Public Engagement with Science Graduate Course

In Spring Semester 2020, Dr. Angela Potochnik and Dr. Melissa Jacquart piloted a course on public engagement with science to an interdisciplinary group of PhD and Masters students at the University of Cincinnati.

Students take part in Cincinnati Museum Center‘s Sharing Science Workshop and Practicum, practicing engaging museum-goers with science kits (see here: link)

The students, who came from graduate programs in anthropology, biology, geology, philosophy, professional writing, and sociology, worked in interdisciplinary teams on projects with local partner organizations. The resulting projects included:

Earlier in the course, students practiced their hands at discourse with a broad audience by developing and videoing a short description of their research. See here for an example video, refined after class feedback (link).

The course also delved into topics like the science of science communication, pedagogical theory, and the role that philosophy can play in public engagement endeavors, including panels of visiting experts on community partnerships (link) and social media and science communication (link).

See here for the full syllabus for the course: