Northern Kentucky University’s Center for Integrative Natural Science and Mathematics (NKU-CINSAM) and Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) are collaborating on a new fellowship to help the public engage with NKU scholars and scholarly work. This program will bring together CMC educators with NKU faculty and students across all disciplines, building on a research-based curriculum to strengthen Fellows’ public communication and engagement skills. With the training and support of the program, Fellows will be asked to make connections across STEM and non-STEM disciplines to help the public understand the interconnectedness of the various branches of knowledge as related to our lives and environments.
Participation in this program will help Fellows improve their engagement with the public, create broader impacts strategies for federal grant proposals (NSF, NEA, NEH), and hone pitches to funders, colleagues, and other audiences. Activities may also support goals related to community engagement, transdisciplinarity, and innovation. Up to 10 concurrent Fellowships for faculty and students are available.
This fellowship includes a practicum component, where Communicating Curiosity (C2) Fellows share the activities they develop with K-12 students and/or the public. In their training, CMC will share options for practicum activities, including but not limited to:
Enhance your public communication skills in a dynamic, engaging, and participatory workshop setting.
Develop a hands-on educational activity that you can use in multiple educational settings beyond CINSAM and CMC.
Receive letters of acknowledgement and documentation suitable for sharing with supervisors or using for RPT and grant reporting.
Receive consultation and assistance in designing and writing broader impact plans to fulfill grant and other outreach requirements.
Network with scholars and museum professionals invested in communication of scholarly work and public engagement.
Get compensated for your efforts with $500 in professional development funds for faculty/staff, or $250 stipend + $250 book scholarship for students.