In January 2009, the U.S. National Research Council released a report about informal science education (ISE), Learning Science in Informal Environments: Places, People, and Pursuits. In releasing the report, the NRC noted
"Tens of millions of Americans, young and old, choose to learn about science in informal ways - by visiting museums and aquariums, attending after-school programs, pursuing personal hobbies, and watching TV documentaries, for example. There is abundant evidence that these programs and settings, and even everyday experiences such as a walk in the park, contribute to people's knowledge and interest in science."
The CSMC interacts with the broader community informally in a variety of ways in order to pique interest in science and create positive attitudes towards science. These include outreach, education, and broadening participation (explore these elements in the links below).
We also strive to prepare our graduate students for a professional future in the sciences through the following elements:
The CSMC holds scientific writing workshops to help graduate students hone their technical writing skills in preparation for writing manuscripts and scientific journal articles.
Professional Development Workshops
Throughout the year, the Center sponsors and participates in professional development workshops focused on project management, mentoring, ethics, writing, teamwork, presentations, interviews, and entrepreneurship.