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Science Communication Fellowship
Since 2007, Pacific Science Center’s core Portal to the Public effort, the Science Communication Fellowship Program, has provided local STEM-based professionals with training and ongoing opportunities to engage with the public about their work.
Who can be a Science Communication Fellow?
Any individual who holds a bachelor’s degree, uses STEM in their work, and is located in the Puget Sound region is eligible to apply. We have trained Fellows from many academic, research, government, and industry organizations.
What do Science Communication Fellows do?
Fellows begin by taking a multi-week Science Communication Course to improve their skills in effectively engaging public audiences. This course:
- Offers practice in techniques for discussing complex topics
- Helps to refine key messages related to each Fellow’s area of expertise
- Supports the development of hands-on activities related directly to each Fellow’s area of work
After completing the course, Fellows participate in public engagement programs at Pacific Science Center, including Meet a Scientist.
Why should I become a Science Communication Fellow?
By facilitating science-oriented interactions with the public, Fellows put a face on science and provide an opportunity for interaction that many guests cannot otherwise access. In addition, many participants find it fun and personally rewarding to share their excitement about science with diverse audiences. Participation in public programming also fulfills broader impacts components of many grants, and the skills gained in the course can benefit communicative effectiveness in a variety of professional contexts.
How do I become a Science Communication Fellow?
New Fellows are accepted through a competitive application process two to three times per year. In general, we welcome applications from any eligible STEM-based professional. Occasionally, acceptance is limited by research topic and/or institutional affiliation due to funding arrangements. Any such restrictions are clearly listed on the application for a cohort.
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 need information to include in a request for such funding, please contact Padmin@pacsci.org. Partial or full scholarships are sometimes available.
Are there other ways to experience this training?
Yes, we offer custom workshops for groups interested in developing their skills without the full Science Communication Fellowship commitment.
“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
Amanda Woodward Davis
Heather Herd Gustafson
Courtnie Jean Paschall
Science Communication Fellowship Alumni
Ruth Hall Sedlak
D. Michael Heinekey
Daniel Ramirez Hernandez
Stefanie Iverson Cabral
Lisa Ann Lai
Cecilia Peralta Ferriz
Jens von der Linden
Brian M. Wasko