Science Education Partners

Overview

As a Science Education Partner at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, science graduate students and postdoctoral researchers will participate in a multi-day, remote training in informal science communication for public audiences. With an emphasis on their own research, participants will build compelling narratives to share science topics with a diverse audience through videos and webinar presentations. Our goal is to connect the professional experience of our museum education staff with the science expertise of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. Together, we can build the effectiveness of public science communication here at Harvard and engage the public in scientific thinking at the edge of new discoveries.

Program Details

January Science Education Partners Training

January 4–29, 2021: weekly two-hour Zoom trainings (four sessions total)
Topics will include how people learn and understanding audience needs. You will practice carefully refining your message and live presentation skills
Time for brainstorming, prototyping, and reflection
 

Individual Mentoring Sessions

February 1–11, 2021: Participants will have one or more sessions with a museum educator to polish their video or webinar presentation

I Heart Science Virtual Festival

February 12–15, 2021: Participants will share videos or live presentations during this virtual event (participants are expected to participate on only one day of this event).
 

Further Event Participation

Participants may choose to participate in additional events and programs throughout the semester

Outcomes

After participating in the Science Education Partners program, participants will be able to:

  • Explain their research clearly to the public in a way that is engaging, understandable, relevant, and inspires curiosity.
  • Consider their audience and present effectively to diverse groups
  • Use materials from their research to engage learners
  • Connect their research to the larger context of people’s daily lives
  • Measure their success with tools for reflection and feedback

Who Is Encouraged to Apply

  • Graduate students interested in public outreach who have identified the focus of their research
  • Graduate students or postdoctoral researchers participating in Broader Impact projects
  • Postdoctoral researchers interested in public outreach
  • Former Science Education Partners wanting to apply their skills to remote learning experiences

How to Apply

Participants will be accepted via a nomination process through their department chairs. Interested applicants should contact their departments.

Contact Arielle Moon (arielleascrizzi@hmsc.harvard.edu) or Wendy Derjue-Holzer (wderjue@hmsc.harvard.edu) with questions about the content or logistics of the training.