The Latham Science Engagement Initiative provides the opportunity to engage highly talented undergraduate students across science disciplines in community outreach. The program enhances research opportunities for selected undergraduate students with the goal to position students with scientific and creative ability for graduate work.
The program prepares students to communicate science in the public sphere, work in interdisciplinary settings, and demonstrate the broader impact of scientific research. Students experience the strength of interdisciplinary interactions through exposure to research in other disciplines and work with students in other science majors on group projects. In addition, they develop fluency in communicating to diverse audiences in the community.
Students selected for the program complete two courses, design and implement an outreach project, and participate in an event that highlights their achievements.
The Latham Science Engagement Initiative is administered by the Department of Biology. For additional information, contact the Latham Science Engagement Initiative Fellowship Program.
Students must apply for this program. Requirements include first-year, sophomore, or junior standing in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; a g.p.a. of at least 3.00; a minimum of one semester of undergraduate research experience; and an interest in speaking about science in a public forum.
Latham Science Engagement Initiative Courses
LATH:3000 Latham Fellows: Science Communication Skill Building 1-2 s.h.
Provide Latham Fellows with various communication skills needed to explain scientific research to varied audiences.
LATH:3001 Latham Fellows: Science Outreach Project 2 s.h.
Guidance to Latham Fellows as they implement one individual and one group project proposed the previous fall. Prerequisites: LATH:3000. Requirements: Latham Fellow standing.
LATH:4900 Science Communication and Engagement 0 s.h.
Independent science outreach and engagement project through the Latham Science Engagement Initiative. Prerequisites: LATH:3000 and LATH:3001. Requirements: admission to the Latham Science Engagement Fellows Program.