Sign up to participate in UW-Madison Science Expeditions


The UW-Madison Science Alliance invites you to participate in the 13th Annual UW-Madison Science Expeditions on March 20, 21 and 22, 2015.

Why participate in UW Science Expeditions? UW Science Expeditions is an annual campus-wide science open house: it’s an opportunity for all of us to welcome everyone to their public, land-grant research university.

This campus-wide open house features three types of programs:

1. Exploration Stations: hands-on exhibits where you share insights into your research.
2. Science Spectaculars: presentations that engage a larger audience, usually in an auditorium.
3. Destinations for Exploration: tours or Open Houses of research venues across the UW-Madison campus.
*To Sign Up to lead an Exploration Station, a Science Spectacular or a Destination for Exploration, please register at

We’ve included more information below. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Ana Garic, UW Nutritional Sciences, at 608-262-9346 or

If you know others who may be interested, please forward this information to them.
Thank you for considering this invitation to participate in the 2015 UW Science Expeditions!

The 2015 UW Science Expeditions Planning Team:
Ana Garic, 262-9346
Micaela Sullivan-Fowler, 262-2402
Travis Tangen, 316-4385
Cheryl Redman, 265-2019
Tom Zinnen, 265-2420


Exploration Stations
UW Science Expeditions features research-based Exploration Stations. These interactive exhibits (mostly table-top) provide hands-on activities for kids and families. Here researchers & outreachers invite visitors to experience science as exploring the unknown, to develop their science know-how, and to learn more about the amazing research happening every day at UW-Madison. Exploration Stations are hosted by many members of the campus scientific community, including students, faculty, staff and retirees.
This year we will again have two days of Exploration Stations.
The main venue for Exploration Stations on Saturday, March 21 will be the Town Center of the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, 330 N. Orchard Street. On Sunday, March 22, the main venue will be the atrium of the Health Sciences Learning Center at 750 Highland Avenue. Exploration Stations at those locations will be staffed on both days from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
If you need funds for your Exploration Stations, please contact Cheryl Redman at: to start the process to receive funds for your participation.
*To Sign Up to lead an Exploration Station, a Science Spectacular or a Destination for Exploration, please register at

Destinations for Exploration
These venues are the heart of our campus Open House. Some Destinations for Exploration, such as the Geology Museum, are normally open on Saturdays. Others, such as the Zoology Museum or the Botany Greenhouse or DC Smith Greenhouse, open on this weekend especially for Science Expeditions. Open hours are set by the venue; most venues open around 9 am and some stay open until late in the afternoon. On Saturday the Destinations for Exploration are served by two trolleys that circulate visitors around central campus. If you’d to help make your building or lab or facility a Destination for Exploration, please contact Tom Zinnen at 608-265-2420 or

Science Spectaculars
Science Spectaculars are shows or public lectures with a purpose to engage a larger audience in an auditorium or lecture hall setting. You provide the presenter(s) and the campus venue. If you need help finding a venue, we can help you find one. Please contact Tom Zinnen at 608-265-2420 or
Recent Science Spectaculars included events such as: The Wonders of Physics shows, SPICE Chemistry shows, and Fusion Science Theater.
To pitch an idea for a Science Spectacular built around your work, please contact Tom Zinnen at 608-265-2420 or Ana Garic at 608-262-9346.

Want more reasons to share your science at UW Science Expeditions? Here are three:
1. UW Science Expeditions is a way for us to connect with our leading patron: the public. Through state and federal taxes, the public funds $700 million of the university’s $1.1 billion R&D budget.
2. UW Science Expeditions is an opportunity to help fuel the science savvy of learners of all ages.
3. UW Science Expeditions gives researchers & outreachers at all levels a chance to hone our talents & skills in sharing the stories of our research with the public.

And a fourth reason: Participants can request up to $200 to develop and present quality display materials for their Exploration Station, $100 for Destination for Exploration and $350 for Science Spectacular. Please note: we can fund the first 30 stations that request support.

Please Join Us! Register at