SciComm Support Drop-In

Via zoom. Weekly, free consultations. Open to all career stages, including faculty, staff, postdocs, and students. You can get advice, brainstorm, and find collaborators for topics including (but not limited to): Broader Impacts, communicating with journalists, connecting with school groups, designing figures & infographics, poster and slide design, public-oriented science writing, graphic design tips, and more! We're also happy to be a sounding board for your great ideas.

Scholarly Writing Practices + Scholarly Writing Techniques

These spring and fall cohort programs support graduate students in the essential mindsets and foundational techniques that establish a healthy writing practice during and beyond grad school. See details in our Grant Writing and Writing Resources section.

Weekly Newsletter Features Trainings, Events & Resources 

Stay up to date by subscribing to our weekly email featuring updates on trainings, events, opportunities, and resources. 

If you know of an event relating to science communication and public engagement (including trainings, research of scicomm, and sharing science), please let us know.




October 20, 7-8 pm @ Night Heron 
Free | Light refreshments provided

This book launch features stories of physiology, mental health, relationships to nature, and more. Local author Emily Pifer launches her book The Running Body in an event featuring two local writers: Ammon Medina, an award-winning poet and storyteller, and Bethann Garramon Merkle (WySCI Director), an essayist and award-winning blender of art and science. Join them for an evening discussing the stories we tell ourselves about the nature of human experience, the environment, and more.

October 27, 7:00 pm @ Albany Co. Public Library + on Zoom
October 28, 12:00 pm @ Berry Center auditorium + on Zoom (separate link)
Read on for details on these events. 

Details on events with author Elizabeth Weinberg

October 27 | Coffee chat & lunch opportunities

If you are a student in Creative Writing, the School of Culture, Gender & Social Justice, or the UW INBRE program, please contact your program directors/organizers for details about student events with the author. Free copies of Unsettling will be given away (via drawings) at these events!

October 27, 7:00 pm @ Albany Co. Public Library + on Zoom

Join Elizabeth Weinberg at the Albany County Public Library for a reading from her new essay collection. Unsettling: Surviving Extinction Together explores human impacts on the environment through science, popular culture, personal narrative, and landscape. Using the stories of animals, landscapes, and people who have exhibited resilience in the face of persistent colonization across the North American continent, science writer Elizabeth Weinberg explores how climate change is a direct result of white supremacy, colonialism, sexism, and heteronormativity. She weaves together science, personal essay, history, and pop culture to propose a new way of thinking about climate change--one that is rooted in queerness and antiracism. Weinberg will read from Unsettling, answer audience questions, and sign books. Books will be available for purchase at this event.

October 28, 12:00 pm @ Berry Center auditorium + on Zoom (separate link from 10/27 event)
Zoology + Physiology Department seminar series

Science writer and author Elizabeth Weinberg will discuss the vital, unavoidable role of emotions like grief in science communication. Her talk draws on her extensive experience as a science communicator for the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee and NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. Much of her science writing can be found on the Sanctuaries website.

Elizabeth Weinberg is a queer essayist, science communicator, and the author of Unsettling: Surviving Extinction Together. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Washington, and her writing has appeared in The RumpusThe ToastAmerican Wild MagazineSEVENSEAS magazine, and other publications. She lives and writes in the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Tongva and Kizh peoples (Los Angeles) with her spouse, Leslie, and their dog, Pigeon.

Weinberg's visit is co-sponsored by the UW Science Communication Initiative; School of Culture, Gender & Social Justice; Queer Studies minor; Science Initiative-Learning Actively Mentoring Program; Wyoming INBRE; Department of Zoology & Physiology; Creative Writing Program; and Albany County Public Library.


The following events were organized or co-sponsored by WySCI and its members. 

Fall 2019

SciComm Support Drop-In

Starting September 10 | Tuesdays | 1:30-3:00 PM | BioSciences, room 16

Free consultations

Open to all career stages, including faculty, staff, postdocs, and students.

The drop-in is staffed by experienced, professional science communicators from across campus and across disciplines.

Get advice, brainstorm, and find collaborators for topics including (but not limited to): Broader Impacts, communicating with journalists, connecting with school groups, designing figures & infographics, poster and slide design, public-oriented science writing, graphic design tips, annd more!

