REU Science Communication Workshop Planning & Implementation Guide

NISE Network product

The REU Science Communication Workshop is designed to enhance the science communication skills of undergraduate students participating in research programs like NSF's Research Experience for Undergraduates. This Guide provides program directors with step-by-step planning and implementation advice, hand-outs, media and print materials, evaluation tools, and sample workshop leader speaking scripts. Users are invited to contact the providers hub at to join the network of university providers and to access customizable online evaluation and reporting tools. AN UPDATED VERSION OF THE GUIDE AND MATERIALS WILL BE POSTED SOON. IN THE MEANTIME, PLEASE CONTACT NANO@MOS.ORG FOR THE UPDATE.



Big Idea: 
The Research Experience for Undergraduates Science Communication Workshop (REU-SCW) is designed to: encourage students to explore the broader context of their research; guide them in developing professional science communication skills; enhance their confidence in pursuing careers in science and in speaking about science in a variety of settings.
NISE Net Content Map: 
  • Nanometer-sized things are very small, and often behave differently than larger things do.
  • Scientists and engineers have formed the interdisciplinary field of nanotechnology by investigating properties and manipulating matter at the nanoscale.
  • Nanoscience, nanotechnology, and nanoengineering lead to new knowledge and innovations that weren't possible before.
  • Nanotechnologies—and their costs, utility, risks, and benefits—are closely interconnected with society and with our values.


Development of the Guide and initial dissemination efforts for the NISE Network with funding from the National Science Foundation under Award Numbers 0532536 and 0940143. Development of the Workshop with support from NSF Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing (NSF EEC-08327785 & EEC-0425826) and the Mass Tech Collaborative; and the NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center headquartered at Harvard (NSF PHY06-46094). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this product are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.
Owning institution: 
Museum of Science, Boston

Creative Commons license image Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike

Development Process: 

NISE Network products are developed through an iterative collaborative process that includes scientific review, peer review, and visitor evaluation in accordance with an inclusive audiences approach. Products are designed to be easily edited and adapted for different audiences under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike license. To learn more, visit our Development Process page.