Science Communication

RIPTIDES students will engage with members of the professional community to experience how science stakeholders use scientific information for a wide range of professional occupations that concern marine and estuarine science.

RIPTIDES students will be exposed to successively more intensive training in writing skills that are needed to communicate with non-scientific audiences, environmental agencies, grant agencies.  The goals of these writing classes are to increase success in the program and reduce time to graduation by providing formal instruction in writing the thesis prospectus, and continue to provide structured support through two 1 unit courses that focus on improving the Introduction and Methods and Results and Discussion sections of the thesis manuscript in a peer-to-peer supportive environment.

Coursework in the program focuses on Science Communication and provides a structured environment for making steady progress on writing while receiving peer and mentor feedback.

Each course will focus on writing specific program elements in accord with the semester in which they are taken. BIOL 716 focuses on writing the thesis prospectus. MSCI 717 and 718 focus on writing the main sections of the thesis manuscript, provide instruction in data presentation and statistical analysis, and provide guidance for professional development including applying for jobs and PhD programs. Also, the graduate seminar courses require students to give at least one presentation throught the semester, providing experience in communicating peer-reviewed studies as is done at a conference.

RIPTIDES students will learn science communication through pedagogy

A core component of the program is the Graduate Teaching Associateship or Teaching Assistantship (GTA/TA) requirement that is to be fulfilled at least one semester in the program. This experience allows RIPTIDES graduate students to engage in teaching their own class of 10-15 SF State undergraduate students in a lab setting for at least one semester. Salary level varies depending on the class level and department. Alternatively, students who decide not to engage in a GTA/TA-ship they can enroll in BIOL/SCI 750: Science Teaching for Scientists, which is an introduction to science education, pedagogy, and partnership.