The Science ATL Communication Fellowship is designed to help close the communication gap between scientists and the public. Current graduate students and post-docs in the STEM fields are invited to apply for this year-long program where they will learn to communicate both their general science knowledge and unique research with the public more effectively.

2018 Fellows

Congratulations to the following graduate students and post-docs for being selected to participate in the first Science ATL Communication Fellowship Program.

  • Owen Beck (Georgia Institute of Technology, physiology/robotics)
  • Brianna Galbreath (Georgia State University, environmental microbiology)
  • Amin Ghane (Georgia State University, neuroscience)
  • Brielle James (Georgia State University, cognitive sciences)
  • Laura Mast (Georgia Institute of Technology, environmental engineering)
  • Donna McDermott (Emory University, animal behavior)
  • Helen Siaw (Emory University, chemistry)
  • Elizabeth Spiers (Georgia Institute of Technology, earth & atmospheric sciences)

About the fellowship

As participants in this program, Fellows will:

  • Join other trainees from different STEM fields to learn new communication strategies and practice using them in a neutral and non-threatening environment
  • Learn different techniques for effective communication with a range of audiences
  • Gain practical skills in science communication by interviewing Atlanta Science Festival partners about their science and participating in the development and execution of public engagement activities

From August to February, the cohort of Fellows will meet as a group with Science ATL staff for a monthly two-hour lunch session in which they will explore topics in science communication. Topics will include using narrative techniques in science communication, directing language for different audiences, developing demonstrations and public programs related to the fellow’s field of study, and data visualization.

The fellows will have five months to complete one public engagement activity which will be developed in consultation with a Science ATL mentor and may include: a talk at Atlanta Science Tavern, participation in ASF’s Imagining the Future program, a booth at the ASF Exploration Expo, development of a science story, program for ASF or a pop-up for Science ATL.

A stipend of $600 will be offered to each student. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory. Sessions will take place from 12-2pm on a Thursday or Friday: Aug 16, Sept 14, Oct 12, Nov 16, Dec 14, Jan 10, and Feb 8.

Sponsorship provided, in part, through the NIH funded Atlanta BEST Program.