About

Graduate students in the sciences at the University of Washington receive training in cutting edge research, but rarely in how to explain their research to non-specialists. Engage is an organization of graduate students in scientific disciplines that is addressing this need.

The purposes of Engage are:

  • To assist graduate students with developing skills in communicating with the public about science
  • To provide opportunities for graduate students to present their area of research to the public
  • To promote public awareness of scientific research conducted by graduate students at UW

We teach a seminar course for graduate students during the fall or winter quarter, then present a speaker series for the public in the winter and spring.

What Others Have Written

Science students learn to tell stories The Seattle Times (Mar. 2013)

UW Science Now kicks off at Town Hall tonight UW Today News Digest (Mar. 2013)

Crafting the Story Behind the Science A&S Perspectives Newsletter (Jan. 2011 )

Designing a Practical Science Communication Curriculum The Intersection at Discover Blogs (Oct. 2010)

Engage Speaker Series: Where science meets storytelling UW Today (Mar. 2010)

The Directors

* Co-Creator

Erik Budsberg, Co-Venue Liason
School of Environmental and Forest Resources, University of Washington

Melissa Clarkson, Blogger, Co-Social Spokesperson
Division of Biomedical and Health Informatics, School of Medicine

Adam Campbell, Manager, Co-Social Spokesperson, Co-Scribe, Co-Media Guru
Department of Earth and Space Sciences, University of Washington

Natalie Footen, Co-Venue Liason
School of Environmental and Forest Resources, University of Washington

Ivan Fernando Gonzalez, Data Miner, Co-Historian, Co-Media Guru, Co-Social Spokesperson
Science Communicator, ScienceSalsa.com

Megan Gambs, Web Guru, Co-Fundraiser
School of Oceanography, University of Washington

Juliana Houghton, Instructor, Co-Social Spokesperson
School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, College of the Environment

Rachel Mitchell*, Ambassador
School of Forest Resources, College of the Environment

Ty Robinson, Senior Manager, Co-Scribe
Department of Astronomy, College of Arts and Sciences

Jessica Rohde, Senior Web Guru, Seminar Instructor, Co-Media Guru, Co-Social Spokesperson
Science Communication Specialist, JessicaRohde.com

Megan Smith, Co-Scribe, Co-Historian
Department of Earth and Space Sciences, University of Washington

Community Advisors

Dr. Toby Smith, Faculty Support
Sr. Lecturer, Department of Astronomy, College of Arts and Sciences

Liz Neely, Advisor
Assistant director of COMPASS; School of Aquatic and Fisheries Science, University of Washington

Previous Organizers

Jonathan Cheng, VP Presentations
Department of Bioengineering, College of Engineering / School of Medicine

Eric Hilton*, Co-director
University of Hawaii, Institute for Astronomy and the Department of Geology and Geophysics

Cliff Johnson*, Treasurer
Department of Astronomy, College of Arts and Sciences

Jens von der Linden,  Secretary
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, College of Engineering

Phil Rosenfield*, Co-director
Department of Astronomy, College of Arts and Sciences

Julie Shi, Co-director
Department of Bioengineering, College of Engineering / School of Medicine

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