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Each summer, proteges take part in a weekly Scientific Communications Workshop that not only improves their skills, but also leads to a richer appreciation of the close connections between communication activities and scientific research.

The workshop helps proteges produce a detailed and sophisticated scientific research paper, a scientific poster, and a colloquium talk by addressing a range of rhetorical issues: framing the research question by drawing on previous research, articulating methods in ways that demonstrate mastery of disciplinary conventions, stating results by incorporating visuals, analyzing claims in light of the evidence gathered, and articulating the broader significance of the study.

The workshop is fully interactive and working collaboratively is actively encouraged. The workshop also provides a common framework within which individualized meetings with writing mentors can become especially productive. This page includes the syllabus for the scientific communications workshop, as well as useful resources for our proteges and mentors.


Instructor: Lorena Medina Luna


Dr. Lorena Medina Luna has worked with SOARS since 2017. Originally from California, Lorena has a B.S. in Earth and Environmental Sciences from the University of California, Irvine, and a M.S. in Geology from California State University, Northridge. She received her Ph.D. in Geology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2015) where she trained as a geophysicists with a focus on understanding the stress regimes that generate earthquakes. She moved to Colorado in 2015 and worked at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science as a bilingual educator-performer. She brings research experience in addition to the ability to communicate science with the public. In 2017, she co-taught the SOARS writing workshop, and led the scientific communication workshop for the Research Experiences for Community College Students in Critical Zone Science based at CU Boulder. She is interested in advancing students into higher education, and raising awareness of the many career opportunities within the Earth Sciences. In addition to working for SOARS, Lorena works in NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research) education and outreach as the lead organizer of the NCAR Explorer Series. Outside of work, she enjoys going to Rockies games, playing softball and volleyball, hiking, and doing arts and crafts.

Lorena's Office Hours:

Lorena can be found in FL2-2004, T and Th from 9:00 am - 11:00 am, and available upon request.


Scientific Communications Workshop Summer Syllabus

SOARS at the NCAR library (with links to very helpful resources!)

Writing and Communication Links