Is knowledge worth much if it can’t be effectively communicated? Helping future scientists learn to communicate to broad audiences


 GK-12 is an NSF-funded program for graduate students in the science, technology, engineering and math fields that’s a win-win-win-win situation!
Win!  Amazing science that’s not communicated effectively isn’t worth much.  The goal of the GK-12 program is to provide training about and experience at communicating and collaborating with a wide variety of audiences—general public, funding organizations, policy makers, science colleagues outside their area of specialization.
Win!  Instead of paying for your education by being a TA and teaching generic intro level courses, spend time reflecting on the best ways to communicate your specific research and practice that communication by bringing your research into high school classrooms.
Win!  The program allows for a flexible schedule that a traditional TA position can’t match.  If you need to be in the field to gather data during a specific few weeks, or you need to run that instrument on a specific day and you need a large chunk of time to do it, that’s OK.  The graduate student works with the partner teacher in the high school classroom to determine what schedule is effective and beneficial for all involved.
The year-long fellowship includes pays the fellow’s tuition expenses, health care and a $30,000 stipend for the student.
Kansas State University has a thriving GK-12 program.  For more information visit www.ksu.edu/gk12
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