About

Graduate students in the sciences at the University of Washington receive training in cutting edge research, but rarely in how to explain their research to non-specialists. Engage is an organization of graduate students in scientific disciplines that is addressing this need.

The purposes of Engage are:

  • To assist graduate students with developing skills in communicating with the public about science
  • To provide opportunities for graduate students to present their area of research to the public
  • To promote public awareness of scientific research conducted by graduate students at UW

We teach a seminar course for graduate students during the fall or winter quarter, then present a speaker series for the public in the winter and spring.

What Others Have Written

Science students learn to tell stories The Seattle Times (Mar. 2013)

UW Science Now kicks off at Town Hall tonight UW Today News Digest (Mar. 2013)

Crafting the Story Behind the Science A&S Perspectives Newsletter (Jan. 2011 )

Designing a Practical Science Communication Curriculum The Intersection at Discover Blogs (Oct. 2010)

Engage Speaker Series: Where science meets storytelling UW Today (Mar. 2010)

The Directors

Robin McLachlan (Manager, Networking Committee)
School of Oceanography, College of the Environment

Meredith Staub (Vice-Manager, Social Media Chair)
Department of Physics, College of Arts and Science

Arjun Khakhar (Advisory Instructor, Advertising Chair)
Department of Bioengineering, College of Engineering & UW Medicine

Katie Baker (Instructor, Social Chair)
Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Medicine

Shivani Gupta
Department of Bioengineering, College of Engineering & UW Medicine

Jillian Pintye (Workshop Co-Coordinator)
School of Nursing

Julia Kelson (Treasurer, Workshop Committee)
Department of Earth and Space Sciences, College of the Environment

Shelley Chestler (Historian)
Department of Earth and Space Sciences, College of the Environment

Marshall Styczinski (Tech Manager, Social Chair)
Department of Physics, College of Arts and Science

Roxanne Carini (“Future of Engage” Director, Workshop Committee)
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering

Elisa Bonnin (Workshop Committee)
School of Oceanography, College of the Environment

Rachel Hutto (Social Media Chair, “Future of Engage” Chair)
School of Biochemistry

Molly Grear (Workshop Committee, Networking Committee)
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering

Siva Kasinathan (Workshop Committee)
Medicinal Science, School of Medicine

Jonika Hash(“Future of Engage” Chair)
School of Nursing

Madison Smith (“Future of Engage” Chair, Networking Committee)
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering

Alison Weber (Advertising Chair)
Physiology and Biophysics, School of Medicine

Ruby Byrne (Advertising Chair)
Department of Physics, College of Arts and Science

Previous Directors

Sarah Pickett
Department of Biological Structure, School of Medicine

Juliana Houghton
School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, College of the Environment

Stella Stylianidou
Department of Physics, College of Arts and Science

William Chen
Quantitative Ecology and Resource Management

Jason James
School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, College of the Environment

Max Showalter
School of Oceanography, College of the Environment

Ivan Fernando Gonzalez
Science Communicator, ScienceSalsa.com

Rachel Mitchell
School of Forest Resources, College of the Environment

Ty Robinson
Department of Astronomy, College of Arts and Sciences

Erik Budsberg
School of Environmental and Forest Resources, University of Washington

Melissa Clarkson
Division of Biomedical and Health Informatics, School of Medicine

Jonathan Cheng
Department of Bioengineering, College of Engineering / School of Medicine

Eric Hilton
University of Hawaii, Institute for Astronomy and the Department of Geology and Geophysics

Cliff Johnson
Department of Astronomy, College of Arts and Sciences

Jens von der Linden
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, College of Engineering

Phil Rosenfield
Department of Astronomy, College of Arts and Sciences

Julie Shi
Department of Bioengineering, College of Engineering / School of Medicine

Kelly Fleming
Department of Chemical Engineering, College of the Engineering

Adam Campbell
Department of Earth and Space Sciences, College of the Environment

Megan Gambs
School of Oceanography, College of the Environment

Sharon Greenblum
Department of Genome Sciences, School of Medicine

Emily Davis
School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, College of the Environment

Michelle Weirathmueller
Department of Oceanography, College of the Environment

Megan Cartwright
Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, School of Public Health

Jaki Braggin
Department of Microbiology, School of Medicine

Natalie Footen
School of Environmental and Forest Resources, College of the Environment

Megan Smith
Department of Earth and Space Sciences, College of the Environment

Jennifer McCreight
Department of Genome Sciences

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