How to get involved

We’re excited to welcome new graduate students this fall! SITN has many different initiatives, so no matter what you’re interested in, there’s something for you. Almost all of our initiatives are continuing their work virtually for Fall 2020, so there are still many ways to get involved.

Check out the initiatives below and join our graduate student mailing list to hear about ongoing opportunities. If you find something that interests you, contact the initiatives directly or email us at sitnboston@gmail.com. (We are a Harvard Graduate Student Group, but if you are a Boston-area graduate student interested in any of these initiatives, send us an email.)

Writing

Do you want to communicate cutting-edge science to an audience of thousands of readers? We have opportunities year-round to write or edit longform or shortform articles for the SITN blog. Learn more about getting involved with the blog here.

Current opportunities:
  • Write shortform articles (email Izzy at sitnbostonshortform@gmail.com)
  • Write biographies of scientists from underrepresented groups for the longform blog (fill out this form or email Kimberly and Rebecca at sitnbostonblog@gmail.com).

Graphics

Looking for something more visual? Join our graphics team and make images for blog articles, infocomics (like our recent COVID-19 series), lectures, advertisements, and more. Learn more here.

Current opportunities:
  • Design graphics for SITN (email Jovana at sitnbostongraphics@gmail.com)

Podcast

Or is audio more your style? SITN has a podcast, Sit’N Listen, and a recent series called Pint-Sized Science, courtesy of Science by the Pint. Volunteers write scripts, conduct interviews, and edit recordings. Learn more about getting involved here.

Current opportunities:
Sit’N Listen (fill out this form and email us at sitnboston@gmail.com)
  • Producer: Oversee production of the Sit’N Listen podcast
  • Editor: Edit existing content into episodes
  • Correspondent: Write scripts on interesting scientific topics for new episodes
  • Interviewer: Conduct interviews with scientists and other people who engage with science
Pint-Sized Science (email the Science by the Pint co-chairs at sciencebythepint@gmail.com)
  • Interview a scientist and produce an episode for our new Pint-Sized Science podcast

Speaking and presenting

Prefer to interact with your audience in real-time? SITN hosts many public events and lectures with different formats and target audiences (Seminar SeriesScience by the PintDayCon). There are opportunities to get involved as an event organizer or as a speaker.

Learn more about getting involved with:

Current opportunities:
Seminar series (email us at sitnboston@gmail.com)
  • Give a seminar as part of the virtual Fall Seminar Series
  • Coordinate a seminar
  • Co-direct the Fall Seminar Series
Science by the Pint (email the co-chairs at sciencebythepint@gmail.com)
  • Interview a scientist and produce an episode for our new Pint-Sized Science podcast
DayCon 2021 (fill out this form or email the directors at sitn.daycon@g.harvard.edu)
  • Speaker chairs (3): Recruit, select, and support speakers
  • Interactive session chairs (3): Organize hands-on sessions
  • Logistics and advertising chairs (2): Coordinate publicity and event-day logistics
  • Tech or graphics chair: Film and edit video and photographs of the event

Educational outreach

Want to inspire future scientists? Model Organism Zoo is a STEM outreach program that introduces middle/high school students to model organisms and empowers them to see themselves as scientists. Learn more here.

Current opportunities:
  • Volunteer at Model Organism Zoo outreach events (email Hasreet and Noel at modelorganismzoo@gmail.com)

SITN-wide logistics

Do you like seeing the big picture? There’s a lot of coordinating that goes on behind the scenes to support all of our SITN initiatives by publicizing events, communicating with members, managing finances, and updating our website. Learn more about these roles here.

Current opportunities (email us at sitnboston@gmail.com):
  • Apply for grants and manage our finances as Treasurer
  • Share our new content and events and engage with other science communication organizations as our Twitter Communication Director (follow us at @sitnboston)
  • Promote our content through visual media and gather content for our virtual Art Gallery as Instagram Communication Director and Art Gallery Curator (follow us at @sitnboston)
  • Maintain our website as Webmaster

Interested in something you don’t see here? We want to hear your ideas for new ways SITN can communicate current science to the public.

Graphics by Jovana Andrejevic