While we acknowledge that January 1 is not astronomically significant in any way whatsoever (we hear you, Neil deGrasse Tyson!), we also know that, for many people, the new year is a time for reflection, renewal, and goal-setting.
One of our goals at Science in Society is to help researchers develop science communication skills and share their expertise and creativity in a community-centered way. So, as you think ahead to the new year, here are 4 ideas for how scientists can learn, grow, and get involved with Science in Society in 2018!
1. Develop new teaching and mentoring skills. Become a Science Club mentor! Science Club is an afterschool, mentor-based science program for middle school youth, which brings graduate student mentors together with small groups of students to conduct fun and engaging scientific investigations. Mentoring is both a wonderful way to give back and to grow your own skills: Previous mentors report learning teaching, mentoring, leadership, and science communication skills, and two-thirds of mentors say the experience influenced their career direction.
We have a couple of openings in the new year for new mentors at each of our four Science Club locations. Programs start in mid to late January. Learn more and apply.
2. Inspire the next generations of scientists. Share your love of science with elementary school kids. Inspired by the Science Club model, Junior Science Club creates fun science learning opportunities for 3rd–5th graders in underserved schools. (Plus, undergraduates are also eligible to volunteer!) Email District 65 Partnerships Coordinator Jen Lewin at email@example.com if you’re interested in learning more.
3. Hone your science writing skills. HELIX magazine is an online magazine and training tool designed to support skills development for Northwestern's early career scientists. Browse our blog posts and consider writing one yourself! Fill out this form to get an invite to our winter quarter informational session to find out more.
4. Share your research with the public. The Northwestern Scientific Images Contest showcases the beauty of science by inviting Northwestern scientists and engineers from a variety of fields to submit their research-based images. The exhibition of winning images travels to galleries, museums, and libraries across Evanston and Chicago, where researchers have a chance to practice public communications skills with support from Science in Society staff. Start preparing your images for submission to the 2018 Scientific Images Contest this spring! View the 2017 winners.
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