The Science Communication (SciComm) Lab is a team of student writers and designers sharing science stories from research labs across the University of Minnesota. Our members come from graphic design, engineering, biology, and strategic communications just to name a few. We help researchers turn science into stories through infographics, animated videos, press releases, and research profiles.

Learn more about our team or take a look at our portfolio. For information about the Science Communication Lab contact bticom@umn.edu.

SciComm Coaching Lab

Learn more about the Scicomm Coaching Lab which provides peer-to-peer science communicaiton training for undergraduates, grad students, and postdocs.

SCL internship with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

As the world went online and many internship opportunities dried up this spring, I had the good fortune of connecting with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) through the Science Communication Lab (SCL). The two organizations formed a “MPCA-SCL hybrid” internship that allowed me to write remotely about water quality, climate change, and...

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Anaerobic digestion: Mid process review

By Caroline Frischmon Did you know that the biggest contributor to landfills in the U.S. is wasted food? We don’t eat about 40% of what’s produced in the country each year, but there’s a better solution than landfilling all this food. Anaerobic digestion turns the waste into fertilizer and methane, which is used to generate electricity and heat....

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Science is a roadmap for better policy

I entered the University of Minnesota as a microbiology major with a passion for advocacy. I originally believed that these interests would remain separate, but I quickly reconsidered. Now more than ever, science needs advocates. The relationship between science and public policy has deteriorated, exacerbating problems like climate change and...

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Volunteering as an ally

The word "ally" has floated around social media for the last few weeks as non-Black people learn what they can do to fight racial injustice. I’m not the best person to explain the importance of anti-racist allies since I don’t personally experience racism, but I...

Racial injustice shouldn’t just pop up on your Twitter feed

It’s felt pretty silly to write about science this last week amidst everything going on around us. I read descriptions of the officer’s murderous actions against George Floyd but didn’t have it in me to actually watch the video until Sunday night. Immediately after, I...

If you are trying to process the murder of George Floyd

If you are one of my Facebook friends who is not from Minneapolis and is white, this post is for you. If you are trying to process the murder of George Floyd and the ongoing protests without seeking guidance and information from the Black community, you are doing it...

A designer’s thoughts–Mikaela

  By Mikaela Armstrong I’m a senior, graduating in May and have worked in the Science Communications Lab (SCL) at the BioTechnology Institute for the past three semesters. When I began my major in design, I quickly learned that there is a lot of pressure to find...

An alumni’s perspective – Jacob

An Alumni's Perspective Jacob Pechacek Working as an intern at the Biotechnology Institute’s Science Communications Lab was a great experience. My work focused on developing an animation describing how diet and eating habits impact microbiota in the colon. At the...

An introduction

Designing Science By Megan Smith As a designer, you’re often asked to use your skills on just about anything. Design is everywhere - it’s in the Instagram posts from your favorite clothing store, the packaging design of your favorite frozen aisle item, the signage...

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