For UA Faculty

UA Science Connections promotes outreach efforts among campus researchers and the larger community. Researchers can find existing programs, facilities and networks to plug into to enhance the broader impacts of their research grants by effectively using existing infrastructure. Local teachers and informal science groups can find connections to research-based learning and collaborations for their classrooms and programs.

Expertise
We are experienced outreach professionals who know how to communicate science to a variety of audiences.  In addition to engaging the general public, we possess the knowledge, experience, and skill-sets to target more specific audiences such as underserved, underrepresented, and female K-12 students.
    
Outreach Venues
Our staff members are based at and operate UA Science:  Flandrau, Biosphere 2, UA Science Mt Lemmon SkyCenter, Tumamoc Hill, Laboratory for Tree-Ring Research, and the Steward Observatory Mirror Laboratory.  Together, these venues serve more than 160,000 people annually.  For more information, please open the UA Science Venues tab at the top of this page.
    
Exhibits and Multimedia
In addition to expertise in exhibit and hardscape design, standards-based lesson plan creation and other informal science education and outreach products, our team possesses the full range of multimedia capabilities including film, still photography, sound design, web page design, and social media expertise.  This wide-ranging experience allows us to fully engage the community with UA Science.

UA Science Connections provides a menu of opportunities for researchers: any researcher working on a grant proposal can plug into this group to get help to develop an education and public outreach (E/PO) plan for the grant proposal, to implement an E/PO component tied to the research of the project, and to amplify the impact of the project’s E/PO particularly in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Contact us today!  Shipherd Reed, Matthew Adamson, Jennifer Fields

Education and Public Outreach Resources
National Science Foundation Informal Science Education (ISE) Grants
Tucson Teacher Circles for Teachers of Mathematics
Center for Recruitment and Retention of Mathematics Teachers (CRR)

Science Literacy Principles
Climate Literacy Principles (NOAA)
Ocean Science Literacy Principles (NOAA)

Federal Education and Outreach Goals
NOAA Education Strategic Plan
National Science Foundation Broader Impacts Review Criterion
NASA Education
NASA Science Mission Directorate

Private Foundations
Many private foundations make grants for education and public outreach. The Grant, Information, Facilitation, and Training (GIFT) Center supports University of Arizona faculty, staff, and development personnel with non-governmental charitable grantseeking activities.

Grant Evaluation Resources
NSF Human Subjects Guidelines
NSF Handbook for Project Evaluation