What is IMPACTS?

The Inspiring Meaningful Programs and Communication Through Science (IMPACTS) Program is a state-wide public science communication training and outreach initiative funded by the NC GlaxoSmithKline Foundation. IMPACTS provides selected applicants with the opportunity to receive public science communication training for free!

IMPACTS is designed to train scientists in public communication using a nationally acclaimed curriculum along with enabling them to practice and hone their science communication skills.

Who is it for?

We are looking for scientists that represent North Carolina’s diverse population in a variety of STEM-related fields to participate in this prestigious opportunity. Priority will go to underrepresented minorities in STEM fields.   

Applicants can be researchers, graduate students, doctoral students, post-doctoral students, or industry scientists in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics. 

Please note, strong English speaking skills are required. 


  • Receive a $1,500 training for free
  • Join an elite state-wide network of scientists and science communicators
  • Certificate of completion
  • Official letter of recognition for CV or portfolio
  • Personal consultations on activity design and public outreach efforts
  • Assistance in conceptualizing other outreach efforts and broader impact proposals
  • Invitations to attend additional professional development opportunities
  • Program swag
  • Travel stipend

What is the commitment?

Accepted applicants must complete the following in order to become a Morehead Science Impactor:

  • Training- Two Saturday workshops 
    • Community Event (Expo) Workshop 
    • Informal classroom teaching Workshop
  • Outreach- 3 events
    • Community Event (Expo) ~4 hours
    • Field Trip (Symposium) ~ 4 hours
    • Classroom Visit (Novozymes SciMatch) ~ a school day
  • Consultations
    • Informal educators will assist program participants in developing a hands-on and engaging activity to aid in communication during their outreach opportunities.
  • Activity Development
  • Evaluations

Depending on the location, this program will take roughly a year to complete. Most participants complete this program in 7 months.

How can I apply?

If you have any questions about the IMPACTS program please feel free to email us at: moreheadimpacts@unc.edu