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.

Science Communication Workshop Opportunity

OMSI and Oregon State University are excited to continue offering opportunities for members of the OSU community to build and hone their science communication skills. This spring, a workshop series will provide exclusive opportunities for OSU faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students, with registration priority for members of the College of Science at OSU. Build your skills and confidence talking about your science research with the public, friends and family through this special training offered by OMSI Science Educators.

These workshops are offered in two groups: The first three sessions—Introduction to Science Communication Series—focus on the building blocks of science communication and the second three workshops—Special Offering: Science Communication Topics—dig into specific topics.

Introduction to Science Communication Series: In the series of three Introduction to Science Communication workshops, participants will engage in learning situations while using reflection tools to help build their understanding of informal learning. Participants will be able to build upon the framework to approach communicating science with the public in various informal settings.

●  Who is eligible? Faculty, staff and graduate students conducting research projects AND undergraduates with previous experience in summer research, capstone projects, REUs, and/or a senior thesis.

●  What are the benefits? In addition to gaining new skills and abilities, all participants who complete the Introduction to Science Communication Series will receive a certificate and be recognized as an OMSI Science Ambassador.

Understand Informal Education
Feb 18
We all have many opportunities for learning outside of the classroom (and workshops.) This workshop takes an introductory look at how modes of communication can assist in those informal learning settings.

Make my Research Meaningful
Feb 25
As you delve into your research or career, the bigger picture can be harder to see through the details. In this workshop, we will use tools and techniques to help you get back on the same plane of understanding as the public.

Hone my Message
Mar 4
How can I get my message across at the right level for the learner? We will practice facilitation strategies to support conversations that keep the learner in the forefront instead of the content.

 

Special Offering – Science Communication Topics: These three workshops will provide avenues to narrow the lessons learned from the core workshops towards a specific outcome. Topic workshops will include activities and resources from cross-departmental OMSI staff.

Controversial Subjects
April 8
Don't avoid tackling controversial issues anymore! In this workshop we'll learn and practice strategies for writing and talking about controversial topics in a productive and hopeful way. Subjects include: framing, the power of metaphor, explanatory chains and solutions.

 

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Virtual Science Demonstrations
April 15
Over the past year, many of us have communicated in a virtual format much more than ever before. In this workshop we will emphasize and practice facilitation strategies unique to the virtual format that still allow for making meaningful connections.

 

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Science in Social Media
April 22
Social media platforms, as science communication tools, present unique opportunities and challenges. Do I know my audience? How do I communicate accurate science while being concise? This workshop will put your communication skills in context for a quick paced and high volume learning environment.

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Want to register for all six courses? Sign up for both the Introduction to Science Communication Series and Science Communication Topics below.

Register for all Science Communication Series and Topics

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Thank you to OSU for helping provide science communication workshops.

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.

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 SciComm@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.

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 SciComm@omsi.edu to discuss your needs and explore possibilities for what we can provide.

