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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
As the 50 graduate students from around the country who were selected for the ComSciCon15 national workshop prepare to descend on Cambridge, MA, the full program for the workshop has been published online.
The full schedule of events listed in the program is also available as an