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Communication is an essential part of being a scientist. Scientists need to communicate with other scientists and the lay public. By informing and raising awareness of science-related topics among the general public, scientists can help create a science-literate society that is prepared to make informed decisions. Science communication takes diverse forms: written, spoken, visual, and others.

PPMH is offering a 7-week workshop for undergraduate students that will:

  • Help students build an identity as someone who is knowledgeable about science and capable of explaining science concepts to lay audiences
  • Teach students skills that will make them better science communicators 

This virtual workshop will meet Thursdays January 27 – March 10, 2022 from 5:00-6:30pm by Zoom. There is no tuition. Students will be paid $300 for attending all workshop sessions and completing homework assignments (total time commitment approximately 3 hours/week).
Eligibility: This workshop is open to undergraduate students from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in science or
who self-identify as coming from a disadvantaged background.

Workshop outline:

Date Topic Guest speaker
Week 1 – January 27, 2022 What science communicators do & the role of science communication during a pandemic Jory Weintraub – Science Communication Director, Duke Initiative for Science & Society
Week 2 – February 3, 2022 Science Communication 101 – defining your audience and avoiding jargon; formal and informal settings
Tamara Poles – Community Engagement Specialist, Morehead Planetarium & Science Center
Week 3 – February 10, 2022 Science writing Marla Broadfoot – Scientist and journalist
Week 4 – February 17, 2022 Communicating risk and disease diagnosis to patients
Julianne O’Daniel – Genetic Counselor & Clinical Associate Professor, UNC Department of Genetics
Week 5 – February 24, 2022 Data visualization and graphic design Lori Palen – Data Soapbox
Week 6 – March 3, 2022 Digital storytelling and videos Rob Frederick – Digital Managing Editor, American Scientist Magazine
Week 7 – March 10, 2022 Student showcase n/a


During homework assignments and interactive small group work, students will create infographics, explain a science concept to a lay audience, critically evaluate an existing piece of science communication, and create science videos.

Registration for this event is closed.

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