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Publication : PLoS biology

Science Educational Outreach Programs That Benefit Students and Scientists

Scientific Fields
Diseases
Organisms
Applications
Technique

Published in PLoS biology - 04 Feb 2016

Clark G, Russell J, Enyeart P, Gracia B, Wessel A, Jarmoskaite I, Polioudakis D, Stuart Y, Gonzalez T, MacKrell A, Rodenbusch S, Stovall GM, Beckham JT, Montgomery M, Tasneem T, Jones J, Simmons S, Roux S

Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 26844991

PLoS Biol. 2016 Feb;14(2):e1002368

Both scientists and the public would benefit from improved communication of basic scientific research and from integrating scientists into education outreach, but opportunities to support these efforts are limited. We have developed two low-cost programs–“Present Your PhD Thesis to a 12-Year-Old” and “Shadow a Scientist”–that combine training in science communication with outreach to area middle schools. We assessed the outcomes of these programs and found a 2-fold benefit: scientists improve their communication skills by explaining basic science research to a general audience, and students’ enthusiasm for science and their scientific knowledge are increased. Here we present details about both programs, along with our assessment of them, and discuss the feasibility of exporting these programs to other universities.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26844991