The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) has a program, the OMSI Science Communication Fellowship, that I wanted to let you know about. OMSI Science Communication Fellows are researchers or science professionals including faculty, graduate students, technicians, or other individuals in science, engineering, health, or technology related positions. OMSI Fellows participate in a series of professional development workshops that cover science communication best practices and provide opportunities for participants to practice new skills and techniques. In collaboration with OMSI, each Fellow will develop a unique hands-on educational activity designed to communicate their research to public audiences and will join OMSI in engaging museum visitors with these activities at Meet a Scientist events.
Application Deadline & Workshop Schedule
Applications are due Monday, November 5th. An online application and further information about the Fellowship program can be found on OMSI’s website at and at the new OSU-OMSI Partnership webpages here:  The workshop dates for this round are:
Workshop 1: Thursday, January 24, 1-4pm (at OSU)
Workshop 2: Thursday, March 7, 1-4pm (at OSU)
Workshop 3: Thursday, April 11, 1-4pm (at OSU)
Workshop 4: Saturday, April 27, 1-5pm (held in Portland, OR at OMSI)
Tuition & Scholarship Information
Tuition for the program is $1,850 per participant. A limited number of scholarships are available for this cohort:
College of Science Tuition Scholarship
Eligibility: Professionals (including researchers, faculty, students, etc.) in the College of Science at OSU. This scholarship is possible through the generosity of OSU College of Science donors.
Scholarship Amount: $925
Securing Funding 
We invite all interested applicants to apply even if you have not yet found funding.  OSU is committed to helping as many students and faculty as possible participate in this opportunity. OMSI can assist in initiating conversations to find funding through your department, college, or advisor.  We are happy to provide information on the Fellowship, including a recent evaluation report on our program documenting the impacts on the STEM professionals participating in the OMSI Fellowship. Please reach out to Amanda Fisher, Senior Science Communication Specialist, to request support.
Broader Impacts
Many of the participants in the Fellowship program secure their tuition through broader impacts or education and outreach components of current research grants.  If you’d like help to secure funding for participation in a future cohort, please reach out to us.  We often work with researchers to incorporate the Fellowship into broader impact plans within NSF grant proposals. If you are interested in pursuing this option, or would like to invite us to facilitate an info session with your lab group or department on broader impact proposal collaborations, please get in touch with Amanda directly.  Her email is, and direct line is 503-797-4635.  We expect to run 2-3 cohorts per year (with one cohort per year at OSU) so there are many opportunities to get involved.
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