Grad students can apply now for ComSciCon’18!

Applications are now open for the Communicating Science 2018 workshop, to be held in Boston, MA on June 14-16, 2018!

Graduate students at U.S. and Canadian institutions in all fields of science, technology, engineering, health, mathematics, and related fields are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is March 1st.

Graduate student attendees of ComSciCon’17

As for past ComSciCon national workshops, acceptance to the workshop is competitive; attendance is free and travel support and lodging will be provided to accepted applicants.

Attendees will be selected on the basis of their achievement in and capacity for leadership in science communication. Graduate students who have engaged in entrepreneurship and created opportunities for other students to practice science communication are especially encouraged to apply.

Participants will network with other leaders in science communication and build the communication skills that scientists and other technical professionals need to express complex ideas to the general public, experts in other fields, and their peers. In additional to panel discussions on topics like Science Journalism, Creative & Digital Storytelling, and Diversity and Inclusion in Science, ample time is allotted for networking with science communication experts and developing science outreach collaborations with fellow graduate students.

You can follow this link to submit an application or learn more about the workshop programs and participants. You can also follow ComSciCon on Twitter (@comscicon) and use #comscicon18 !

Our group photo at ComSciCon’17

Longtime Astrobites readers may remember that ComSciCon was founded in 2012 by Astrobites and Chembites authors. Since then, we’ve led five national workshops on leadership in science communication and established a franchising model through which graduate student alums of our program have led sixteen regional and specialized workshops on training in science communication.

We are so excited about the impact ComSciCon has had on the science communication community. You can read more about our programs, the outcomes we have documented, find vignettes about our amazing graduate student attendees, and more in ComSciCon’s 2017 annual report.

The organizers of ComSciCon’17. Can you spot the astronomers?

None of ComSciCon’s impacts would be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. These contributions make it possible for us to offer this programming free of charge to graduate students, and to support their travel to our events. In particular, we wish to thank the American Astronomical Society for being a supporter of both Particlebites and ComSciCon.

If you believe in the mission of ComSciCon, you can support our program to! Visit our webpage to learn more and donate today!

Attendees react to a challenging section of a student’s Pop Talk at ComSciCon’17
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Julia Gonski

Julia is a Ph.D. student and NSF Graduate Research Fellow in the high energy experimental group at Harvard. A New Jersey native, she graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers University, with a thesis on the search for supersymmetry at CMS. Currently, her work involves the study of micromega chambers as an upgrade to the ATLAS muon detector.

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