About the Fellow
- Senior Lecturer; Senior Research Associate, Department of Entomology; College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
- Linda Rayor’s faculty profile
- 2020-21, Faculty Fellow in Engaged Scholarship
Science Outreach as Civic Activism: Why Training in Science Outreach Matters
For two decades, Linda Rayor has directed an award-winning science outreach program, ENTOM 3350 Naturalist Outreach Practicum, that sends Cornell students into K-12 classrooms and community groups throughout central New York to give lively presentations about ecology, biodiversity and natural history. She has collaborated with teachers and cultural institutions to design programs that enhance their science curriculum. Cornell students from her program often become STEM teachers or continue to do informal science education that communicates the value of science to the public through their careers.
She regularly gives seminars and workshops on the value of training young scientists how to do outreach and how to develop programs like the Naturalist Outreach program. As a Faculty Fellow in Engaged Scholarship, Rayor aims to reach an even broader audience by publishing data and writing high impact papers and commentaries on the effectiveness of her innovative program.
Engaged Faculty Fellowship Program
A yearlong cohort program in which faculty dive deep into the theory and practice of community-engaged learning; meet monthly to discuss readings, share projects and workshop challenges; and help transform what it means to teach at Cornell