The REU Science Communication Workshop is designed to enhance the science communication skills of undergraduate students participating in research programs such as NSF's Research Experience for Undergraduates. The REU SCW has been implemented and evaluated quite successfully at more than 10 university campuses. This Guide offers program providers step-by-step planning and implementation instructions, hand-outs, media and print materials, evaluation tools, and sample workshop leader commentary.
This Guide provides information and resources for planning and hosting a Sharing Science Workshop & Practicum for early career researchers that will enhance their science communication skills, engage their interest in education and outreach, and prepare them for providing effective and rewarding education outreach experiences. An updated version (v 4.0) of the guide and materials was posted in April 2016. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions/comments.
Online Workshop: Activities and Conversations about Synthetic Biology: The Building with Biology Project (Recorded)
During this brown-bag conversation, presenters provide a general introduction to the fast-growing field of biological engineering and describe a NSF-funded project that brings together professionals from the scientific community and informal science educators to create conversations between synthetic biology (or a related field) scientists and members of the public around the societal implications of this topic.
The Sharing Science Workshop & Practicum was developed by the Museum of Science in partnership with the Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing to engage university graduate students and post-docs in building their science communication and education outreach skills. Students typically spend a half day learning and practicing with each other and a half day working hands-on with audiences in a museum or other informal science education setting. This posting is one of the evaluation studies conducted on the program by the UMass Donahue Institute.