We're also happy to be a sounding board for your great ideas.

Energy, Natural Resources, and US Future Leaders: CGS Conference

Thursday, September 5 | 2:15-4:45 PM
Energy Innovation Center, 2nd-floor project room
Free; pre-registration required

Registration required for individual sessions, including WySCI sessions (see below) - contact conference organizer; space limited. Contact Rob Field, out-going CGS director (

*WySCI Sessions: Exploring Communication: mini-workshops on Science Communication about Energy. Session 1, 2:15-2:50 pm: Science Information, Misinformation, and You; session 2, 3:00-3:40 pm: The Language of Environmental Change, led by Jeffrey Lockwood, entomologist and professor of natural sciences and humanities, Department of Philosophy and the Creative Writing Program, University of Wyoming; session 3, 3:50-4:30 pm: Ethics of Science-Community Interactions. Sessions 1 and 3 led by Bethann Garramon Merkle, WySCI director and Research Scientist, Department of Zoology & Physiology, University of Wyoming.

Panel - Phenomenal Women: Finding Solidarity to STEM the Tide of Bias in Science

Friday, September 20 | 11:30-11:50 AM
College of Law Classroom

Our goal, in creating Phenomenal Women, was to develop creative solutions to issues of implicit and explicit bias. We wanted to realize a freer reality. Our group meets at least once a month and has grown organically; we are now 10 in number. Our group communicates via email where we help one another confront bias in our everyday interactions. We share poetry we have written, events we host, ideas we have and tears we shed. In this session, we plan to tell our story and to relate how being one of the Phenomenal women has changed our lives. Moderator: Rachel Watson (Director, LAMP, Science Initiative). Panel takes place during the 2019 Community Conversations: Scholarship and Research Symposium on Culture, Gender & Social Justice (September 19-20. Panel Details.

Using Art to Make Science Learning More Accessible: A Professional Development Training

Wednesday, October 9 | 1:00-3:00 PM
UWyo Art Museum
Free; pre-registration required | limited to 15
Register here. Click here to view event flyer.

This 2-hour session at the University of Wyoming Art Museum will equip participants with vocabulary, techniques, and background essential to art-science integration. Participants will learn to use 1) drawing, 2) discussion of artworks, and 3) consideration of public relationships to art and science to enhance science education experiences for students of all ages.

Facilitators: Bethann Garramon Merkle (WySCI & Dept. of Zoo/Phys.), Rachel Watson (Science Initiative & Dept. of Chemistry), and Raechel Cook (Art Museum)

Writing Workshop: The Skinned Bird with science writer Chelsea Biondolillo

Tuesday, October 15 | 1-4:00 PM
Berry Center 217
Free | session details | pre-registration required; limit to 15
Register here.

Confirmed participants will be expected to do workshop prep, including reading an essay or other excerpts from guest author Chelsea Biondolillo's work and possibly completing writing in advance of the workshop. The writing assignments will be brief (~250-500 words). Click here to view required workshop prep.

This afternoon session is an opportunity for participants to explore how a science writer approaches writing about science and sharing science through non-academic genres including poetry and essays. Participants will participate in facilitated exercises led by guest author, Chelsea Biondolillo, who was formerly a UWyo ornithology and creative writing student. Facilitator: Bethann Garramon Merkle (WySCI & Dept. of Zoo/Phys.).

Workshop Series: Applying for the NSF GRFP

Berry Center 217 | Free | Open to all science disciplines | for undergraduates, master's, and PhD students considering applying in 2019 for a GRFP fellowship

Friday, September 6 | 9-10:30 AM
Monday, September 23 | 10:00 AM-noon
Friday, October 11 | 9-11:00 AM

Please bring two printed copies of your draft statement to workshops 2 and 3. This free, three-part workshop series will orient prospective applicants to the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program, provide writing support, and connect applicants to recent fellowship winners at UWyo. The series also introduces a new GRFP Resource Guide developed by the workshop facilitators. GRFP applicants are encouraged to participate in the full workshop series. Details.

