Programs

ComSciCon organizes two types of workshops for graduate students:

ComSciCon national workshops

Rob Lue at ComSciCon13

These annual summer workshops, held in Cambridge, MA, are open to graduate students nationwide, and are free to attend for accepted applicants.  Our goal is to empower future leaders in technical communication to share the results from research in their field to broad and diverse audiences, not just practitioners in their fields.   For more information about ComSciCon national workshops, read about our inaugural 2013 event.

Applications for the workshops are open to graduate students from all fields of science and engineering who are interested in becoming leaders in effectively communicate their research to both scientific and non-scientific audiences.  The most recent national ComSciCon workshops were held in June 2014 and June 2015, and workshops for 2016 and 2017 have already been announced.

ComSciCon-local workshops

ComSciCon endeavours to offer local workshops for specific graduate student communities at individual universities or regions.  Like the summer workshops, attendees learn and practice valuable skills for communicating their research and scholarship in their field to broad and diverse audiences, while interacting with leaders in technical communication from their local region.

The first ComSciCon-local workshop was held in Cambridge, MA in January 2014.  ComSciCon-local workshops in other regions are organized by alumni of ComSciCon national workshops. 

In 2015, local workshops were held at Cornell, the North Carolina research triangleChicago, and our ComSciCon-SciWri15 program took place in coordination with ScienceWriters2015.

For 2016, local workshops took place in New York (ComSciCon-Cornell 2016), Chicago (ComSciCon-Chicago 2016), the Research Triangle (ComSciCon-Triangle 2016), and, for the first time, in Southern California (ComSciCon-San Diego 2016).

This year, in 2017, recurring workshops have already been announced in New York (ComSciCon-Cornell 2017) and the Research Triangle (ComSciCon-Triangle 2017), and brand new workshops have been announced for the Pacific Northwest (ComSciCon-PNW 2017) and Houston (ComSciCon-Houston 2017).  We will announce additional workshop opportunities here in the coming months!

Panel discussion at ComSciCon'13

BiteScis K12 Program

BiteScis has a dual mission to increase the interaction between the broad base of practicing researchers in science—graduate students—and the K12 classroom.  Founded by ComSciCon organizers and advised by a board of experts in education from across the contry, the BiteScis program will create a new web resource focused on making the methods and modern practice of scientific research accessible to the next generation of scientists.