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.
In-person Workshop Schedule
Brainstorming Session (choose one)
Prototyping session (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.
Virtual live Meet a Scientist event(s) held over Zoom
Winter dates TBD
Scientist in the Forum presentation in the museum’s Science Forum during weekend operating hours
Expert Expo - recorded video segments for the Museum@Home webpage
Science communication workshops and events will be held in person unless otherwise noted, following the most up to date university COVID guidelines.