Science & Engineering Communication Fellowships

At The Discovery Museums, we’re dedicated to bringing scientists, engineers, and other professionals together with members of the public for interactive science, technology, engineering, and math programs. Our Science & Engineering Communication Fellowship program trains local scientists and engineers to effectively communicate to the public about their work and research. Offered in partnership with the national organization Portal to the Public, the fellowship is an ideal way to share your field of interest with the community.

Become a Science & Engineering Communication Fellow 

  • Participate in two 5-hour professional development workshops to learn effective communication strategies for public outreach and to develop a fun, engaging activity that helps non-scientists understand your work.
  • Consult with museum education professionals as you develop and test your activity and resources.
  • Share your hands-on activity and interests with children and families at a free Meet the Scientists & Engineers event at the museum!

Additional Benefits

  • Receive certification as a Science & Engineering Communication Fellow and letters of support for grants and professional outreach
  • Receive a free museum membership and invitations to special events
  • Join a national network of science and museum professionals committed to furthering the community’s understanding and appreciation of science, technology, engineering and math

Meet Our Previous Fellows

"10% of practicing engineers are women and I want to motivate young women to get involved in Engineering."
"It's exciting to see kids enjoying math!"
"It was great to get to know other science professionals interested in sharing their work with non-experts."
"The program was terrific for me, because I am interested in community engagement in STEM."
"It reminds me why I entered the field of neuroscience in the first place."

Scientists and engineers from academia and the corporate world have introduced our visitors to their work in heavy metals, brain research, algorithms, beneficial bacteria, DNA extraction, forensics, the physics of spin, and more at our public Meet the Scientists & Engineers events. Learn more about our previous Fellows and their work.

Upcoming Cohort Schedule 

We are now accepting applications for the March 2018 cohort; applications are due by February 12, 2018

The program schedule is as follows:

  • Attend two 5-hour professional development workshops at the Discovery Museum
    • Saturday, March 10 and Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 10 am to 3 pm
  • Consult with museum education professionals to develop a hands-on activity related to your work, and test your hands-on prototype with museum educators and youth volunteers
    • March through April 2018
  • Meet with the public and share your research and activities during a Free Friday Family Night!
    • Friday, May 4, 2018, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

If you cannot make these dates and would like to be notified regarding recruitment for the next cohort, please complete the application form to be contacted and to have first consideration.

About the Program

Watch this short video to hear from previous Fellows about their experience with the program. Click here to view a PDF transcript of this video.

Learn More or Apply

For more information, please email Elizabeth Leahey, Assistant Director of Learning Experiences or call 978-264-4200 ext. 110. To apply, please complete the application form.