Portal to the Public is a national NSF-supported guiding framework designed to bring scientists and public audiences together in face-to-face interactions. The Science Communication Fellows Program uses the Portal to the Public framework to offer two professional development workshops to University of Michigan graduate students, post-docs, and faculty to help them build skills to effectively engage public audiences. With guidance from Museum program staff, Fellows develop meaningful, inquiry-based and materials-rich table-top activities that showcase their research then share these activities with the public at two or more Museum events.
Professional Development Workshops include:
- How People Learn
- Prototyping Your Activity
Fellows facilitate their activities for the general public during at least two events. Examples of these public events include Discovery Days, Scientist Spotlights and more.
- Museum Science Communication Fellow certificate, for reference in a C.V., commending commitment to science communication and public engagement.
- Consultation and assistance in writing broader impact plans to fulfill grant and other outreach requirements.
- Opportunities to network with other scientists and researchers committed to public engagement as well as with education professionals.
- Complimentary Museum membership. As a Museum member, you're entitled to: Free admission to more than 300 museums and science centers around the world, free Planetarium passes, a 20% discount in the Museum Store, invitations to members-only events and exhibition openings and more!