New Winter Quarter 2015 Class – Communicating Science to the Public Effectively (CENV 500)

Communicating Science to the Public Effectively (CENV 500)
Winter 2015
3 credits (Credit/No Credit)
Wednesdays 1:30-4:20 in Fish 203

This is a seminar, discussion-based course for graduate students in the sciences that focuses on effective techniques for sharing scientific research with non-specialists. At the end of the quarter, each student will present a 20 minute public talk on their graduate research to be delivered during the 2015 Engage: The Science Speaker Series at Town Hall Seattle.

In this course, students will:

  • Develop and practice several analogies to distill their research
  • Create a variety of concise research-promoting statements
  • Practice story-telling and audience consideration
  • Use improvisation as a public speaking tool
  • Engage in weekly readings and discussions
  • Hear from guest speakers on science communication

Space is limited to 15 students, and the course fills quickly, often with an extensive waiting list. Thus, we have an application process and an expectation agreement which must be completed for a student to be enrolled. The student application is available here and closes at 5pm on October 24th.

General information can be found at

For more information, please email Shelley Chestler via