The brand-new Science Communication emphasis at BHSU provides students with the opportunity to merge knowledge and skills in a wide-range of science disciplines as well as mass media. Science communicators must have highly developed written, oral and visual-design skills as they translate the vitally newsworthy -- but often complex -- messages of the scientific community to the public. The field has a growing need to bring the results of advancing scientific research to the people.
The Science Communication program was inspired by the close relationship between BHSU and the Sanford Underground Research Facility in nearby Lead, S.D. The relationship has developed into job and internship opportunities for students, as well as the chance to work with some of the world’s top scientists in the interesting environment of the newly renovated “Homestake” underground laboratory. At sanfordlab.org, the activity is summarized: “Researchers at the Sanford Lab will explore some of the most challenging questions facing 21st century physics, such as the origin of matter, the nature of dark matter and the properties of neutrinos. The facility also hosts experiments in other disciplines—including geology, biology and engineering.”
Students in the Science Communication program also work with many of the outdoors and natural science-based activities and related organizations in the beautiful Black Hills region, and will develop skills that will be highly competitive in the field, locally to internationally.