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Communicating Scholarship to the Public

Graduate Certificate in Science Outreach

The objectives of the certificate are to teach students how to integrate research and outreach, and how to facilitate a dialogue with the public.  Coursework concentrates on increasing the ability of students to communicate science to broad audiences of different ages and different levels of education.  Practice and application of outreach will develop the “broader impacts” component of the research and will emphasize actual interaction with audiences to promote understanding and appreciation of science as well as support for scientific research.

Mizzou 3 Minute Thesis Program & Competition

Mizzou 3MT® is a research communication program intended to help grad students develop presentation and research communication skills with a non-specialist (public) audience. Participants learn how to present a compelling presentation about their dissertation or thesis research in only three minutes. At the competition, the top contestant receives a cash prize and is eligible for international competition.

Elevator Speech

An elevator speech (or elevator pitch) is a 15-30 second “sound bite” that succinctly and memorably introduces you. By preparing and practicing a basic elevator speech, you will be ready to introduce yourself to prospective mentors, collaborators, employers, advocates and funders. Student researchers should always be able to explain how society benefits from research!

The Connector

The MU Connector, formerly Broader Networks, assists researchers in the development, implementation, and evaluation of high-quality broader impacts activities. Grad students and postdocs who interested in developing a public education initiative, engaging with the community, or joining up with an existing effort are encouraged to contact the Connector staff.

Science on Wheels

Science on Wheels is a graduate student-run traveling science outreach program that targets adults living in Missouri rural communities.

Science Communication and Public Engagement

SCAPE is an interdisciplinary group of graduate students drawing participants from the medical school, engineering, environmental science, and other disciplines. During their weekly “sci-dish” meetings at RagTag Cinema, they plan events that will get grad students more actively involved with communicating science to the public.

MU Plant Research Symposium

This annual symposium is collaborative effort by graduate students from the Division of Plant Sciences, Division of Biological Sciences, and the Interdisciplinary Plant Group. The goal is to have presenters deliver their fundamental, applied, or mixed research to an audience in an easily understood manner that connects their research to problems food and agriculture face now and in the future.

Interactive Theater

Graduate students in the Department of Theatre are engaged in Mizzou Interactive Theatre, the interactive theatre troupe engages public audiences in civil discussion on social justice issues such as race, religion, and sexual orientation.

Science on Tap

Science on Tap is a monthly program where graduate students present the latest scientific developments in their field to the public at a local bar.

Saturday Morning Science

Saturday Morning Science is a series of one-hour long talks aimed at anyone who has some interest in science. However, no science background is required. Come share our enthusiasm and learn what some scientists are up to.

21st Century Corps of Discovery Lecture

This fascinating lecture series features prominent MU researchers who are at the forefront of innovation and discovery. Lecture are free and open to the public.