Learn More

Current Fellows
Jennifer Bailey Guerrero Oregon State University Programs Coordinator, Forest Ecosystems and Society
Amber Barnard Oregon State University Masters Student, Food Science and Technology
Chelsea Batavia Oregon State University PhD Candidate, Forest Ecosystems and Society
Dr. Raul Bayoan Cal Portland State University Associate Professor, Engineering
Dr. Nicholas Beaird Oregon State University Post Doctoral Scholar, Physics of Oceans and Atmospheres
Dr. Kara Becker Reed College Professor, Linguistics
Nicholas Bira Oregon State University Masters Student, Mechanical, Industrial and Manfacturing Engineering
Whitman Bouton Oregon State University STEM Educator
Dr. Ying Cao Oregon State University Post Doctoral Scholar, Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering
Reena Clements Oregon Health and Science University PhD Candidate, Neruoscience
Elizabeth Cochran University of Oregon PhD Candidate, Chemistry
Susan Cooper University of Oregon PhD Candidate, Chemistry
Seth Crass Trailblazer Foods Food Scientist
Nicholas Day Portland State University PhD Candidate, Chemistry
Jenessa Duncombe Oregon State University Doctoral Student, Physical Oceanography
Katherine Dziedzic Oregon State University PhD Candidate, Integrative Biology
Christoper Eddy Oregon State University Doctoral Student, Physics
Alex Emch Oregon State University Doctoral Student, Food Science and Technology
Dr. Uchenna Emechebe Oregon Health and Science University Post doctoral Researcher, Knight Cardiovascular Institute
Dr. Jennifer Fehrenbacher Oregon State University Assistant Professor, College Of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
Allison Gicking Oregon State University PhD Candidate, Physics
Antonio Gomez Oregon State University Doctoral Student, Integrative Biology
Dr. Sarah Gravem Oregon State University Post Doctoral Scholar, Integrative Biology
Kelby Hahn Oregon State University Doctoral Student, Physics
Tamasen Hayward Washington State University, Vancouver Masters Student, Biological Sciences
Jessica Hebert Oregon Health and Science University PhD Candidate, Pathology
Rebecca Hood Oregon Health and Science University Doctoral Student, Behavioral Neuroscience
Karla Jarecke Oregon State University PhD Candidate, Forest Ecosystems and Society
Christine Johnson Oregon State University Masters Student, Forestry
Eleonora Juarez Oregon Health and Science University PhD Candidate, Molecular and Medical Genetics
Heather Kitada Oregon State University PhD Candidate, Statistics
Dr. Elizabeth Kusel Portland State University Doctoral Student, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Valeri Lapacek Oregon State University PhD Candidate, Integrative Biology
Dr. Davide Lazzati Oregon State University Associate Professor, Physics
Mary Leonard Oregon State University PhD Candidate, Chemistry
Haley Licon Oregon Health and Science University Masters Student, Microbiology and Immunology
Dr. Annie Lindgren Portland State University Research Scientist, Biology, Center for Life in Extreme Environments
Rebecca Maher Oregon State University PhD Candidate, Microbiology
Dr. Daniel Malouli Oregon Health and Science University Staff Scientist, Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute
Ryan Mansergh Oregon State University PhD Candidate, Chemistry
Bethany Mathews Oregon State University Doctoral Student, Physics
Aisha Mckee Oregon State University PhD Candidate, Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Kavita Meduri Portland State University Doctoral Student, Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Ethan Minot Oregon State University Associate Professor, Physics
Ali Mousavian Oregon State University Doctoral Student, Physics
Christina Mulch Oregon State University Masters Student, Horticulture
Christina Murphy Oregon State University PhD Candidate, Fisheries and Wildlife
Caroline Nash Oregon State University Doctoral Student, Water Resources
George Neuhaus Oregon State University Doctoral Student, Chemistry
Dr. Sang Park Portland Community College Instructor, Math, Science, Health and Phys Ed
Blair Paulik Oregon State University PhD Candidate, Environmental & Molecular Toxicology
Dr. Tina Penman VA Portland/Portland State University Audiologist and Regional Research Administrator
Dr. Philip Pepe Oregon State University Instructor, Integrative Biology
James Pflug Oregon State University PhD Candidate, Integrative Biology
Branwen Purdy Oregon State University Masters Student, Mathematics
Zuriel Rasmussen Portland State University PhD Candidate, School of Environment; Department of Geography
Karen Roberts Portland State University Research Assistant, Mechanical Engineering
Hannah Rolston Oregon State University PhD Candidate, Environmental Engineering
Vanessa Rose Washington State University, Vancouver Doctoral Student
Khadidiatou Sall Oregon State University Doctoral Student, Horticulture
Dr. Elizabeth Savory Oregon State University Postdoctoral Scholar, Botany and Plant Pathology
Prarthana Shankar Oregon State University Doctoral Student, Environmental and Molecular Toxicology
Meredith Sharps University of Oregon PhD Candidate, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Kestin Shulz Oregon Health and Science University Masters Student, Environmental Health
Allison Shutterly Oregon State University PhD Candidate, Robotics and Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Tara Smiley Oregon State University Post Doctoral Scholar, Integrative Biology
