Science Communication Fellowship

Portal to the Public with a scientist who has eucational boards about flight and adults and kids learning from the scientist

Are you a scientist looking to share your research with the public? Join us!

Become a Reiman Gardens Science Communication Fellow and develop a fun hands-on activity focused on your research!

Email application to Sara Merritt ( by November 30, 2019.

Who are Fellows?

Science Communication Fellows are scientists, engineers, graduate students, researchers, and other science-based professionals who have been certified through Portal to the Public as current science ambassadors and excellent communicators.

What is involved?

  • Participate in the Science Communication Course:
    • Attend ALL Professional Development Workshops: Thursday, January 9 (11-1), Thursday, January 16 (12:45-5), Thursday, February 20 (12:45-5), Thursday, April 2 (12:45-5)
  • ALL fellows are required to appear at our Showcase Events:
    • Thursday, April 9 (11-1:30), Friday, May 8 (10-12)
  • ALL fellows are required to appear at (2) other public events within one year.
    • Examples: Spirits in the Gardens, Butterfly Blizzard, Opening Weekend, etc.

What are the benefits?

  • Free Professional Development
    • Learn from Informal Science Educators how to effectively communicate your work to diverse audiences.
    • Enhance your science communication skills in a dynamic, engaging, and participatory workshop setting.
    • Work individually to develop a hands-on activity related to your current work. Ample concept development and materials support are provided by Reiman Gardens. (Individual meetings are scheduled as needed.)
  • Free Programs for the Public
    • Present your hands-on activity to general public audiences through various programs at Reiman Gardens. Visit for more information.
    • Take your activity “on the road” to schools, conferences, and other educational or professional settings.
    • Demonstrate the broader impacts of your work through multi-generational STEM education and outreach.
    • Receive professional documentation suitable for sharing with supervisors and for grant reporting.

How can I participate?

Complete and submit the application  by November 30, 2019. CLICK HERE to download an application and information sheet. Direct applications and questions to Sara Merritt at or at 515-294-1318.