Harvard/MIT/UCSB NSEC PHY–06–46094
Museum of Science, Boston - Carol Lynn Alpert & Larry Bell
New Student Internship Program
In 2007, with the full support of Robert Westervelt, the Museum of Science pioneered a new program that brought NSEC graduate students from the NSEC into the museum for an intensive one-week informal science communication training internship. This practicum culminated in the development of live public presentations given by the students. Here NSEC student Tina Shih (at right) speaks with a group of visitors after the conclusion of her presentation. The internship program is intended to help early career researchers appreciate the importance of engaging public audiences in current research, and to help them develop skills in this area. The training can also help students communicate to fellow researchers across disciplines, a necessity in nanoscale science and engineering.