Become a Research Ambassador
Are you interested in presenting your research to new audiences? Contact us and we’ll help you connect to people and organizations in your local community.
Why get involved?
Scientists are challenged not only to effectively synthesize their work, but also to communicate their work beyond fellow academics, and to policy makers and scientifically unaware public audiences. This NSF-funded program offers the support needed to reach broader audiences.
As a Research Ambassador, we will tailor our assistance to fit your needs and area of expertise. We may help you advance skills for communicating with casual audiences. We may help identify potential audiences – truck drivers, airline pilots, elderly home residents, etc. – in your community, and assist you in making those connections. Perhaps the greatest benefit is that we can provide our expertise in communication, ecology, and environmental science to brainstorm audiences, techniques, and strategies.
It can be quite difficult to reach outside the labs and lecture halls we are accustomed to; we encourage you to contact us, whether you just need help brainstorming, or are completely unsure where to start!
How? – Fellowship Opportunity!
We are currently recruiting for Research Ambassador Fellows. The Program will provide funds for travel and per diem at the Research Ambassador headquarters in Olympia, Washington. During this time, staff will offer communication training, mentoring, and multiple outreach opportunities, including speaking engagements (depending on individual preferences) in state prisons, places of worship, and elderly care homes. This provides a unique opportunity for us to network with scientists, use our extensive network of local contacts, and help build your portfolio and confidence in public outreach.
Here is our announcement, which contains more information. If you’re interested, contact us with a copy of your CV and this basic application.