Workshops & Outreach

Science Communications Fellows

Researchers can participate in the South Dakota Discovery Center’s Science Communications Fellow training program to develop and deliver hands-on science activities to the public. Fellows have been certified through Portal to the Public as current science ambassadors and excellent science communicators. The Fellowship will consist of four virtual 3-hour workshop sessions Wednesday afternoons from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Jan. 11, Jan. 25, Feb. 15, March 1 (all held virtually), and one outreach event in Pierre on Wednesday, March 22. The application period closed on Dec. 7. If you have any questions, please contact Rhea.


SD EPSCoR partners with South Dakota science centers by supporting undergraduate student interns working at the centers delivering informal science education.

  • SD Discovery Center: Internships open up for STEM educator interns, who plan and lead hands-on STEM programming for pre- and middle-school youth in central South Dakota.
  • Sanford Promise: This internship offers high school students, with an interest in biomedical sciences, the opportunity to gain experience in laboratory research at Sanford Health. Students must be entering their senior year in the fall of the upcoming academic year.
  • Sanford Underground Research Facility: The internship’s applications open in the fall. At the end of their 10-week program, interns give a presentation about their experience at the Sanford Lab.

Broader Impacts

Previous NSF-funded town halls (December 2020 and January 2021) were organized to explore creating an integrated Gateway for Education, Training, Broader Impacts and Outreach for EPSCoR jurisdictions that would provide infrastructure for researchers, educators, students, project managers, and the general public to access, create, and share information about broader impacts activities and resources. They were delivered through several virtual town halls and other meetings.