Facilitators: Emily Gelzer (master's student and honorable-mention winner, NSF GRFP 2018) and Bethann Garramon Merkle (Director, WySCI | Research Scientist, Wyoming Migration Initiative, Dept. of Zoology & Physiology). Co-sponsored by the Wyoming Migration Initiative

(re)Evolution workshop: Art, Taxidermy & Conservation

Tuesday, October 1 | 1-3:00 PM
University of Wyoming Art Museum
Free | pre-registration required | limited to 15
Register here. Click here to view event flyer.

This two-hour session at the University of Wyoming Art Museum is an opportunity for participants to experience how artists approach questions of species identification, conservation, and more -- all through the lens of artwork based in taxidermy traditions.

Guest artists: Enrique Gomez de Molina and Troy Abbott, whose work will be on display at the Art Museum this fall, through an exhibit entitled (re)Evolution. Facilitators: Bethann Garramon Merkle (Director, WySCI | Biodiversity Institute & WMI/Dept. of Zoo/Phys.) and Raechel Cook (Curator of Academic Engagement, Art Museum)

Sharing Science: A Training Series with Dr. Virginia Schutte:

Thursday, October 10 & Friday, October 11 | Click to view event flyer.

You are invited to join Dr. Virginia Schutte in a free, two-day series of trainings and discussions about how to effectively share science through social media, careers in science communication, and more! No registration required.

Events & Trainings in the series (see calendar above for details & locations):

-WiMSE Cuppa: Coffee/Tea Break | 10/10 | 8-9 AM | New Engineering building, lobby
-WiMSE Lunch | 10/10 | 11:30 AM-12:30 PM | AG 4040
-Workshop: You Science Narrative on Social Media |10/10 | 1-2:30 PM | Berry 217 | Great for labs and other units on -campus looking to develop or enhance social media presence. Also good for individuals interested in sharing science on social media. Watch on Zoom.
-NSF GRFP Workshop # 3: Pitching Your Science and Refining Your Research Statement | 10/11 | 9-11 AM | Berry 217
-Seminar: How Science Communication Can Advance Your Career in Science | 10/11 | Noon-1 PM | Berry Auditorium | Watch via WyoCast
-30-minute meetings - Thursday and Friday; openings throughout the day.

Dr. Virginia Schutte is an award-winning science communicator who has both a PhD and 5+ years of broad science media experience. She has worked with  to deliver training workshops; she developed social media expertise as the media department for a marine science lab; and her photography, videography, and website-building skills have been used by scientific institutions on 2 continents. Dr. Schutte is unstoppably and loudly enthusiastic about how science makes life better. Series sponsored by: UWyo Science Communication Initiative, UW Top-Tier Science Initiative, Dept. of Zoology & Physiology, INBRE, WiMSE, Wyoming Migration Initiative, and Biodiversity Institute. For details and/or to request a meeting with Dr. Schutte, please contact Bethann Garramon Merkle (

Writing Workshop: The Scientist's Guide to Writing with author, Dr. Stephen B. Heard

Tuesday, November 5 | 1:00-2:30 PM
ROOM CHANGE: Aven Nelson 212
Free | session details |pre-registration required
Register here.

Join via Zoom.

This afternoon session is an opportunity for participants to discuss writing about science in multiple genres, getting away with jokes and puns in scientific writing, storytelling in academic manuscripts, and more -- all with the guy who literally wrote a book on it. Confirmed participants will be expected to do workshop prep, including reading an essay or other excerpts from guest author Stephen Heard's work and preparing 1-3 discussion points/questions. Facilitator: Bethann Garramon Merkle (Director, WySCI | Biodiversity Institute & WMI/Dept. of Zoo/Phys.)

Spring 2019


Telling the Story of Your Science: Brief Talk & Discussion with Dr. Kika Tuff of Impact Media Lab

Zoology & Physiology Brown Bag seminar
Monday, May 13 | noon | Berry Center Auditorium

Dr. Kika Tuff, founder and creative designer of Impact Media Lab, will give a brief talk and then lead a discussion about how story and science come together. She will focus on how science is what drives the data, and how to build a story into writing a paper, giving a talk, sharing science with colleagues and beyond. Join us for pizza and a workshop/conversation about how to tell better stories about your work.

