University of Utah Science Communication Resources

General Resources & Groups


The CommSHER (Communicating Science, Health, Environment, and Risk) Program focuses on how individuals, organizations, institutions and cultures communicate about the environment, science and health through language, images, and practice. They offer an interdisciplinary graduate certificate program in Health Communication, and students are also welcome to enroll in individual courses.



Natural History Museum of Utah Science Fellows

The Science Communication Fellows Program provides training to scientists and researchers to improve their science communication, especially in an informal science education setting. Fellows build their capacity for science communication by participating in five professional development workshops and three NHMU public programs.


STEM Ambassadors

The STEM Ambassador Program (STEMAP) is a research and public engagement project funded by the National Science Foundation to address the need to create and sustain bridges between science and society. STEMAP focuses on how scientists and the public can find common ground of communication to develop solutions for the problems facing the world.


Three Minute Thesis

The Three Minute Thesis program provides students with a series of training workshops to help them develop a clear, streamlined presentation of their research that is accessible for a lay audience. At the end of the workshops, students compete against each other in a fun-filled evening judged by leaders of the community.


University of Utah Science Writers

The U has a group of science writers based on both the main and health campus whose expertise is developing strategies for reporting science research on campus and beyond. They are available if you would like to promote your own work, as well as being a resource for learning about science writing. While they don’t have a formal mentoring program, they are happy to connect with graduate students and postdocs. Contact Paul Gabrielsen (main campus) or Julie Kiefer (health campus).

Bioscience Communication Resources

Animating Biology Course

3D computer animation is a powerful tool for scientific communication and artistic exploration. This course is offered periodically to students interested in using technology to animate scientific concepts in the biosciences.

Running Fall 2017 Semester
For Future Courses, Check the General Catalog or email Lien Fan Shen.


Working with BioEYES is a chance to help lead a hands-on science education program that allows K-12 children in the community the opportunity to learn about important scientific concepts. This outreach program uses zebrafish in a week-long program aimed at engaging the community and supporting scientific literacy. BioEYES is part of an international network, with programs also located at the University of Pennsylvania, the Carnegie Institution for Science in Baltimore, Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.


Genetics Science Learning Center

This amazing web-based resource covers a broad range of biological topics and has a team that is active in outreach, research, and creating award-winning educational materials.  If you have a question for them or would like to consult with them on a science communication topic, contact Sheila Homburger, their Science Content Manager.


Neuroscience Initiative

The Neuroscience Initiative is an interdisciplinary program that works to deepen our understanding of brain disease and health, and to use that knowledge to help patients. They also run outreach events, such as Brain Awareness Week, that offer a great opportunity to get involved in science communication.  Contact Sumit Bhattacharya, PhD, Program Manager for more information.


Do you have a resource or group that specializes in science communication skills at the graduate and postdoctoral level? Let us know!