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ComSciCon alum's research featured in PhD Comics short

August 1, 2016

Virtually all ComSciCon participants are striving to bring their own research to a wider audience, seeking to produce impacts that reverberate far beyond the limited group of specialists in their own academic field to the broader public.  

Some ComSciCon grad students achieve this through interaction with mainstream media outlets that have large established audiences.  Others develop multimedia projects that can appeal to more than just the hyper-science literate through film or the web.  And some translate their work into accessible and engaging terms that present their science in… Read more about ComSciCon alum's research featured in PhD Comics short

ComSciCon-Triangle hosts second annual workshop

ComSciCon-Triangle hosts second annual workshop

June 6, 2016

This post was written by Kayleigh O'Keeffe, a Ph.D. student in Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an organizer of the second annual ComSciCon-Triangle event which took place in North Carolina last month. 

ComSciCon returned to the Research Triangle of North Carolina over two days in May. The workshop brought together 50 attendees from Duke University, UNC-Chapel Hill, NC State, and Wake Forest… Read more about ComSciCon-Triangle hosts second annual workshop

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ComSciCon-SciWri Alum Reflects on Path to Museum of Science

February 13, 2016

One of the most exciting outcomes of our ComSciCon workshops is the enduring impacts that they have on the professional direction and nascent careers of our graduate student attendees. We touched base with Megan Litwhiler, an alum of two ComSciCon events, this week as she settles into her new position in Research Communications at the Museum of Science in Boston.

"The ComSciCon workshops definitely solidified my decision to pursue science communication as a career. I left both workshops feeling… Read more about ComSciCon-SciWri Alum Reflects on Path to Museum of Science

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ComSciCon alumns collaborate on Bone Lab podcast

January 30, 2016

"Picture the flag on a pirate ship.  What do you see?"  This question opens the second episode of Bone Lab Radio, the new podcast co-founded by ComSciCon15 alumna Jenny Qi, a Graduate Student in Biomedical Sciences at UC San Francisco.  Like every episode of the Bone Lab, this hook thrusts the reader into a fascinating story of the life and death of organisms, the remains they leave behind, and how scientists use these remains… Read more about ComSciCon alumns collaborate on Bone Lab podcast

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BiteScis K12 initiative introduced at scientific conference

January 9, 2016

For ComSciCon-15 National Workshop attendee Molly Gasperini, a Ph.D. student in Biology at the University of Washington, thinking about teaching and learning at the most fundamental level—the universal preparatory process of K12 education—is an everyday event.  

Molly is the Outreach Coordinator for the Journal of Emerging Investigators, a graduate student-led open-access journal publishing original scholarship from middle and high school students nationwide, and her… Read more about BiteScis K12 initiative introduced at scientific conference

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ComSciCon's 2015 Annual Report

October 25, 2015

ComSciCon has issued its third annual report, documenting the organization of our 2015 flagship national workshop which took place in June, the launch of four new ComSciCon-local and specialized workshop franchises around the country, and evaluating the impacts of our programming through quantified outcomes, longitudinal reporting on several participants, and personal testimony from attendees and invited experts.

The document features a letter from our Organizing Committee; profiles of our attendees, invited experts, and alums; a thank you to our sponsors, and more.  A two page… Read more about ComSciCon's 2015 Annual Report

Early success for a journalism career ‘jump-started’ by ComSciCon

Early success for a journalism career ‘jump-started’ by ComSciCon

September 24, 2015

Just two years on from the launch of ComSciCon, some of the longitudinal impacts of our programming on the graduate students who participate in ComSciCon workshops are already emerging.  Here we check in with one ComSciCon alumna whose tremendous talent and skill for science communication, amplified by the connections and experiences she gained at ComSciCon, has catapulted her to remarkable success in the field of science journalism.

 

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ComSciCon-Chicago Debuts

ComSciCon-Chicago Debuts

September 1, 2015

By Karna Gowda,  Alicia Foxx, and Kevin Song, Organizers of ComSciCon-Chicago

During the ComSciCon 2014 national workshop, organizers and attendees discussed the idea of ComSciCon workshops back to our home institutions. Nearly forty Chicago-area students had applied for the Cambridge workshop that year, but only a few could attend. To address this substantial interest, Northwestern University students Brian Aguado and… Read more about ComSciCon-Chicago Debuts

Reflecting on ComSciCon-Cornell, a regional workshop for upstate New York

Reflecting on ComSciCon-Cornell, a regional workshop for upstate New York

July 22, 2015

The culminating session at the national ComSciCon workshop of 2014 had one goal in mind: appeal to attendees to hold a local version of the workshop back at their home institutions. This goal was necessary, given that at the time approximately 850 STEM graduate students from around the country had applied for a mere 50 slots available at the national workshop. 

This is what inspired us, two graduate student attendees from Cornell University (Kristin Hook and Robert MacDonald… Read more about Reflecting on ComSciCon-Cornell, a regional workshop for upstate New York