As the population becomes increasingly connected online, there is a growing need for effective science communication on social media platforms (referred to here as #SciComm). We deployed a survey to all FHSU undergraduate and graduate science students to gauge their experiences with #SciComm. Questions included what training students already receive on communicating science to non-scientists and which classes incorporate building these skills. Our survey found that most students have not received any formal training in online science communication. However, many students reported that they wanted more hands-on #SciComm training. Results were used to develop and implement a workshop for FHSU students to provide a primer on #SciComm during the Spring 2023 semester. Ultimately, we hope to encourage more classroom- and workshop-based activities to better prepare the next generation of scientists for science communication in a digital world.
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Link, Kale; O'Dell, Kaiden; Wilson, Laura; and Moore, Todd
"Assessing and Improving Science Student #SciComm Skills,"
SACAD: John Heinrichs Scholarly and Creative Activity Days: Vol. 2023, Article 7.
Available at: https://scholars.fhsu.edu/sacad/vol2023/iss2023/7