Informal science education (ISE) is lifelong learning in science that takes place across many settings and experiences outside the formal classroom.  For many citizens, it is the major avenue to learn about science.

You are invited to a College of Science (COS) planning session from 12 to 2 PMon October 25, 2018  to determine whether COS graduate students wish to guide and participate in a new, broad ISE program. The intent is to approach ISE from a scholarly perspective and consider how to incorporate training and best practices in outreach, communications, and engagement.

The program will help to increase your knowledge and impact by expanding your network across departments, outreach specialists, marketers, science writers, and programs (OMSI, COMPASS, ORIN, Alda Center for Communicating Science, college programs . . . )  Your ISE efforts will build on your own research and contribute to the Broader Impacts of funded research projects.

If you are interested in joining the planning session, sharing your experiences, and learning more about ISE, please RSVP to by October 5th. (The decision-making and planning processes alone may interest some of you as a professional development opportunity.)

Also, feel free to contact Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, Doug Keszler at for additional information.

Proposed timeline  

Fall term objectives: 

  • Go/No-Go decision on a COS ISE Program organized by graduate students.
  • Draft white paper for presentation to and review by College Leadership Team, i.e., Department Heads, Associate Deans, & Dean.

  Winter term objectives (assuming a Go decision):

  • Establish ISE program charter
  • Develop goals, strategies, and work plan 

 Spring term and beyond:

  • Implement plan
  • Grow partner network
  • Demonstrate success