2020 Science Communication Fellowship
The Science Communication Fellowship invites formal and informal educators to participate in the Nautilus Exploration Program as expedition communicators for ocean exploration sharing the excitement of exploration and research with students and public audiences in their communities and around the world. Fellows gain exposure to and experience in the applications of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics within the field of ocean exploration and serve a key role within an authentic scientific exploration mission. During and after their experience at sea, Fellows work with Ocean Exploration Trust to engage their students, organizations, and communities in the excitement of ocean exploration and STEM.
Who Should Apply?
Educator/communicators of all levels – including public and private school K-12 teachers, community or youth service educators, non-profit, museum, aquarium, or science center interpreters, professors, writers, etc. Any discipline may apply. Note: OET programs focus on interdisciplinary ocean exploration and STEM career role modeling with target audiences across K-12 levels primarily in the United States, while expeditions are showcased with global reach. No specific training in marine science is needed, but an interest in ocean exploration and a passion for the connections in STEM are essential.
The Science Communication Fellowship is open to individuals who hold a United States or Canadian passport. Applicants must plan to live in the United States or Canada for the duration of the expedition season (June - December 2020).
Ideal candidates are:
Committed to actively sharing their experiences as a Fellow with their communities including but not limited to students, colleagues, public audiences, or local groups.
Collaborative with other educators and interested in creating year-long (and beyond) connections among the cohort.
Responsive to working with Ocean Exploration Trust’s team on local outreach programming and deliverable resource development.
Interested in being a role model for exploration and STEM for learners in their community and around the world.
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Ocean Exploration Trust encourages applications from underrepresented minority educators in STEM and those who serve schools and communities of students traditionally underrepresented in STEM. We emphasize role modeling across the array of professions on the ship and seek for a wide diversity of children to see themselves in our Corps of Exploration and as capable of following career paths in STEM.
The Science Communication Fellowship includes:
experience sailing 1-3 weeks as part of the exploration team on board an oceanographic expedition in the Eastern Pacific Ocean between June - November 2020;
participation in an expense-paid science communication training workshop at the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography in April 2020;
a one-year commitment to collaborate with the cohort of Fellows, STEM professionals, educators, and research scientists;
development of a STEM-lesson or outreach material deliverable for your education audience.