Faculty FAQ


What are Science Narratives?

Science Narratives are short video and audio podcasts that highlight the research happening at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the human stories behind it.

Science Narratives can help inform new audiences about the importance of your research, while broadening dissemination to enhance scientific and technological understanding. Faculty who are willing to work with our team to write science narratives into their grant as a means of meeting broader impacts and outreach requirements will receive support from our team in addressing and evaluating broader impact criteria.

Faculty who work with us receive marketing and dissemination support and evaluation support. If you are interested in working with our team, please contact Don Fleischman, don.fleischman@wisc.edu.

What are the criteria for my work to be considered to appear in Science Narratives?

  • You must be a UW-Madison faculty member, academic staff, or a graduate student.
  • You must have a current grant or other available funding in the sciences or social sciences and/or be willing to collaborate with the Science Narratives team on a future grant.
  • You must be willing to fund the creation of the Science Narratives content through grant or other funds. Our team will work with you to facilitate this.

How should I contact your team if I have questions about Science Narratives?

Please write to uwnarratives-inquiries@lists.wisc.edu with your questions and contact information.

What are some of the benefits of participating in Science Narratives?

  • Professional communication of your research project to a broad audience using digital media channels.
  • Competitive edge in grant applications that have broader impacts or other outreach requirements.
  • Support from grant application to implementation.
  • Marketing and dissemination expertise at your fingertips.

What are the options I can select from and services provided?

  • 3-5 professional-produced video episodes with effective story arc (3-5 min each).
  • 1-2 audio podcasts providing a deeper dive into the material (10-12 min each).
  • Digital activities to engage learners.

Do I have to have a grant to be included?

Not in every case. If you have other funds, our team is happy to meet with you to discuss your ideas and goals.

Does the grant have to be a certain size and scope to be considered?


What is the timeline for being included?

Currently, new projects that meet our criteria are being considered for Fall 2016 and beyond.

How much time does my team need to invest in the project?

We anticipate asking faculty and staff who participate in this project for the following time commitment. Our video and audio teams will work with you to schedule and prepare for these sessions:

  • 60 minute telephone pre-interview
  • 2 60-90 minute recorded interview
  • 2 full days initial filming with faculty/staff member present, scheduled at your convenience
  • Once monthly filming of supplementary footage/monthly episode. This is sometimes facilitated by a graduate student
  • Additional communication via email on an as needed basis

Do you assist with evaluation data for broader impacts?

Yes, we will help faculty and researchers describe the impact of activities and help develop plans to measure these impacts. Basic analytic data and survey data generated from the activities of Science Narratives will be available to the researcher.

Do you create in-person events for Science Narratives?

We may participate in existing campus outreach events when appropriate, but our team does not plan and coordinate new events for Science Narratives.

Can I work with other colleagues from other universities in this project?

Yes. If communication is well established and it is clear that production targets can be met. Participation of on-campus colleagues or graduate students is also welcome.

Can my graduate students learn the process from your team?

Graduate students can participate fully in the Science Narratives project alongside the faculty member(s).

I would like to participate. What is the first step I need to take?

Please contact Don Fleischman, don.fleischman@wisc.edu.