Science Communication Services

Helping STEM professionals communicate with real-world audiences. From fellowships and workshops to exploring your work’s broader impact, collaborating with OMSI makes your career in STEM anything but your average 9-5.

Programming

Fellowship

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Fellowship
Your complex work, simplified. Join our community of STEM professionals to expand your public communication skills and broaden the impact of your research.

OMSI Science Communication Fellows are STEM professionals or industry and academic researchers, including faculty, graduate students, technicians, or other individuals in science, engineering, health, or technology related positions. After participating in specialized training, Fellows are certified by OMSI as current science ambassadors and skilled communicators. Fellows join a community of STEM professionals passionate about helping public audiences engage with STEM in meaningful and relevant ways.

What's in it for you? 

  • Communication training grounded in research around best practices in informal science education.
  • Ongoing opportunities to engage with museum visitors and communities around the state.
  • Official OMSI Science Communication Fellowship certificate of completion and letters of acknowledgment as needed.
  • Regular networking opportunities with local scientists committed to public engagement and education professionals.
  • Complimentary admission to Science Communication Extensions - an occasional professional development workshop series focusing on a variety of science communication topics.
  • Museum membership.

What does it take?

  • Participation in OMSI's Science Communication "Short Course," a series of four professional development workshops focused on building skills to effectively communicate with public audiences. (Workshops are 3–4 hours each, spaced over 3–4 months.)
  • Collaboration with museum educators to develop a unique, hands-on activity and display representing each Fellow's work.
  • Participation in a minimum of three public programs a year. Most Fellows participate in Meet a Scientist, a public program held on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month, exclusively featuring Fellows with their hands-on, table-top activities.

See below for application details.

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Broader Impacts
Your complex work, translated for real-world impact. Leverage OMSI’s expertise and audience reach to fulfill your grant-related education and outreach requirements.

Collaborate with OMSI to create customized broader impact, education, or outreach plans for your NSF or other grant proposals. OMSI can help by facilitating participation in the Fellowship program, or by co-developing more complex education plans to submit as part of your proposals. Let OMSI’s team of experienced educators, program developers, and science communicators help strengthen your proposals and broaden the reach of your research.

Collaboration Possibilities:

  • Include tuition for the Science Communication Fellowship for you or researchers on your team.
  • Co-create a customized class on the topic of your research for our OMSI educators to teach locally, at our Coastal or Desert Camps, or for our Outreach team to take on the road throughout the Pacific Northwest.
  • Develop a robust hands-on activity on your area of research to be facilitated at the museum by our educators for OMSI visitors.
  • Work with the OMSI evaluation team to evaluate and prepare an in-depth report on the effectiveness of your broader impact activities.

Interested? Contact Us:

Contact Amanda Fisher at Afisher@omsi.edu for further information. Please keep in mind we will need 3-6 weeks to prepare a full Broader Impacts plan and accompanying materials.

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Custom Group Workshops
Dynamic and impactful workshops, customized to meet your needs. Work with OMSI staff to design a workshop from a proven suite of science communication professional development resources to serve your group.

Custom science communication workshops engage groups of professionals in dynamic, hands-on and reflective activities designed to promote team building and introduce STEM experts to basic science communication concepts and techniques. These practices and theories are broadly applicable to a range of educational outreach settings including classroom programs, informal facilitation of a display or activity, or casual conversations. Work with OMSI staff to custom-design a workshop appropriate for your group.

Possible Workshop Goals:

  • Introduce participants to fundamental concepts related to how general public audiences learn and understand science concepts throughout their lives.
  • Identify and practice effective science communication strategies (like using analogies, framing concepts, avoiding jargon, etc.) that assist professionals in communicating complex information to a lay audience.
  • Assist participants in developing meaningful and relevant messaging related to their own work.

Format and Logistics:

  • OMSI staff can travel to facilitate the workshop at your location or you can hold your workshop on the OMSI campus. Travel fees may apply outside the Portland Metro area.
  • Generally, workshops last at least 2-3 hours. Workshops can be designed as stand-alone experiences, or strung together in a multi-part series.
  • Workshops generally take place in a classroom setting, with participants sitting in small groups around tables to facilitate hands-on interactive learning.
  • Workshops can be designed to serve anywhere from 10 – 100+ participants (although smaller groups of no more than 25 participants is optimal for this format).

