Portal to the Public Network

Mayborn Museum

Portal to the Public Network

What is the Portal to the Public Network?

Portal to the Public is a network of over 60 informal science education institutions that seek to bring scientists and public audiences together to promote appreciation and understanding of current scientific research and its application. This interaction is an opportunity for scientists to fulfill required criteria for national grant proposals and keeps our museum up-to-date on the latest scientific research.

Participants must complete a workshop that consists of two sessions of professional development. After the workshop, scientific professionals are given the opportunity to share their current research at the museum before a live audience. The goal of the program is to:
(1) equip scientists with the skills to communicate their knowledge with the community and
facilitate opportunities for the community to interact with local scientists regarding their cutting edge research.

Our society depends on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professionals, but there are not enough new professionals to replace those retiring from the field. To increase interest in STEM, children need meaningful experiences early on to encourage them to become innovators and problem-solvers of tomorrow. Through Portal to the Public, experts are given the support and opportunities they need to be successful. University faculty, students, and STEM professionals in the Waco community and surrounding areas are invited to participate in this professional development training which strenthens inquiry and communication skills in face-to-face interactions with the public.                                          

Staff at the Mayborn Museum have conducted more than 130 trainings with Baylor University departments including Psychology and Neuroscience, Biology, Anthropology, Center for Reservoir and Aquatic Systems, Geology, and Geosciences. Portal to the Public presentations resulting from these workshops include:

  • Water Quality Testing on the Brazos River
  • Sic’Em Science Days
  • Origins of Humans
  • Master Gardeners
  • Leave No Trace Behind – Camping Skills
  • Brain Awareness
  • Environmental Science – Keeping Waco Water Healthy

Please check our events calendar for future Portal to the Public events.

•Baylor's environmental scientists give presentation on water pollution


•Fingerprinting activities at the Mayborn Museum with Sergeant Jim Huggins M.A.


•Dr. Bessie Kebaara presents research on the human brain