Vote for students’ project in NSF competition

WUSTL’s Melanie Bauer, a graduate student in psychology, and Eric Hamilton, a graduate student in plant biology, both in Arts & Sciences, are competing in a National Science Foundation essay contest, the Innovation in Graduate Education Challenge.

Bauer and Hamilton propose a new required graduate course to teach students, particularly in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM fields, the skills to communicate their work and its relevance to the general public. The idea is to improve public discourse and to give students skills for alternative career paths.

The public can vote online through May 29. To support Bauer and Hamilton’s project for the Community Choice award, and to learn more about their idea, visit here.

Bauer and Hamilton worked together after meeting at Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U), held at WUSTL this spring. Both committed to working on projects dealing with science outreach and communication. To learn more about the students’ efforts and WUSTL’s leadership in key CGI U areas, visit here.