Scientific terms and concepts are part of a scientist’s everyday life, but to non-science folk, they can sound like a foreign language. To learn how to better communicate to a broader audience, three graduate students from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences participated in a Science Communication Fellowship hosted by Reiman Gardens during the spring semester.
Sarah Pedersen and Emily Ernst, both graduate students in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology, and Carla Mann, a graduate student in the Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology and part of the interdisciplinary Bioinformatics and Computational Biology program, attended workshops and presentations to develop a hands-on activity related to their research to show its impact on the community and world.
The students participated in the Science Communication Fellowship, a free professional development program designed to enhance science communication skills through three workshops and a few public presentations. The Participants develop a hands-on activity related to their work in order to show its impact in an outreach setting. The fellowship is offered through Reiman Gardens, part of the Portal to the Public Network (PoPNet), a community of practitioners dedicated to sharing ideas and strategies for scientist-and-public engagement.