Training Scientists to Communicate Science to the Public

IOE is working with both MSU and UM to develop science communications trainings for students and faculty, as well as increase the number of opportunities to participate in public outreach activities.

Efforts have included

  • Science communications guest-lecture series (workshops)
  • Pecha Kucha for scientists and scholars (workshop series with capstone project)
  • Broader impacts clinics for scientists (one-on-one consultations)
  • Journalistic tools for scientists (graduate credit course)

The ultimate goal is to create distance learning opportunities that serve students and faculty at all Montana universities, tribal and community colleges. Using case studies, discussion, guest speakers and hands-on practice, the courses will train future researchers in communication strategies.

We will also increase the number of opportunities for IOE-affiliated students and faculty to participate in public outreach activities such as giving public talks, working at community events or museums, or running educational activities. The opportunity exists to pair STEM students with students in the creative arts (graphic design, film, journalism, animation, etc.) in order to develop materials ranging from posters to sculpture to online interactives, all of which interpret and communicate IOE's scientific concepts and research results to the public. Any course guides, materials, best practices and models that are developed through this program can be shared with NSF EPSCoR programs and universities.


MSU IoE Office

Montana State University
605 Leon Johnson Hall
Bozeman, MT 59717
(406) 994-2374
MSU Director: Bruce Maxwell

UM IoE Office

The Universityi of Montana

The University of Montana
Davidson Honors College
Missoula, MT 59812
(406) 243-6058
UM Director: Maury Valett


Montana University System

Montana University System

Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education
2500 Broadway Street
Helena, MT 59620