PoPNet Members Area

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Welcome to the Portal to the Public Network Members Area. If you have difficulties accessing this page, please contact Anna Johnson at anna.johnson@freechoicelearning.org.

Resource Bundles
Each resource bundle contains sample resources and other tools relevant to specific areas of PoP implementation. Resources have been developed by Network members and supplement samples found in the Implementation Manual.

Do you have ideas for a resource bundle or specific resources that you don’t see here? Want to include one of your own resources? Email us to let us know.

Recruitment Materials


Agendas for Professional Development Training

Resources for PD Catalogue Elements

Additional PD Elements

Evaluation Materials

Scientist Recognition

Marketing and Press

Partnerships and Funding

Programs and Exhibits

Click below to access the contact sheet for PoPNet sites and members.

Need to update your or your institution’s information? Email Anna to let us know.

PoPNet Directory as of June 13, 2017

Past Webinars
STEM Ambassador Program (STEMAP) (January 2017)
Nalini Nadkarni and Caitlin Weber from the University of Utah present information about the STEM Ambassador Program (STEMAP), a new NSF-funded project to develop a process in which scientists can engage effectively with non-traditional audiences in the venue of those groups.

STEM Equity and Inclusion (November 2016)
Shaila Kotadia, STEM Equity Planning Director at UC Berkeley and member of PoPNet, overviews early findings from UC Berkeley’s STEM Equity and Inclusion Initiative, which aims to describe the nature of the STEM diversity pipeline on campus and support key stakeholders in creating an outward-facing campus vision around STEM diversity.

Mini-Grant Presentations Round 2 (June 2016)
Four PoPNet mini-grant projects (led by CU Science Discovery, The Discovery Museums, Sci-Port, and Sunset Zoo) present their projects.

Summative Evaluation Overview (May 2016)
The research team at Oregon State University overviews the summative evaluation plan for PoPNet: Expanding the National Network.

Mini-Grant Presentations Round 1 (April 2016)
Four PoPNet mini-grant recipients (Science Central, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, University of Wisconsin Madison, and Powerhouse Science Center) present their projects.

National Living Lab (February 2016)
This webinar overviews the National Living Laboratory project and how its resources and goals can align with those of the Portal to the Public Network.

SciGirls (December 2015)
The webinar provides an overview of SciGirls and the SciGirls CONNECT network (scigirlsconnect.org) and features two PoPNet members who describe how they have connected PoPNet and SciGirls resources when working with scientists.

Science Festival Alliance (August 2015)
Join us for this opportunity to connect with and learn from the work of the Science Festival Alliance (SFA). This webinar features an overview of the history, goals, and activities of the SFA and gets us thinking about how festival activities and Portal to the Public can support and leverage one another. We hear from Kishore Hari, Director of the Bay Area Science Festival, Julie Fooshee, Coordinator of the Science Festival Alliance, and Jonathan Frederick, PoPNet Faculty Member and Director of the North Carolina Science Festival at UNC Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. 

The mission of the Science Festival Alliance is to foster a professional community dedicated to more and better science and technology festivals. The SFA is a collaborative network involving institutions, initiatives, and individuals that have committed to work together to best serve our communities through the festival format.

National Alliance for Broader Impacts (June 2015)
The National Alliance for Broader Impacts (NABI) is an organization founded to support and enhance the work of professionals charged with helping researchers achieve significant Broader Impact (BI). NSF mandates that each and every proposal reviewed and funded have a BI plan. NABI seeks to foster a community of practice that will help NSF and the research communities better define BI and illustrate the relevance of scientific research to society at large. NABI is supported by an NSF Research Coordination Network grant.

Evaluation Overview (April 2015)
In this webinar our external evaluator, Jessica Sickler from the Lifelong Learning Group, discusses some of the findings from retrospective evaluation of the Network and what PoP looks like across its member institutions. Then we look at the implications of these findings and discuss potential areas for innovation.

Current Science Exhibits (February 2015)
Interested in how you can expand your Portal to the Public efforts to include current science in exhibit spaces? This webinar highlights how the exhibits and PoP teams at Pacific Science Center have collaborated to create current science exhibits that showcase local scientists’ advances in current research through graphics, objects, interactives and programs. We hear from two members of the exhibits team about the grants that fund these projects, how they integrate with Pacific Science Center’s Science Communication Fellows and PoP programs, and the benefits and challenges of implementation.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation. Any opinions, findings, or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of NSF.

Institute of Museum and Library Services

This project has been made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Portal to the Public is facilitated by the Institute for Learning Innovation.