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.

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.

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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: Share Your Science--Writing About Your Research

Science writing is everywhere and increasingly digital--websites, blog posts, and tweets share scientific results with broad audiences. In this workshop, you will learn how to write clearly and concisely to promote your research in a way that's fun and engaging without sacrificing scientific accuracy. 

We'll deconstruct some snappy writing, learn what makes a good headline, and practice writing blog-length posts. You'll develop skills that science writers use and have the opportunity to ask questions about this increasingly popular profession. 

Instructor Dr. Katherine Kornei is a freelance science writer and educator living in Portland. After earning a Ph.D. in astronomy, she realized she wanted to communicate science to more than the 50 people who understood her thesis. Dr. Kornei now works as a science writer and writes for Science, Scientific American, and Discover magazines. Dr. Kornei is also a Program and Exhibit Developer at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (www.katherinekornei.com; @katherinekornei).

Please bring: A laptop computer with a text editing program

Date: Saturday, March 23

Time: 10:00am – 12:30pm

Location: OMSI 

Cost: $125 (discount available for active OMSI Science Communication Fellows)

Register Here

 

 

Science Communication Afternoon Seminar: Get Found in Google

You’ve got your article, blog, or website ready to post. But will anyone see it after you publish? This seminar will teach you how to use search engine data to expand the reach of your online science communication. You’ll learn basic search engine optimization skills (keyword research, on-page keyword use, and hyperlinking). With these skills, you will be able to find out what language the public uses when searching on science questions and how to use that language in your writing to signal to search engine algorithms to return your article when the public does these searches. We will also cover how to link to other websites in your online writing to make sure good science is at the top of those search results, how and why to build links to your articles and websites, and why these skills are so important to science communication.

This seminar will be run by Dr. Effie Greathouse. Dr. Greathouse holds a B.S. in wildlife, fish, and conservation biology from the University of California, Davis and a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of Georgia.  She is currently the director of Digital Resources for Community and Science.

Please bring: A laptop computer

Date: Saturday, March 23

Time: 1:30pm – 4:00pm

Location: OMSI 

Cost: $125 (discount available for active OMSI Science Communication Fellows)

Register Here

 

 

Science Communication All Day Seminar: Share Your Science and Get Found in Google

Participate in both the morning Share Your Science--Writing About Your Research seminar, and the afternoon Get Found in Google seminar. Lunch is included! 

Date: Saturday, March 23

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Location: OMSI Auditorium

Cost: $200 (discount available for active OMSI Science Communication Fellows)

Register Here!

 

 

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 - Summer 2019

The application for the Summer 2019 Cohort Science Communication Fellowship program, held at OMSI in Portland, OR, is now open. 

Application Deadline
Monday, April 15, 2019 

Applicants will be notified of acceptance by April 22nd.

Summer 2019 Cohort Workshop Dates
Workshop 1: Wednesday, June 12, 3-6pm 
Workshop 2: Wednesday, July 17, 3-6pm
Workshop 3: Wednesday, August 7, 3-6pm
Workshop 4: Wednesday, August 14, 1-5pm

 

Fellows will also work individually or with a team to develop a hands-on activity related to their current work. OMSI staff, including a one 1-2 hour meeting at each Fellow’s lab or workplace, will provide ample concept development and materials support. Individual meetings will be scheduled between June 13 and July 16.

Tuition & Scholarship Details

Tuition for the program is $1,500 per participant. Most participants secure funding through grants or through the 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.

NASA at My Library Scholarship: For the Summer 2019 cohort, two full-tuition scholarships are available for professionals (including researchers, practitioners, students, etc.) with NASA affiliations. NASA at My Library Fellows will be asked to participate in special virtual programming at regional libraries.  If selected for the scholarship, the commitments will be discussed in detail before acceptance into the program.

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

Apply

Fellowship Application - Fall 2019

The application for the Fall 2018 Cohort Science Communication Fellowship program, held at OMSI in Portland, OR, is now open. 

Application Deadline
Monday, July 15, 2019

Applicants will be notified of acceptance by July 22nd.

