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SCOPE (Science Communication Online Programme) is an introduction to effective science communication designed for STEM graduate students. This NSF-funded resource is free and created for those who don’t have access to live, in-person science communication training.

Sign up to participate in the next offering of SCOPE on the registration page.

SCOPE was created by a team of expert science communicators and educators, who each designed one of the modules within the course. The overall course was envisioned and developed by Michelle Paulsen and is hosted by Byron Stewart from Northwestern’s Research Communication Training Program (RCTP).

SCOPE was developed as part of the IDEAS (Integrated Data-Driven Discovery in Earth and Astrophysical Sciences) program. IDEAS is a National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) program at Northwestern University supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 1450006.

If your university is interested in administering this course, please contact us at
Curriculum Developers:

Sadie Witkowski – Introductory Materials and Project Coordinator
Kevin Grazier – Audience Awareness and Analysis
Mónica Feliú-Mójer – Speaking and Writing Without Jargon
Jenny Cutraro – From the Lab to the Layperson
Barbara Shwom – Taking a Rhetorical Approach
Paula Croxson – Scientific Storytelling
Janet Iwasa, Shraddha Nayak, and Grace Hsu – Communicating Visually
Carolyn Hall – Skillful Presentations and Stage Presence

The course is asynchronous with recorded videos, discussion boards, peer-feedback, and reading assignments. Each week of the program a new module opens, requiring approximately 2 hours to complete.

Participants in this course will:
  • Practice creating data visualization based on graphic design principles
  • Discuss the importance of forming a clear rhetorical argument and persuasive story in writing or speech
  • Learn to identify their audience and adapt their research story to suit that group
  • Discover how science journalism, university press office, and researchers fit different roles in science communication
  • Develop their speaking and presentation skills
  • View the complete course syllabus
  • View the course evaluation report from our external evaluators.
Upon completion of all program activities, students receive a LinkedIn badge to recognize their training and hard work.

Please send any questions to

We’d like to recognize and thank the science communication professionals who provided feedback on the course:

Kimberly McCoy (NPR Scicommers – Freelance Writer & NPR Scicommers Coordinator)
Thomas Hayden (Standford University – Journalist and Professor)
Geoff Hunt (National Academy of Sciences – Director, LabX)
JoAnna Klein (Independent – Freelance Science Journalist)
Nicole Lee (NC State University – Assistant Professor)
Joe Palca (National Public Radio – Science Correspondent)
Daniel Serrano (University of Maryland – Faculty Specialist)
Jesse Shanahan (University of California, San Diego – Graduate Student and Science Communicator)
Matt Shipman (North Carolina State University – Research Communications Lead)

Congratulations to everyone who has completed SCOPE:

Winter 2022

Mihaela Bozukova (Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing)
Sima Sharghi (University of Rochester)
Paul Volante (Pennsylvania State University)
Erin Conley (Duke University)
Emily Chan (The Ohio State University)
Jessica D. Ayers (Arizona State University)
Simone Creed (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Aistė Guobytė (University of Zurich)
Maci Arms (Tennessee Technological University)
Rose Leach Basom (Kent State University)
Peter Manza (NIH)
Lauren Granata (Northeastern University)
Oksana Savchak (Eindhoven University of Technology)
Sweta Mohan (Uppsala University)

Fall 2021

Madelyn Baker (Weill Cornell Medicine)
Linfeng (Louis) Cai (Hong Kong Baptist University)
Sri Budhi Utami (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
Padma Anathan (Hygiene-Institut des Ruhrgebiets)
Alexandra Le Reste (Stockholm University)
Josée Guénette (Université Laurentienne/Laurentian University)
Michelle Hurst (University of Chicago)

Summer 2021

Ehsan Misaghi (University of Alberta)
Avanthika Kumar (Sastra University)
Ana Alves Francisco (Albert Einstein College of Medicine)
Prateek Goyal (The University of Delhi)
Kavya Leo Vakkayil (CECAD, University of Cologne, Germany)
Ana Paola Ramos (Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance)
Abhishek Das (Center of Advanced European Studies and Research, Bonn, Germany)
Angélica Mariana Jara Servín (National Autonomous University of Mexico)
Kristel Tjandra (Stanford University)
Aixa Y. Alemán-Díaz (Copenhagen Business School)
Donna Zehner (University of Oregon)
Brooke Gates (University of Utah)
Smriti Suresh (McGill University)
Sakshi Narendra Baid (RTMNU, Nagpur)
Thomas Li (Weill Cornell Medicine/Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center)
Haley Harrington (Indiana University)
Reem El Sherif (McGill University)
Anqi Qiu (Carnegie Mellon University)
Christine O’Donnell (Arizona State University)
Antony DiBernardo (American Public University)
Netri Pajankar (McMaster University)
Lila Levinson (University of Washington)
Joslyn Richards (University of Cincinnati)

