Application for ComSciCon 2019
We invite you to apply for the July 2019 Communicating Science Workshop!

ComSciCon 2019 will be held Thursday, July 11 – Saturday, July 13 in San Diego, CA.

This application will close on Friday, March 1st, 2019.

Please visit this page for more information about the program:

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About ComSciCon
ComSciCon is a unique professional development experience, which will provide graduate student attendees with a fantastic opportunity to convene in San Diego, CA to meet young leaders in the communication of science, learn from and interact with a remarkable group of invited experts, and produce an original work communicating complex technical concepts from science and engineering to a new audience.

Attendance at ComSciCon is limited to current (or recently graduated) graduate students in residence at US or Canadian institutions. International students who study at US and Canadian institutions are gladly welcomed. We unfortunately cannot accept students traveling to this event from outside the US or Canada. Recent graduates must have graduated no earlier than December 2018.

Application, registration, and attendance at the workshop is free of charge for accepted applicants. Full or partial travel support will be provided to accepted applicants from the US or Canada who would need to travel to the San Diego area, and housing nearby to the conference venue will be provided.

Attendees to ComSciCon are required to attend the entire workshop.

ComSciCon applications are competitive and we encourage applicants to prepare their responses carefully.

Will you be able to attend the entire workshop? *
The workshop will take place Thursday, July 11 – Saturday, July 13, 2019 in San Diego, CA. Housing and full or partial travel support will be provided to all accepted attendees; more details follow in the application.
Essay Questions & Saving Your Progress
The following questions will form the foundation of your application. Each response has a character limit (including spaces), and they can be answered on Page 3 of the application.

We are providing them for you here so you can consider your responses before beginning the application. However, you will be able to save your progress before answering these questions by submitting an unfinished application and returning to edit it later.


Question 1:
Describe your previous experience in science communication and how that experience is innovative, unique, or impactful.

Describe one or more science communication efforts you've been involved in, and what you believe may be particularly impactful or innovative about those efforts. These could include participation or leadership in student organizations, contributions to science outreach programs, blogging or other writing for the general public, activity on social media, or other experiences. Try to focus on activities outside of your regular duties as a graduate student.

Write no more than 750 characters (includes spaces).


Question 2:
Please describe your research as you would to the general public.

Imagine you are asked what you do by a member of the general public. Please give an example of how you would describe your work do in an accurate, but exciting and engaging way. Write no more than 500 characters (includes spaces). You should avoid jargon.

Write no more than 500 characters (includes spaces).


Question 3:
How will attending ComSciCon help further your goals as a science communicator?

For example, consider one or more of the following questions: Are there new efforts you are hoping to launch or get engaged in through the connections you would make at ComSciCon? How would attending help or influence your ongoing projects and your future career? How would you bring the things you learned at ComSciCon back to your home institution?

Write no more than 500 characters (includes spaces).

Pre-Conference Requirements for Attendees
Attendees will be asked to complete preparatory tasks before the workshop, including developing science communication pieces to be peer- and expert-reviewed at the conference. Please look over the requirements (link below) and confirm that you will participate in all required pre-conference elements of the workshop. At present, the requirements are only approximate and based on previous years' requirements. They will be updated as the conference program is finalized.

Please confirm that if you are accepted to ComSciCon 2019, you agree to complete all required pre-conference materials. *
Application Results
Each year's ComSciCon National Workshop receives a large number of applications, and we put serious consideration into each application. We appreciate your patience in this process.

Application results will be released in the first week of April. Please add to your contacts to ensure that any emails we send are not misclassified as spam.

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