Dr. Tuff earned her PhD in ecology in 2016 from the University of Colorado at Boulder. At Impact Media Lab, Kika helps scientists and science organizations find the compelling stories in their research and develops media campaigns to share those stories with the world. As she points out, "Better storytelling helps scientists have more successful careers (write better papers, build better grant proposals, get noticed for new opportunities). It turns out that better storytelling is better for your science, your career, and our society."

Co-sponsored by Impact Media Lab, the University of Wyoming Science Communication Initiative, and the Department of Zoology & Physiology.

Science "Story Time" at the Library

Thursday, February 28, 5:30-7:30 PM at Albany County Public Library | Laramie, WY (map)

Last year, talks featured botany, biology, microbiology, censorship in Spain, and astronomy. This year will again feature a wide range of topics, with these short (less than 7 minutes each) talks tailored to a broad audience. Free and open to the public. Hosted by the UWyo Graduate Student Network and WySCI.

Sharing Science: A Panel on the Social and Ethical Implications of the Science-Policy Interface

April 11 | 1:30-2:30 PM | UW Union Ballroom | Free | Hosted by WySCI as part of the 2019 Shepard Symposium on Social Justice (April 10-13)

Panelists discuss how scientists have subject-matter expertise crucial to the intersection of social justice and environmental issues and inclusion and equity in STEM. But, often, scientists aren’t trained to appropriately engage with equity issues, and scientific knowledge isn’t appropriately incorporated into society. Panelists will share their experiences and recommend ways of rectifying this disconnect.

Panelists are:

  • Judith Antell, retired director of the UWyo High Plains American Indian Research Institute and founding director of the UWyo Native American Studies Program;

  • Saeideh Esmaeili, a PhD student studying onagers, an endangered ungulate in Iran;

  • Jimena Golcher-Benavides, a PhD student studying fish in Lake Tanganyika, East Africa;

  • Christine Porter, Wyoming Excellence Chair in Community and Public Health;

  • Moderator: Bethann Garramon Merkle, WySCI director.

Fall 2018

Responsible Conduct of Research Workshop

FREE | October 15, 2018 | 10 AM - noon | BP Collaboration Center in the Energy Innovation Center (map, flyer) | Details/RSVP: 766-3621,

NOT a WySCI event, but we heartily recommend it. The workshop is open to UW faculty and staff members, students and postdoctoral researchers. Attendees can join any or all of the sessions. The workshop schedule is as follows:

10-10:30 a.m. -- “Best Practices for Data Management.”
10:30-11 a.m. -- “Responsible Authorship.”
11-11:30 a.m. -- “Avoiding Research Misconduct.”
11:30 a.m.-noon -- “Science Communication.”

SciComm Support Drop-In

Effective 9/10/2018 | Mondays and Thursdays | 12-1 PM | 425 Wyo Hall (EPSCoR conference room). FREE CONSULTATIONS open to all, including faculty, staff, and students.

The drop-in is staffed by experienced, professional science communicators from across campus and across disciplines.

You can get advice, brainstorm, and find collaborators for topics including (but not limited to): Broader Impacts, communicating with journalists, connecting with school groups, designing figures & infographics, poster and slide design, public-oriented science writing, graphic design tips, annd more!

We're also happy to be a sounding board for your great ideas.

STEM Speed Mentoring

FREE | October 25, 2018

Open to undergraduates

The event is geared towards undergraduate students with the goal of connecting students with STEM professionals who can give insights into careers in STEM, what types of skills/education you might need, what advice you would give to your younger self, etc.

Begin with snacks and a quick introduction, followed by a one hour speed mentoring session.  Over the course of one hour, small student groups will engage in 5 speed mentoring sessions (~10 minutes each) – rotating between mentors. 

The speed mentoring sessions will be followed by a dinner and keynote talk (possibly Governor Mead!). Contact or for registration details or to volunteer as a mentor.

Event sponsored and organized by the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program, in conjunction with the Science Initiative, the Wyoming-NASA Space Grant Consortium, the College of Engineering and Applied Science's K-14 Outreach Program, and WySCI.

