Pacific Science Center's Science Communication Fellowship Program
Do you wish you were better able to explain to colleagues, friends, and strangers the work you do and why it matters? Do you need a venue to connect your work to the local community? Develop your skills and bring STEM outside your workplace with Pacific Science Center’s Science Communication Fellowship Program. For more than a decade, this program has provided communication training and ongoing opportunities for local STEM-based professionals in industry and academia to engage with public audiences.

What are the benefits of participation?
• Learn and practice strategies to speak about your work engagingly
• Strengthen the interpersonal skills essential to your career advancement
• Network with local professionals who are passionate about the public face of STEM
• Develop hands-on programming to use at, and outside of, Pacific Science Center
• Gain access to public engagement experts, audiences, and venues for creating and implementing your STEM outreach ideas
• Enjoy Pacific Science Center Membership

What are the requirements?
• STEM-related work
• Desire to spark excitement about STEM
• Participation in Pacific Science Center events after training

Tuition for our science communication course is $2,000. Full and partial scholarship options are detailed below.

To be considered for our Spring 2019 cohort, please fill out and submit this application by February 28, 2019. Contact PAdmin@pacsci.org with any questions or concerns.

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Participant Commitments and Course Schedule
As a participant in the Science Communication Fellowship Program, you will be expected to do three things:
1. Participate in the full Science Communication Course at Pacific Science Center. *
We will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the following Saturdays: March 30, April 6, April 13, April 20, April 27, and May 4. Our final workshop on Saturday, May 18 will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attendance is expected at all sessions. If you know that you will have to miss one of these days, please inform us now so that we can work out an alternative. Anticipated time commitment: 20 hours (over 8 weeks)
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2. Develop a hands-on activity related to your work. *
Ample concept development support will be provided by Pacific Science Center staff, including a 90-minute individual meeting at your workplace to be scheduled between April 1 and 12, 2019. You will use this activity in public programming at Pacific Science Center. Anticipated time commitment: 10 hours (over 8 weeks)
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3. Participate in a minimum of 3 public events at Pacific Science Center each year. *
Your early programming opportunities will focus on Meet a Scientist, an event that features our Science Communication Fellows with their activities most Saturday afternoons. After this initial commitment, other programming opportunities will become available to you, including adults-only events, lectures, youth and teen programs, and more. Anticipated time commitment: 3.5 hours x 3 events = 10.5 hours (over roughly 9 months)
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Tell Us About Yourself
Briefly describe your current work in your area(s) of expertise as you would to someone unfamiliar with your field. *
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How many months or years have you been engaged in this area of work, post bachelor's degree? *
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Describe any previous experience you have with science communication and public outreach. *
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Why are you interested in participating in this program? *
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Pacific Science Center is committed to expanding the inclusivity, diversity, equitability, and accessibility of our programs and institutions. How would you support these efforts? Why do you think these efforts are important? *
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At Pacific Science Center, we embrace experimentation and failure. What is your favorite "science fail" story? *
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Tuition and Scholarships
Tuition for the Science Communication Course is $2,000 per participant. Participants (or their sponsor organization) will be invoiced after accepting a place in the program. Payment is due within 30 days of invoice. Most participants secure funding through grants or through support of their affiliate institutions. If you would like our assistance in pursuing support by providing information to use in requests or if the cost poses a significant hardship, please reach out to PAdmin@pacsci.org.

For Spring 2019, the following scholarships are available:

STEP Forward Scholarship
Eligibility: any fellow of UW's Science Teaching Experience for Postdocs (STEP) program
Maximum request: $2,000
Awards anticipated: 3

Pacific Science Center Targeted Field Scholarship
Eligibility: any applicant working in technology
Maximum request: $2,000
Awards anticipated: 1

Pacific Science Center IDEA Scholarship
Eligibility: any applicant who would contribute to inclusivity, diversity, equitability, and accessibility (IDEA) efforts in our programming
Maximum request: $2,000
Awards anticipated: 1

Pacific Science Center Cost-Sharing Scholarship
Eligibility: any applicant whose sponsor organization cannot cover the full tuition cost
Maximum request: $1,500
Awards anticipated: multiple

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If you are not selected to receive scholarship funding or receive an amount smaller than you requested, would you still like to be considered for acceptance into the Science Communication Fellowship Program?
Science Communication Fellowship scholarships are awarded based on merit and availability of funding. Multiple criteria, including field of work, quality of application, and contributions toward the institution’s inclusivity, diversity, equitability, and accessibility initiatives are used to determine awards. Depending on availability of funding, awards may be made in amounts smaller than requested.
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