Science & Engineering Communication Fellowships

At the Discovery Museum, 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.

Current Cohort

Applications for our Spring 2020 cohort are now being accepted! 

The program schedule is as follows:

  • Attend two 5-hour professional development workshops at the Discovery Museum
    • Saturday, March 14 and Saturday, March 28 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
    • End of March through April
  • Meet with the public and share your research and activity during a Meet the Scientists & Engineers event during our Free Friday Night!
    • Friday, May 1, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm​

Upcoming Cohorts

If you cannot commit to the current cohort dates and would like to be notified regarding recruitment for an upcoming cohort, please fill out our  general 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, Director of STEAM Education, or call 978-264-4200 ext. 110. To apply, please complete the Spring 2020 application and submit by February 23rd--deadline extended!