Cost Structure:

  • Costs begin at $1,500 for a 1-3 hour workshop, serving up to 25 participants

Interested? Contact Us:

Contact Amanda Fisher at Afisher@omsi.edu to discuss your needs and explore possibilities for what we can provide.

One Day Science Communication Seminar
Engaging learning experiences, fine-tuned to build your science communication skills. A one-day professional development event geared towards all STEM professionals.

One-Day Science Communication Seminars at OMSI engage participants in dynamic, hands-on, and reflective activities designed to promote the development of science communication skills. Seminars will cover science communication fundamentals like: refining your message, using analogies and metaphors, and reducing jargon. Each individual event will also provide a deeper dive into specialized topics like science writing, visual communications, interfacing with the press and policymakers, and communicating in the K-12 classroom.

Upcoming Events

Science Communication Morning Seminar: Developing Your Message

Developing Your Message is a 3-hour seminar and workshop designed to help STEM professionals develop and articulate compelling messages designed to target the audiences you want to engage. This seminar will guide you through a process to understand your audience, clarify your goals, and craft your message. Whether you are preparing to participate in education outreach, write a blog post, or give a public presentation, this seminar will help you be a more effective communicator.

This seminar will be facilitated by a team of Science Communication experts from OMSI, led by Lauren Moreno, director of strategic partnerships and programs. Lauren has been developing and leading science communication professional development programs for STEM professionals for the last decade and was instrumental in developing the nationally renowned model, Portal to the Public. Amanda Fisher, science communication services coordinator, and Ian Sterry, science communication fellowship associate, will co-facilitate the seminar. Amanda and Ian have a combined 20+ years of experience designing and facilitating science learning experiences.

Date: Tuesday, August 8
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Location: OMSI Auditorium
Cost: $125 (discount available for active OMSI Science Communication Fellows)

Register

 

Science Communication Afternoon Seminar: PowerPoint Data Visualization

PowerPoint Data Visualization is a 3-hour seminar and workshop designed for STEM professionals that will improve your ability to create powerful data-focused presentations. Compelling presentations are an effective tool to influence public and professional knowledge and decision-making. This seminar will introduce you to essential data visualization concepts and provides hands-on training with PowerPoint and Excel. Whether you are designing presentations for internal team meetings or for large professional or public audiences, this seminar will improve your ability to quickly create engaging and persuasive data-focused presentations.

This seminar will be facilitated by scientist and graphic designer Karen Thiebes, PhD. Karen earned her PhD in Neuroscience at OHSU, learned design at The Art Institute of Portland, and founded a scientific communication company called Simplified Science Publishing. Her work includes figures that have been published in Nature BiotechnologyNature Communications and Science Translational Medicine, and she is an experienced data presentation design instructor for the Oregon Bioscience Association. Karen creates presentations and graphic designs for a variety of biotech businesses, corporate professionals and non-profit organizations.

Date: Tuesday, August 8
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: OMSI Auditorium
Cost: $125 (discount available for active OMSI Science Communication Fellows)

Register

 

Science Communication All Day Seminar: Developing your Message and PowerPoint Data Visualization

Participate in both the Developing Your Message and PowerPoint Data Visualization seminars. Lunch is included!

Date: Tuesday, August 8
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Location: OMSI Auditorium
Cost: $200 (discount available for active OMSI Science Communication Fellows)

Register

 

Questions? Contact Us:

Contact Amanda Fisher at Afisher@omsi.edu with questions or suggestions for seminar topics you would like to see offered in the future.

Fellowship Application - Fall 2017

OMSI is excited to announce that the application for the Fall 2017 Cohort Science Communication Fellowship program, held at OMSI in Portland, OR, is now open. 

Application Deadline

Monday, August 7

Applicants will be notified of acceptance by Monday, August 28

Fall 2017 Cohort Workshop Dates
Workshop 1: Thursday, September 21, 3-6pm
Workshop 2: Thursday, October 26, 3-6pm
Workshop 3: Thursday, November 16, 3-6pm
Workshop 4: Saturday, December 16, 1-5pm

Tuition

$1,500 per participant

Questions

Please contact Amanda Fisher, Science Communication Fellowship Program Coordinator, at afisher@omsi.edu or (503) 797-4635.