Sharing Your Science: A Panel on the Professional Implications of Engaging with Policymakers

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018 | noon-1 pm | Coe Library, room 506 or connect via Zoom

Free | Light refreshments provided by the Science Initiative.

This panel is an opportunity to ask questions and have a discussion with several UWyo representatives and employees. Topics include the professional implications of engaging with policy makers, sharing your expertise in policy settings, what is allowed as a State of Wyoming employee, and more. Panelists: Shannon Pipes (UWyo Office of the General Counsel); Carolyn Broccardo (Director, Research Integrity & Compliance, Office of Research & Economic Development); Meredith Asay (Interim Director, Office of Government Relations); Nicole Korfanta (Director, Ruckelshaus Institute); Donal O'Toole (Chair, Faculty Senate; Dept. of Veterinary Sciences). Moderator: Bethann Garramon Merkle (WySCI; Wyoming Migration Initiative, Dept. of Zoology & Physiology) Event co-sponsors: Wyoming Science Communication Initiative; Science Initiative; Research Integrity & Compliance-Office of Research & Economic Development.

Photo 101: Tips for Photographing Lab-based Research

FREE | Monday, Nov. 12, 2018 | noon-1 pm | Ag 30

This one-hour workshop will introduce you to tips and techniques you can use to photograph your lab-based research, including yourself and your research team, your research methods and setting, and more. Topics will include getting the most out of your phone, cheap-to-free lighting fixes, developing a shot list, and using photos on social media. You are welcome to bring whatever photography equipment you are most likely to use again/for the purposes of photographing your lab-based research. This workshop is led by David Keto of UW Extension, along with Teddi Freedman (College of Engineering) and Bethann Garramon Merkle (Wyoming Migration Initiative, WySCI). Lunch will be provided by the College of Engineering's K-14 Project. Register here - limited to 25 participants. Contact with questions. 

Resume Roundtable

FREE | Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018 | noon-1 pm | Union Family Room

Women in Math, Science and Engineering (WiMSE) hosts their last WiMSE lunch of the semester. At this Resume Roundtable, you'll receive a presentation on the difference between a resume and a CV. Then, you'll break out into small groups, and several experts in resume and CV writing, as well as writing cover letters, will be available to assist you.

Please bring a resume, CV, or cover letter if you would like advice on how to improve your materials. We will also talk about how to develop a resume, CV, or cover letter if you are just starting out.

Event is hosted by (and lunch provided by) the McNair Scholars Program. 

Paid Science Journalism Fellowships in Wyoming

Summer 2019 | Applications due December 1, 2018

Internship: Accepted interns will work 12 weeks in the summer of 2019, likely between 20 and 32 hours a week (possibility to work 40 hours a week under special circumstances). Internship director, Dr. Kristen Landreville, will work with accepted interns to identify a specific Wyoming media outlet for the full internship period. Compensation: $12.50 per hour, plus travel stipend ($225-$360).

Qualifications: Selected interns should be familiar with reporting, newswriting, and AP Style.We prefer applicants who have experience with newswriting, reporting, and editing, and applicants who have taken the Media, Science, and Society class (COJO 4230).

Apply: email the following to Dr. Kristen Landreville at by Sat. Dec. 1, 2018: 1) a resume, 2) completed application form, and 3) a cover letter that includes an explanation about why you’re interested in the science journalism internship. If you have any questions, please email internship director, Dr. Kristen Landreville at; Communications and Journalism Department.

Q&A with 4 AAAS Mass Media Fellows re applying for and doing a AAAS Mass Media Fellowship

FREE* | Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 | 11 am-noon | Berry Center-room 227 or join via Zoom

This moderated Q&A will feature four past AAAS Mass Media fellows: Amanda Grennell, Joan Meiners, Katherine Wu, and Yen Duong. They will not be presenting; rather, they will respond to your questions about applying for and doing a AAAS Mass Media fellowship. This session will be held via Zoom and in-person at the University of Wyoming. This is not a AAAS-organized session.

*Participation is free, but it is expected that you will have reviewed the AAAS Mass Media Fellowship application materials and will come with questions for the fellows.



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