitaniemi
Marshall Styczinski
Martin Mathay
Michelle Chow
Nancy Hom
Nick Montoni
Nika Hajari
Nivii Kalavakonda
Parisa Hosseinzadeh
Payel Chatterjee
Rae Eaton
Ray Sanchez
Ron Hause
Ruth Thomas
Sarah Morgan
Sarah Myhre
Suzanne McDermott
Una Natterman
Will Driscoll
Zin Khaing

Abbie Ganas
Aruna Kamineni
Ashlee Abrantes
Beth Kenkel
Brenda Kessenich
Catherine Sanders
Christine Kang
Courtnie Jean Paschall
Daniel Citron
David Ung
Diana Gergel
Earle Wilson
Elizabeth Crummy
Emma Kahle
Ethan Campbell
Gabriella Reggiano
Gideon Dunster
Greg Kierstead
Hannah Dawson
Hannah Horowitz
Jacob O’Connor
Jared Canright
Kali Esancy
Katie Doroschak
Kristine Deibler
Liz Dawson
Maike Blakely
Melissa MacEwen
Natalie Jones
Nihit Pokhrel
Rachel Kinzelman
Robert Levine
Sundipta Rao
Taylor Stepien
Zachary Cohen

Adam Isabella
Alexandria Brannick
Alisha Mendonsa
Brooke Prieskorn
Cecilia Johnson
Claire McKinley
Emily Norton
Gabriel Pratt
Jana Meixnerova
Johanna Goldman
Josephine Rapp
Julieta Martinelli
Katie Jewett
Madison Smith
Mattias Cape
Mira Sytsma
Samantha Phan
Tanya Brown
Taryn Black
Whitney Teagle
Zac Cooper

Science Communication Fellowship Alumni

Katie Adamson
Ethan Ahler
Matthew Alkire
Ethan Allen
Salwa Al-Noori
Elena Amador
Christina Arens
Orr Ashenberg
Lara Backman
Katie Baker
Pamela Baker
Leah Bakst
Josh Bandfield
Shoshanna Barnett
Karlyn Beer
Kristin Beima-Sofie
Anna Boardman
Jeff Bowman
Angie Boysen
Jacquelyn Braggin
Greg Brennan
Matt Brodsky
Aaron Brooks
Agata Budzillo
Karin Bumbaco
Esra Camci
Karen Cameron
Michael Canino
Leslie Carranza
Michele Cash
Anna Cavender
Greg Cherryholmes
Corey Clemons
Brian Connelly
Jason Conner
Laura Cooney
Hannah Cox
Stuart Davidson
Liting Deng
Brad Dickerson
Kyla Drushka
Colleen Durkin
Samuel Entwisle
Marcela Ewert
Tyanne Faulkes
Wambura Fobbs
Alison Fohner
Heather Fowler
Gina Fridley
Allison Fundis
Jabier Gallego
Sheila Ganti

Molly Gasperini
Philia Gau
Terri Gilbert
Rachel Gittelman
Naomi Goldenson
Adam Gordon
Betsy Gray
Sharon Greenblum
Anna Greenwood
Eliezer Gurarie
Kristen Haberthur
Meghan Halabisky
Ruth Hall Sedlak
Drew Hamilton
David Hamm
Mark Hanke
Michael Hay
Ian Haydon
Michelle Hays
D. Michael Heinekey
Jennifer Hempelmann
Daniel Ramirez Hernandez
Paul Hezel
Eric Hilton
Kimberly Hofmeyer
Francesca Holme
Carly Holstein
Rachel Horak
Kathleen Huybers
Aiva Ievins
Stefanie Iverson Cabral
Kyle Jacoby
Cyan James
ChuanLi Jiang
Celeste Johanson
Carrie Johnson
Jillian Johnson
Karen Junge
Bob Kao
Craig Kastelle
Ariah Kidder
Michael Kimbro
Peter Kirchgessner
Dan Kluskiewicz
Kristina Knesting
Seth Koenig
Kristian Kofoed

Emily Krogstad
Nadia Kulshina
Lisa Ann Lai
Kristin Laidre
Piero Lamelza
Kevin Larson
Rob Lawrence
Allison Lee
Jin Lee
Mitchell Lee
Amanda Leonti
Mira Leslie
Vivian Leung
Becky Lewis
Bonnie Light
Soyeon Lippman
Camille Lique
Jenny Lohmiller
Danielle Lozier
Bradley MacLeod
Ross Maddox
Sukh Makhnoon
Sarah Malmquist
Torge Martin
Laura Martinez
Julie Mason
Andrew Mathewson
Guillaume Mauger
Denise McKelvey
James Meabon
Indira Medina
Traci Mikasa
Alexander Miller
Jerry Milstein
Rachel Mitchell
Kristen Mittelsteadt
Twila Moon
Valerie Morris
Alexandre Neves
Shannon Newman
Thanh Nguyen
Tyler Nicholas
Molly Ohainle
Anja Ollodart
Homira Osman
Sergey Ovchinnikov
Christina Owen
Biswajit Paul
Thomas Paulson
Braulio Peguero
Cecilia Peralta Ferriz
Eve Perara
Sarah Pickett
Chris Plaisier
Simina Popa
Dina Popovkina
Giora Proskurowski
Sara Reardon
Ignatius Rigor
Frances Rivera-Hernandez

David Roach
Marilyn Roberts
Tyler Robinson
Elizabeth Rosino
Josh Russell
Brandon Sack
Luis Saraiva
Lauren Saunders
Laura Schlenke
Cody Schlenker
Axel Schweiger
Elizabeth Seilie
Alyssa Sheih
Avery Shinneman
Steven Sholes
Max Showalter
Zac Simon
Anna Simpson
Sonia Singhal
Larissa Singletary
Tracey Smart
Benjamin Smith
Megan Smith
Corey Snelson
Eugenie Song
Rachel Spietz
Megan Stachura
Bethany Stackhouse
Tammy Stawicki
Christopher Stevens
Thomas Stoklasek
Amy Stone
Lauren Summers
Vasudha Sundaravaradan
Earl Sylvain
Rory Telemeco
Yeung Tutterrow
Leah VandenBosch
Jake VanderPlas
Carmella Vizza
Lisa Voelker
Jens von der Linden
Cristina Walcher-Chevillet
Sarah Waldherr
Dilys Walker
Elly Walsh
Brian M.  Wasko
Nic Wayand
Chris Weber
Nicholas Weber
Melinda Webster
Brittany Weldon
Mark Wensnahan
Jennifer Whiddon
Carl Wigren
Katherine Williams
Emily Wing
James Wu
Elisabeth Wurtmann
Xiaolan Xu
Yunqi Yan
Naomi Yode
Joseph Zhou