Science Communication Fellowship

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, 2018.

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 (3) Professional Development Workshops: Thursday, January 17, Thursday, February 21, and Thursday, March 14 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
  • ALL fellows are required to appear at our Showcase:
    • Saturday & Sunday, April 27 & 28, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 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, 2018. CLICK HERE to download an application and information sheet. Direct applications and questions to Sara Merritt at or at 515-294-1318.