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Fellows will also work individually or with a team to develop a hands-on activity related to their current work. Ample concept development and materials support will be provided by OMSI staff, including one 1-2 hour meeting at each Fellow’s lab or workplace. Individual meetings will be scheduled between September 22 and October 25.

Tuition Details

Tuition for the program is $1,500 per participant. Most participants secure funding through grants or through support of their affiliate organizations.  If you would like our assistance in pursuing support by providing language to use in requests and proposals, please reach out to Amanda Fisher at afisher@omsi.edu.

 

A limited number of scholarships are available for the Fall 2017 cohort:

Earth and Space Sciences Scholarships

Eligibility: For the Fall 2017 cohort, OMSI is pleased to offer three Fellowship scholarships for professionals (including researchers, practitioners, students, etc.) working in the field of Earth and Space Science, with particular emphasis in Earth Science, Planetary Science, Heliophysics and Astrophysics.  For more information on the areas of interest, please see NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD).  Selected Fellows will be invited to participate in special Earth and Space Science programming and events.

Maximum request: $1,250           

Aren't ready to apply quite yet? Sign up for our interest list to get updates on future sessions.

Current Fellows
Dr. Raul Bayoan Cal Portland State University Associate Professor, Engineering
Whitman Bouton Oregon State University STEM Educator
Jacob Buchanan Oregon State University PhD Candidate, Chemistry
Reena Clements Oregon Health and Science University PhD Candidate, Neruoscience
Dr. Yoanne Clovis Oregon Health and Science University Postdoctoral Scholar, Neurodevelopment
Elizabeth Cochran University of Oregon PhD Candidate, Chemistry
Susan Cooper University of Oregon PhD Candidate, Chemistry
Seth Crass Trailblazer Foods Food Scientist
Brandon Crockett University of Oregon PhD Candidate, Chemistry
Nicholas Day Portland State University PhD Candidate, Chemistry
David Edwards Oregon Health and Science University PhD Candidate, Cancer Biology
Dr. Uchenna Emechebe Oregon Health and Science University Post doctoral Researcher, Knight Cardiovascular Institute
Dylan Fast Oregon State University PhD Candidate, Chemistry
Bethany Foran Global Grid Project Professional Engineer
Dana Garves Oregon BrewLab Beer Chemist
Allison Gicking Oregon State University PhD Candidate, Physics
Adrienne Godschalx Portland State University PhD Candidate, Biology
Natalie Hambalek Oregon State University PhD Candidate, Integrative Biology
Emily Harris Portland State University Post Bachelor Student, Civil Engineering
Jessica Hebert Oregon Health and Science University PhD Candidate, Pathology
Dr. Annaliese Hettinger Oregon State University Postdoctoral Scholar, Ocean Ecology and Biogeochemistry
Chelsea Holman Oregon State University PhD Candidate, Biochemistry and Biophysics
Eleonora Juarez Oregon Health and Science University PhD Candidate, Molecular and Medical Genetics
Elizabeth King Oregon State University PhD Candidate, Ocean Ecology and Biogeochemistry
Heather Kitada Oregon State University PhD Candidate, Statistics
Nicholas Larkey Oregon State University PhD Candidate, Chemistry
Mary Leonard Oregon State University PhD Candidate, Chemistry
Dr. Annie Lindgren Portland State University Research Scientist, Biology, Center for Life in Extreme Environments
Elena Mahrt Washington State University Vancouver PhD Candidate, Zoology
Dr. Daniel Malouli Oregon Health and Science University Staff Scientist, Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute
Ryan Mansergh Oregon State University PhD Candidate, Chemistry
Dr. Ethan Minot Oregon State University Associate Professor, Physics
Dr. Afua Nyarko Oregon State University Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Biophysics
Cody James Pace EDEN - Rentokil A.C.E., LEED Green Associate, Associate Certified Entomologist and Regional Line of Business Manager
