|Building a Sustainable Let's Talk Science Partnership Program
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Agatha Jassem, Office of the Vice-President, Students
|Year 1: Summary
The Let’s Talk Science Partnership Program (LTS-PP) is a unique program that increases the professional development of undergraduate, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows by developing a keen sense of the importance of knowledge translation and community awareness. After successfully expanding the program as a TLEF funded initiative over the last three years (rural community expansion, the CEDAR summer day camp, community service learning partnerships, Invited Speaker Program, professional development workshop, Aboriginal student mentorship, the All Science Challenge, and undergraduate integration) our goal is to structure the LTS-PP in order to make impervious to coordinator turnover by creating sustainable resources and engaging into inter-dependent programming initiatives while further expanding our integration of undergraduate students. Our overall aim is to enhance the ability of undergraduate and graduate students to teach scientific concepts to diverse audiences, with the acquired skills being transferable to many positions including teaching assistantships and future academic postings.
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Irene Yu, Office of the Vice-President, Students
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The Let's Talk Science Partnership Program (LTS-PP) is a nation-wide science literacy program that emphasizes community awareness and outreach by providing unique opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students and post-doctoral fellows to develop their professional skills while promoting UBC's commitment to integrate research with the discovery, dissemination, and application of new knowledge in the community. After successfully expanding the program as a TLEF-funded initiative (2005-2008) via the establishment of rural and aboriginal outreach and mentorship programs, professional development workshops, and the All Science Challenge, our goal is to structure the LTS-PP to make it impervious to coordinator turnover by creating sustainable resources and engaging in interdependent programming initiatives while furthering the involvement of undergraduate students. The transformation of the LTS-PP into a sustainable presence at UBC is underway. Our overall aim is to arm students and trainees with transferable skills that will help them succeed at UBC and beyond.
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Veronique Lecault, Office of the Vice-President, Students
|Year 3: Summary
The UBC Let’s Talk Science Partnership Program (LTS PP) provides unique opportunities for UBC undergraduate and graduate students to develop their teaching and communication skills while promoting knowledge translation and dissemination of research discoveries in the community. During an initial expansion phase funded by a TLEF initiative (2005-2008), our program has initiated successful collaborations with several UBC partners and has become an intrinsic part of the UBC vibrant and engaged community.
In this second phase of funding (2008-2011), our goal is to implement strategies to ensure long-term success of the UBC Let’s Talk Science Partnership Program, notably by creating sustainable resources, continuing our engagement in interdependent programming initiatives, and furthering the involvement of UBC undergraduate and graduate students. Our overall aim is to enhance the ability of our volunteers to communicate their knowledge efficiently in front of diverse audiences, and to arm UBC students with transferable skills that will give them a distinct advantage to succeed in their career and as global citizens.