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Science Communication Fellows

Portal to the Public is a national NSF-supported guiding framework designed to bring scientists and public audiences together in face-to-face interactions.  The Science Communication Fellows Program uses the Portal to the Public framework to offer two professional development workshops to University of Michigan graduate students, post-docs, and faculty to help them build skills to effectively engage public audiences.  With guidance from Museum program staff, Fellows develop meaningful, inquiry-based and materials-rich table-top activities that showcase their research then share these activities with the public at two or more Museum events.

Professional Development Workshops include:

  • How People Learn
  • Prototyping Your Activity

Fellows facilitate their activities for the general public during at least two events.  Examples of these public events include Discovery Days, Scientist Spotlights and more.

Fellow Benefits:

  • Museum Science Communication Fellow certificate, for reference in a C.V., commending commitment to science communication and public engagement.
  • Consultation and assistance in writing broader impact plans to fulfill grant and other outreach requirements.
  • Opportunities to network with other scientists and researchers committed to public engagement as well as with education professionals.
  • Complimentary Museum membership.  As a Museum member, you're entitled to: Free admission to more than 300 museums and science centers around the world, free Planetarium passes, a 20% discount in the Museum Store, invitations to members-only events and exhibition openings and more!

Click here to download the Winter 2017 Fellows application.  Application Deadline Option B: February 14, 2017

For more information contact Alicia Comer,, or Kira Berman,