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.

For more information contact Alicia Comer,


Application is now closed.  Please check back in December 2019.