Spring 2021

Pedram Esfahani (Oregon State University)
Mandi Beavers (University of West Florida)
Melissa Gabriela Molho Medina (Thomas Jefferson University)
Tiffany Ge (Northwestern University)
Manica Agrawal (St. Xavier’s College-autonomous)
Shelby Dechow (Michigan State University)
Samantha Rincon Sabatino (University of Miami)
Deepika Venkattu (Stockholm University)
Yolanda Katsaiti (Kapodistrian University of Athens)
Ana P. de Faria (University of Toronto)
Doris Oluwafunmilayo Oke (Northwestern University)
Antony Ndolo (Machakos University & Karadeniz Technical University)
Emily Pierce (University of Maine)
Rachel Hostetler (West Virginia University)
Susy Prieto Huarcaya (Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel, Germany)
You Cheng (University of California, Irvine)
Nivedita Biswas (University of North Dakota)

Winter 2021
Luz Saavedra-Sánchez (Duke University)
Josette Deanne Misquitta (Mumbai University)
Marina Tornorsam Vance (Mahidol University)
Nezahat Ozlem Arat
Aayush Gautam (Tribhuvan University)
Snehal Kadam (Hull York Medical School, University of Hull)
Sara A. Abouelmagd (Assiut University)
Lisa Isaacman (Fisheries and Oceans Canada )

Fall 2020

Sarah Anderson (Northwestern University)
Linda Corcoran (University College Cork)
Rebecca Dang
Holly Fruehwald (Ontario Tech University)
Aditya Jha (ESPCI Paris)
Shi En Kim (University of Chicago)
Gabriella Kitch (Northwestern University)
Niba Nirmal (Duke University)
Namrata Pandit (Central University of Jharkhand)
Sajini Vadivel
Neeha Dev Arun (Carnegie Mellon University)
Deep Bandivadekar (University of Strathclyde)
Sindhu Nathan (Stanford University)
Breann Ross (Hofstra University)
Meredith Schmehl (Duke University)
Chris Wittington (East Carolina University)
Toby Le (University of Manitoba)

Summer 2020

Alexandra Ciminera (City of Hope)
Carla Golden (New York University)
Cindy Cohen (University of Cincinnati College of Medicine)
Eliza Hurst (Syracuse University)
Heather Caslin (Vanderbilt University)
Keeley Mui (Columbia University)
Lauren Gandy (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
Martina Bodner (Free University of Bolzano)
Steffanie Munguia (Florida International University)
Alberto Benito-Martin (Weill Cornell Medicine)

Spring 2020

Emily Costa (Cornell University)
Kristen Davenport (University of Utah)
Judah Evangelista (University of Utah)
Anastasia Madsen (University of Nebraska)
Shaimar González Morales (UT Health San Antonio)
Chloé Pasin (Columbia University)
Attabey Rodrígues Benítez (University of Michigan)
Karen Tang (Dalhousie University, Canada)
Vanessa Vieites (Florida International University)
Lauren Williams (University of Utah)
Sydney James (University of Nebraska)
Claudia Lopez-Lloreda (University of Pennsylvania)
Rubi Quiñones (University of Nebraska)
Priscila Guzman (Kansas State University)
Andrew Lee (Northwestern University)
Yangdongling Liu (Northwestern University)
Crystal Mendoza (Mayo Clinic)
Kyle Miller (Northwestern University)
Greisha Ortiz-Hernandez (Loma Linda University School of Medicine)
Neha Rana (University of Bergen)
Ally Reith (Northwestern University)
Danielle Duggins (Northwestern University)
Ali Ehlen (Northwestern University)
Stephanie Jara (Northwestern University)
Stacy Montgomery (Northwestern University)


Nick Young (Michigan State University)
Jimmy Kim (Northwestern University)
Lydia Horne (University of Maine)
Christina Marvin (University of Wisconsin)