Fall 2019 Cohort Workshop Dates
Workshop 1: Thursday, September 19, 3-6pm 
Workshop 2: Thursday, October 10, 3-6pm
Workshop 3: Thursday, November 7, 3-6pm
Workshop 4: Saturday, December 7, 1-5pm

 

Fellows will also work individually or with a team to develop a hands-on activity related to their current work. OMSI staff will provide ample concept development and materials support, including one 1-2 hour meeting at each Fellow’s lab or workplace. Individual meeting will be scheduled between September 20 and October 9.

Tuition & Scholarship Details
Tuition for the program is $1,500 per participant. Most participants secure funding through grants or through the 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. At this time, no scholarships are available for the Fall 2019 cohort. Please check back as we will post scholarships as they become available.  

 

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

Apply

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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
Jacob Buchanan Oregon State University PhD Candidate, Chemistry
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
Celia Fiordalisi Northwest University of Natural Medicine Masters Student
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Dana Garves Oregon BrewLab Beer Chemist
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
Emily Harris Portland State University Post Bachelor Student, Civil Engineering
Tamasen Hayward Washington State University, Vancouver Masters Student, Biological Sciences
Jessica Hebert Oregon Health and Science University PhD Candidate, Pathology
Laura Holden Oregon State University Doctoral Student, Environmental and Molecular Toxicology
Chelsea Holman Oregon State University PhD Candidate, Biochemistry and Biophysics
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. Afua Nyarko Oregon State University Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Biophysics
Dr. Sang Park Portland Community College Instructor, Math, Science, Health and Phys Ed
Deok-Hie Park Oregon State University PhD Candidate, Chemistry
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
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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
Claire Riggs Portland State University PhD Candidate, Biology
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Hannah Rolston Oregon State University PhD Candidate, Environmental Engineering
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Dr. Elizabeth Savory Oregon State University Postdoctoral Scholar, Botany and Plant Pathology
Prarthana Shankar Oregon State University Doctoral Student, Environmental and Molecular Toxicology
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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
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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 PhD Candidate, Chemistry
2016 to 2018
Caitlyn Clark Oregon State University Doctoral Student, 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 PhD Candidate, Chemistry
2014 to 2017
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 PhD Candidate, Cancer Biology
2015 to 2017
Edward Elliot Oregon State University Chemistry
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Kurtis Fairley University of Oregon Chemistry
2014 to 2015
Dylan Fast Oregon State University PhD Candidate, Chemistry
2014 to 2017
Brantly Fulton University of Oregon Chemistry
2014 to 2016
Dana Garves Oregon BrewLab Beer Chemist
2015 to 2018
Adrienne Godschalx Portland State University PhD Candidate, Biology
2015 to 2017
Natalie Hambalek Oregon State University PhD Candidate, Integrative Biology
2015 to 2017
Dr. Benjamin Hanken Oregon State University Chemistry
2014 to 2015
Dr. Annaliese Hettinger Oregon State University Postdoctoral Scholar, Ocean Ecology and Biogeochemistry
2016 to 2017
Jeremy Hoffman Oregon State University Geology
2015 to 2016
Laura Holloway Portland State University Biology
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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
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2014 to 2016
Keith James Portland State University Chemistry
2013 to 2015
Elizabeth King Oregon State University PhD Candidate, Ocean Ecology and Biogeochemistry
2016 to 2017
Nicholas Larkey Oregon State University PhD Candidate, Chemistry
2016 to 2017
Elena Mahrt Washington State University, Vancouver PhD Candidate, 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
Richard Oleksak Oregon State University Chemistry
2014 to 2015
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2014 to 2016
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2015 to 2018
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2014 to 2016
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2013 to 2014
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2015 to 2016
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2016 to 2018
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2013 to 2015
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2015 to 2018
Rachel Smith University of Oregon Chemistry
2014 to 2016
Claudia Tausz Oregon Health and Science University Institute of Environmental Health
2014 to 2016
Qi Tong Portland State University Chemistry
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2015 to 2018
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2015 to 2016
Keenan Woods University of Oregon Chemistry
2014 to 2016
Eric Young Portland State University Chemistry
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Have questions? We can help.

Contact Amanda Fisher, Senior Science Communication Specialist, at afisher@omsi.edu or (503) 797-4635.