Interested in getting ahead in your scientific career? Interested in engaging the wider world with your research? Better communication is the key for both and SciFund Challenge has the classes that can help you to achieve your goals.
SciFund Challenge is the communications department that you’ve always needed. We provide the training to empower your professional and outreach development in two ways:
Nice things people have said about SciFund Challenge training
SciFund has connected me with a network of scientists and educators dedicated to improving scientific communication and transparency. The skills I've learned from my peers have been essential for effectively sharing my work with others, including the citizens from around the world who have donated to help crowdfund my science.
Through participating in the SciFund Challenge I was able to fund the field work for a chapter of my dissertation and share my research with my friends, family and community in a way that they could understand and appreciate.
The poster designing workshop with Anthony was just what we were looking for: an informative, engaging, interactive workshop that was applicable across disciplines. The discussion was great and all participants benefitted greatly from the session!
The biggest benefit of participating (besides meeting amazing people and seeing their very cool work, both in terms of science and outreach, and building a network of like-minded people) was that somehow I felt it "gave me permission" to do outreach the way I had always wanted to, but didn't think I could afford while still being serious about my "real" work.
The format of the class was perfect for long distance learning and all of the participants were excited about and engaged with the material. It really had a lot of us thinking about things that we normally wouldn't have when presenting our posters. I would recommend this course to anyone thinking about poster presentation.
I've really been able to use the techniques I've learned in my everyday career as well as my personal blog. The following year, I was invited back to be an instructor and help share my experiences and pass on what I had learned. Thanks SciFund!
What makes our classes different? Although we offer online-based classes, they are very different than most online courses, which tend to be solitary experiences for students. SciFund classes are based on the philosophy that learning happens most effectively when students truly engage with each other and with the instructors. To facilitate this engagement, our classes are structured a very particular way. Our classes are three to five weeks in length and every week of each class has a three-part structure:
- do something by yourself,
- collaborate with others in the class,
- talk about the week’s exercise via 1-hour moderated TA sessions (through video conferencing). Our classes are designed to be time flexible, so TA sessions are always held at several times each week.
Guided Class Schedule
Our Facebook for Scientists class will be running in the first quarter of 2020. Sign up for our mailing list here to get class updates!
Looking for something else?
SciFund Challenge is always looking to partner up with other science-based organizations. We teach a wide range of communication-related skills to scientists and, if you'd like to chat about fine-tuning our content to meet your organization's needs, give us a shout!