Graduate Student Public Scholar Program

Telling stories onstage let us hear gasps and applause from an audience. Writing a group blog let us celebrate when our articles were shared thousands of times. I saw my work through new eyes when it was illustrated by live music, improvised dance, chalk art, and poetry. When I shared what I work on, I felt part of something bigger because I saw my role in society as a creator of knowledge. I felt a new responsibility, too: The public funds our work; we owe people an explanation of what we’ve found. (Shorr, Chronicle of Higher Education 17/07/17)

Memorial’s School of Graduate Studies, in collaboration with The Harris Centre, launched a Public Scholar Program in Fall 2017 to train, showcase, and celebrate graduate student work in the public sphere as public intellectuals. Combining workshops on Public Scholarship and Knowledge Mobilization with guest speakers and events, the first year of the program launched the initiative. The second year of the program took feedback from year one and built a more robust set of offerings and opportunities for graduate students. 

2019-2020 PSP Opportunities and Workshops

I) The Conversation Information Session
Graduate students are invited to learn about writing for The Conversation, an independent source of news analysis and commentary. With a global audience of more than 19 million monthly readers and a reach of 38 million through republication, The Conversation is a great way to tell the world about your research. Editor Scott White and Environment and Energy Editor Hannah Hoag will deliver a workshop on how to pitch story ideas and write for The Conversation.
Date and Time: Wednesday, September 18, 3 – 4:30 pm
Mode: On-campus or online
Location: Beatrice Watts Boardroom, IIC – 2014, Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation
Presenters: Scott White, Editor & Hannah Hoag, Environment and Energy Editor, The Conversation