The U-M Museum of Natural History uses the NSF-supported Portal to the Public guiding framework to bring scientists and public audiences together in face-to-face interactions that promote appreciation and understanding of current scientific research.

To become a Fellow, scientists participate in two free professional development workshops focused on building the 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 K-12 students and the public at two or more outreach events.

  • Workshop One: How People Learn – Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 5- 8PM
  • Brainstorming Session (optional) – Friday, September 20, 2019, 3-5PM
  • Workshop Two: Prototyping Your Activity – Friday, October 4, 2019, 2-5PM

Fellows facilitate their activities for school groups and/or general public during two of the following Scientist Spotlight events:

  • Saturday, October 19, 2019 (shift times from 10AM-1PM or 1-4PM) at the Museum
  • Sunday, November 3, 2019 from 1-3PM at the Ann Arbor District Library, Downtown Branch
  • Sunday, December 8, 2019 (shift times from 10AM-1PM or 1-4PM) at the Museum
  • Winter/spring 2020 events TBD

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 digital museum membership.  As a complimentary member, you're entitled to: Free admission to more than 300 museums and science centers around the world, a 20% discount in the Museum Store, and inclusion in museum program and event notifications.

Application deadline September 10, 2019.  


For more information contact Alicia Comer, Completed printed applications may be mailed to Alicia Comer, Biological Sciences Building, 1105 North University Ave, Room B241, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1085 or emailed to


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