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.
Fellows accepted into the program will participate in a series of five free professional development workshops hosted by museum staff, focused on building the skills to effectively engage public audiences. During this process and with guidance from museum staff, Fellows will develop meaningful, inquiry-based activities that showcase their research then share these activities with K-12 students and/or the public at two or more community outreach events.
Brainstorming Session (choose one)
Monday, February 21, 2022 – OFF
Prototyping your activity/presentation (choose one)
Upon completion of the workshop series, Fellows sign up to participate in at least two of the following outreach opportunities, at least one of which is a Scientist Spotlight event.
Scientist Spotlight (geared toward general public or school audiences)
March 13, 2022, 1-4PM at Forsythe Middle School as part of the Young Scientists’ Expo
March 19, 2022 - 1-3PM at the Ann Arbor District Library, downtown
April 9, 2022 - 11AM-2PM at the Museum of Natural History
April 23, 2022 - 9AM-12PM, 12-3PM, or 3-6PM at the Washtenaw Elementary Science Olympiad at Pioneer High School
Other spring dates TBD
Virtual live Meet a Scientist event(s) held over Zoom
March 12, 2022 with FEMMES
Scientist in the Forum presentation in the museum’s Science Forum during weekend operating hours
Expert Expo - recorded video segments for the Museum at Home webpage
We plan to hold the science communication workshops and most events in person, following the most up to date University COVID guidelines.