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Science Communication Fellowship

Pacific Science Center’s 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.

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

Join a community of local researchers dedicated to sharing ideas and strategies for public engagement. Accepted applicants receive professional development in effective public communication, develop an engaging activity about their research with training and support provided by Pacific Science Center, and volunteer in our outreach opportunities.

The application period for the Winter 2017 Cohort of the Science Communication Fellowship has now closed. Applications for new Fellows to the program are accepted 2-3 times per year, typically with fall, winter, and spring cohorts. Applications for the next cohort will be posted to this page. Contact the Portal to the Public team at padmin@pacsci.org for more information or to be added to our interested scientist list to receive notification of the next application period. Past application and flier for the program can be viewed for reference, but may change for future cohorts.

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Becoming a Fellow
Scientists participate in Pacific Science Center’s Science Communication Course during the term of cohort admission (please see the application for dates). This 6-8 week course focuses on building the skills to effectively engage public audiences in conversation and dialog. 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 Meet a Scientist, special event Research Weekends, summer camp guest presenter, Science in the City Lecture speaker, etc.

The Science Communication Fellowship is part of Pacific Science Center’s Portal to the Public program.

“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

“I feel like I finally learned how to make my science topic approachable to the average person.” Scientist after Science Communication Fellowship Training

For More Information
Contact the Portal to the Public team at PAdmin@pacsci.org.

Currently Active Science Communication Fellows

Volunteering since…

2007

Peter Murphy

2009

Erika Harnett
Guillaume Mauger
Karin Bumbaco

2010

John Jansen

2011

Carl Wigren
Ivonne Oritz
Rachel Spietz
Troy Buckley

2012

Angela Katsuyama
Brian M.  Wasko
Dina Popovkina
Eric Kunze
Jill Johnsen
Regina Carns
Siva Kasinathan
Susan Fung
Tammy Stawicki

2013
Brandon Sack
Donna Shows
Jennifer Whiddon
Orr Ashenberg
Piero Lamelza
Sonia Singhal

2014
Agata Budzillo
Alexandra Kazaks
Amanda Woodward Davis
Betsy Gray
Indira Medina
Jenna Sullivan
Laura Taylor
Matt Tilley
Michelle Hays
Pete Amos

2015
Andrea Lim
Andrew Mathewson
Anna Simpson
Atom Lesiak
Brian Connelly
Brittany Weldon
Brittany Whitley
Cecilia Noecker
Chris Plaisier
Danielle Lozier
Debbe Higginbotham
Heather Herd Gustafson
Jason Webster
Jennifer Fox
Jennifer Gustafson
Jennifer Whitesell
James Wu
Joseph Zhou
Justine Levan
Kaitlyn Casimo
Katie Baker
Kristin Anderson
Kyla Drushka
Larissa Singletary
Laura Gaydos
Lauren Saunders
Leah Bakst
Leah VandenBosch
Lisa Voelker
Marilyn Roberts
Mary Young
Matt Brodsky
Mitchell Lee
Molly Gasperini
Molly Ohainle
Samuel Entwisle
Sarah Pickett
Sarah Waldherr
Shannon Newman
Stephanie Bucks
Steven Sholes
Vega Shah
Zac Simon
Zina Rutnam

2016
Amanda Leonti
Amy Brodbeck
Braulio Peguero
Brett Morris
Christopher Monson
Daniel Ramirez Hernandez
Emily Hemann
Emily Wing
Heather Fowler
Jamie Goodson
Jenny Lohmiller
Josh Russell
Katie Fellows
Katrin Hollinger
Kristen Mittelsteadt
Laura Green
Liting Deng
Max Showalter
Michelle Tigchelaar
Nile Wilson
Raabya Rossenkhan
Rachel Shaffer
Rebekah Petroff
Terry Stevens-Ayers
Thanh Nguyen
Tyler Nicholas

Science Communication Fellowship Alumni

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

Philia Gau
Terri Gilbert
Rachel Gittelman
Adam Gordon
Sharon Greenblum
Anna Greenwood
Eliezer Gurarie
Kristen Haberthur
Meghan Halabisky
Ruth Hall Sedlak
Drew Hamilton
David Hamm
Mark Hanke
Michael Hay
D. Michael Heinekey
Jennifer Hempelmann
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
Kevin Larson
Rob Lawrence
Allison Lee
Jin Lee
Mira Leslie
Vivian Leung
Becky Lewis
Bonnie Light
Soyeon Lippman
Camille Lique
Bradley MacLeod
Ross Maddox
Sarah Malmquist
Torge Martin
Laura Martinez
Julie Mason
Denise McKelvey
James Meabon
Traci Mikasa
Alexander Miller
Jerry Milstein
Rachel Mitchell
Twila Moon
Valerie Morris
Anja Ollodart
Homira Osman
Sergey Ovchinnikov
Christina Owen
Biswajit Paul
Thomas Paulson
Cecilia Peralta Ferriz
Eve Perara
Simina Popa
Giora Proskurowski
Sara Reardon
Ignatius Rigor
Frances Rivera-Hernandez

David Roach
Tyler Robinson
Elizabeth Rosino
Luis Saraiva
Laura Schlenke
Cody Schlenker
Axel Schweiger
Elizabeth Seilie
Alyssa Sheih
Avery Shinneman
Tracey Smart
Benjamin Smith
Megan Smith
Corey Snelson
Eugenie Song
Megan Stachura
Bethany Stackhouse
Christopher Stevens
Thomas Stoklasek
Lauren Summers
Vasudha Sundaravaradan
Earl Sylvain
Rory Telemeco
Yeung Tutterrow
Jake VanderPlas
Carmella Vizza
Jens von der Linden
Cristina Walcher-Chevillet
Dilys Walker
Elly Walsh
Nic Wayand
Chris Weber
Nicholas Weber
Melinda Webster
Mark Wensnahan
Jennifer Whiddon
Katherine Williams
Elisabeth Wurtmann
Xiaolan Xu
Yunqi Yan
Naomi Yode

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