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UW Science Communication Certification


The Science Communication Certification was launched at the University of Wyoming in Fall 2021. It enables you to (a) receive credentials for scicomm training experiences and (b) join the UW/Wyoming community of scicomm trainers and practitioners. 

Thanks to Dr. Michelle Mason, WySCI Director Bethann Garramon Merkle, and the WySCI board, along with our partners at the Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning for their intensive and robust work to get this certification rolling.

Join the certification program now!

This free program can be accessed through UW's WyoLearn platform which enables UW affiliates and the public to enroll in and complete the certification program. Enroll here today!

Join the UW SciComm Slack community

Click here to join the UW SciComm Slack community. Note that this is a moderated community and moderators are authorized to delete and mute posts as well as remove bad apples from the community. We assume you're joining to engage in generative ways in a community environment predicated on an abundance mindset (vs. scarcity-driven competition for ideas, resources, etc.). When you join the slack community, you will be prompted to post an introduction in the introductions channel within one week. Failure to do so will result in removal from the platform.

Certification details

The following information is also provided on the certification enrollment page here.

This self-directed certification and badge program enables participants to complete a core certification in the best practices and science of science communication. Additional badge levels can be obtained by participants as they specialize in emphasis areas such as Sharing Science on Social Media, Designing and Implementing Outreach Programs, Assessing Science Communication Efforts, Science and the Media, and Art-Science Integration, Teaching as Science Communication, the Science of Science Communication, and more.

Participants interested in completing the entire Science Communication (SciComm) certification must complete the Program Core (25 pts) plus an additional 75 points in at least three areas of their choosing (i.e. badges). All participants must watch an information video about each area and complete a required initial activity before beginning additional activities in each area.

SciComm Certification: Core (18 pts + 7 pts) + 3 bronze badges (25 pts+ per badge) or equivalent points = 100 pts
Participants have up to three years to complete the SciComm Certification. 

The nitty-gritty

Badges (aka certification levels)

Badges can also be earned within individual concentrations without completing the entire SciComm Certification, however, no badges will be issued without completion of the SciComm Program Core.

Bronze Badge = 25 pts

Silver Badge = 50 pts

Gold Badge = 75 pts

Platinum Badge = 100 pts

Points (or how to actually earn the badges and complete the certification)

Points are earned by completing required and optional activities associated with various trainings in the certification modules and/or by completing appropriate activities and reflections associated with optional, self-directed aspects of the certification structure. Participants will submit reflections and other types of work through WyoLearn, a publicly accessible system (no UWyo account required) which is otherwise nearly identical to WyoCourses in operation.

1 point is approximately 1 hour of time.

Retroactive points will be awarded for trainings and activities you have conducted in the past year, with a credit for work prior to that available by petition, on a case-by-case basis.

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WY Science Communication Initiative

Dept of Zoology & Physiology (3166)

Bethann Garramon Merkle, Director

1000 E University Ave

Laramie, WY 82071


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