Portal to the Public is a collaborative effort by Baylor University’s Mayborn Museum Complex and Baylor University science departments to engage community audiences with current scientific research.
Portal to the Public volunteers at Baylor University are part of a broader Portal to the Public Network of practitioners funded by National Science Foundation and Institute of Museum and Library Services and facilitated by Institute for Learning Innovation.
Portal to the Public volunteers are encouraged to volunteer for two public engagement events per semester. Public Engagement events connect scientists with museum guests to educate and spark interest in various fields of science. Events may include Meet the Scientists, or special emphasis events such as Explore Engineering, Fossil Day, and more.
Meet the Scientists events occur bi-weekly during the school year. Portal to the Public volunteers can engage museum guests with a hands-on activity about their current research. Meet the Scientists is a chance for visitors to ask questions, learn how scientists reached their current job position, learn how current science is relevant to everyone, or even help scientists with their research.
Portal to the Public works with Baylor science departments to put on emphasis events to celebrate different areas of scientific research. Emphasis events include Sic ‘em Science Day, Explore Engineering, World Water Day, Brain Awareness Day, Fossil Day, and more.
Please check our events calendar for future Portal to the Public events.