Deok-Hie Park Oregon State University PhD Candidate, Chemistry
Blair Paulik Oregon State University PhD Candidate, Environmental & Molecular Toxicology
Marie Payment Oregon Health and Science University Research Assistant II, Clinical Trials Network and Methamphetamine Abuse Research Center
Dr. Philip Pepe Oregon State University Instructor, Integrative Biology
Dr. Cory Perkins Oregon State University Postdoctoral Scholar, Chemistry
James Pflug Oregon State University PhD Candidate, Integrative Biology
Zuriel Rasmussen Portland State University PhD Candidate, School of Environment; Department of Geography
Claire Riggs Portland State University PhD Candidate, Biology
Karen Roberts Portland State University Research Assistant, Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Elizabeth Savory Oregon State University Postdoctoral Scholar, Botany and Plant Pathology
Meredith Sharps University of Oregon PhD Candidate, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Dr. Stephen Solovitz Washington State University Vancouver Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Sean Speese Oregon Health and Science University Assistant Professor, Neurology, Jungers Center for Neurosciences Research
Claudia Tausz Oregon Health and Science University MS Candidate, Institute of Environmental Health
Brian Turner Portland State University PhD Candidate, Environmental Science & Management
Dr. Christopher Walsh Reed College Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Studies
Dr. Carl Wamser Portland State University Professor Emeritus, Chemistry
Wei Wei Oregon State University PhD Candidate, Microbiology
Lindsay Wills Oregon State University PhD Candidate, Chemistry
Dr. Edward Zaron Portland State University Research Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Liangdong Zhu Oregon State University PhD Candidate, Chemistry
Alumni Fellows
Dr. Rachel Atchley Oregon Health and Science University Postdoctoral Fellow, Neurology 2015
Bidisha Bhattacharya Oregon Health and Science University MS Candidate, Environmental Engineering
2014 to 2016
Shawn Decker Oregon State University PhD Candidate, Chemistry
2014 to 2016
Vitaliy Dereviankin Portland State University Chemistry
2013 to 2015
Dr. Jamie Eastman Oregon Health and Science University Assistant Professor, Epidemiology
2014 to 2015
Edward Elliot Oregon State University Chemistry
2014 to 2015
Kurtis Fairley University of Oregon Chemistry
2014 to 2015
Brantly Fulton University of Oregon PhD Candidate, Chemistry
2014 to 2016
Dr. Benjamin Hanken Oregon State University Chemistry
2014 to 2015
Jeremy Hoffman Oregon State University PhD Candidate, Geology
2015 to 2016
Laura Holloway Portland State University Biology
2013 to 2014
Dr. Caroline Hostetler Oregon Health and Science University Senior Research Associate, Behavioral Neuroscience
2014 to 2016
B. Jeannie Hunnicutt Oregon Health and Science University PhD Candidate, Neuroscience
2014 to 2015
Milton Jackson University of Oregon PhD Candidate, Chemistry
2014 to 2016
Keith James Portland State University Chemistry
2013 to 2015
Dr. David Marsh University of Oregon Postdoctoral Scholar, Chemistry
2015 to 2016
Jessica Martin Oregon Health and Science University PhD Candidate, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
2014 to 2015
Richard Oleksak Oregon State University Chemistry
2014 to 2015
Christina Piedrahita Portland State University Biology
2013 to 2014
Molly Radany Portland State University MS Candidate, Biology
2015 to 2016
Chase Reinhart Portland State University Chemistry
2013 to 2015
Rachel Smith University of Oregon PhD Candidate, Chemistry
2014 to 2016
Qi Tong Portland State University Chemistry
2013 to 2015
Dr. Kari van Zee Oregon State University Biochemistry and Biophysics
2014 to 2015
Prem Vuppuluri Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Mechanical Engineer
2013 to 2015
Morgan Wirthlin Oregon Health and Science University PhD Candidate, Behavioral Neuroscience
2015 to 2016
Keenan Woods University of Oregon PhD Candidate, Chemistry
2014 to 2016
Eric Young Portland State University Chemistry
2013 to 2015
Have questions? We can help.

Contact Amanda Fisher at afisher@omsi.edu or (503) 797-4635.