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
Jenna Sullivan Oregon State University Doctoral Student, Integrative Biology
Brian Turner Portland State University PhD Candidate, Environmental Science & Management
Dr. Charlotte Vaughn University of Oregon Instructor, Linguistics
Dr. Carl Wamser Portland State University Professor Emeritus, Chemistry
Lu Wang Oregon State University PhD Candidate, Microbiology
Dr. Sally Warner Oregon State University Research Associate, College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
Wei Wei Oregon State University PhD Candidate, Microbiology
Dr. Edward Zaron Portland State University Research Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Lulu Zhang Oregon State University Doctoral Student, Chemistry
Liangdong Zhu Oregon State University PhD Candidate, Chemistry
Alumni Fellows
Dr. Rachel Atchley Oregon Health and Science University Neurology 2015
Michelle Audie Washington State University Vancouver Environmental Science 2017 to 2018
Lizzy Axton Oregon State University Molecular Toxicology 2017
Bidisha Bhattacharya Oregon Health and Science University Environmental Engineering 2014 to 2016
Jacob Buchanan Oregon State University Chemistry 2016 to 2018
Caitlyn Clark Oregon State University Mechanical Engineering 2016 to 2017
Dr. Yoanne Clovis Oregon Health and Science University Postdoctoral Scholar, Neurodevelopment 2015 to 2017
Susan Cooper University of Oregon PhD Candidate, Chemistry 2014 to 2018
Brandon Crockett University of Oregon Chemistry 2014 to 2017
Brittany Cummings Oregon Health and Science University Environmental Health 2016 to 2018
Shawn Decker Oregon State University Chemistry 2014 to 2016
Vitaliy Dereviankin Portland State University Chemistry 2013 to 2015
Dr. Jamie Eastman Oregon Health and Science University Epidemiology 2014 to 2015
David Edwards Oregon Health and Science University Cancer Biology 2015 to 2017
Edward Elliot Oregon State University Chemistry 2014 to 2015
Kurtis Fairley University of Oregon Chemistry 2014 to 2015
Dylan Fast Oregon State University Chemistry 2014 to 2017
Celia Fiordalisi Northwest University of Natural Medicine Food Science 2016, 2018
Bethany Foran Global Grid Project Engineering 2015 to 2018
Brantly Fulton University of Oregon Chemistry 2014 to 2016
Dana Garves Oregon BrewLab Beer Chemistry 2015 to 2018
Adrienne Godschalx Portland State University Biology 2015 to 2017
Natalie Hambalek Oregon State University Integrative Biology 2015 to 2017
Dr. Benjamin Hanken Oregon State University Chemistry 2014 to 2015
Emily Harris Portland State University Civil Engineering 2016 to 2018
Dr. Annaliese Hettinger Oregon State University Ocean Ecology and Biogeochemistry 2016 to 2017
Jeremy Hoffman Oregon State University Geology 2015 to 2016
Laura Holden Oregon State University Environmental and Molecular Toxicology 2016 to 2018
Laura Holloway Portland State University Biology 2013 to 2014
Chelsea Holman Oregon State University Biochemistry and Biophysics 2014 to 2018
Dr. Caroline Hostetler Oregon Health and Science University Behavioral Neuroscience 2014 to 2016
B. Jeannie Hunnicutt Oregon Health and Science University Neuroscience 2014 to 2015
Milton Jackson University of Oregon Chemistry 2014 to 2016
Keith James Portland State University Chemistry 2013 to 2015
Elizabeth King Oregon State University Ocean Ecology and Biogeochemistry 2016 to 2017
Nicholas Larkey Oregon State University PhD Candidate, Chemistry 2016 to 2017
Elena Mahrt Washington State University, Vancouver Zoology 2014 to 2017
Dr. David Marsh University of Oregon Chemistry 2015 to 2016
Jessica Martin Oregon Health and Science University Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 2014 to 2015
Dr. Afua Nyarko Oregon State University Biochemistry and Biophysics 2016 to 2018
Richard Oleksak Oregon State University Chemistry 2014 to 2015
Cody James Pace EDEN - Rentokil Entomology 2014 to 2016
Deok-Hie Park Oregon State University Chemistry 2015 to 2018
Marie Payment Oregon Health and Science University Methamphetamine Abuse 2014 to 2016
Dr. Cory Perkins Oregon State University Chemistry 2014 to 2018
Christina Piedrahita Portland State University Biology 2013 to 2014
Molly Radany Portland State University Biology 2015 to 2016
Zuriel Rasmussen Portland State University PhD Candidate, School of Environment; Department of Geography 2016 to 2018
Chase Reinhart Portland State University Chemistry 2013 to 2015
Claire Riggs Portland State University Biology 2015 to 2018
Dr. Armanda Roco Oregon State University Microbiology and Crop Soils 2017 to 2018
Rachel Smith University of Oregon Chemistry 2014 to 2016
Claudia Tausz Oregon Health and Science University Environmental Health 2014 to 2016
Coral Tily Environmental Protection Agency Information Services 2017 to 2018
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
Dr. Christopher Walsh Reed College Chemistry and Environmental Studies 2015 to 2018
Lindsay Wills Oregon State University Chemistry 2014 to 2018
Morgan Wirthlin Oregon Health and Science University Behavioral Neuroscience 2015 to 2016
Keenan Woods University of Oregon Chemistry 2014 to 2016
Eric Young Portland State University Chemistry 2013 to 2015
Have questions? We can help.

Contact Andrew Haight, Director of Guest Engagement at scicomm@omsi.edu or (503) 797-4669.