the mission

Cosplay for Science is a nonprofit educational initiative dedicated to making science accessible through cosplay. We aim to lower perceived barriers between scientists and the public, effectively communicate science through the lens of popular culture, and to subsequently demonstrate the efficacy of our science communication initiatives through data collection, research, and published results.

origin STORY

Cosplay for Science is a science communication initiative created to help make science education more relatable and scientists more approachable. We started this project in October 2017 after attending our first comic con, Nerdbot-Con in Pasadena, California. Since all of us come from different backgrounds as well, we want to help bring science to the communities that need it the most.  Many people don’t realize how much science is a part of the many things they love. So what we do is connect the worlds. By cosplaying, we hope to get people’s attention and then explain a cool science fact. With so many fandoms out there, we can talk about gravity, space flight, chemistry, evolution, the list goes on and on! Also, by cosplaying, we hope to make people less afraid or anxious about talking to scientists. In the end, our biggest goal is just to get people to appreciate the science in their everyday lives.

 

FOUNDING MEMBERS

 
Gabriel-Philip Santos  Collections Manager & Outreach Coordinator, Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology

Gabriel-Philip Santos
Collections Manager & Outreach Coordinator,
Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology

Brittney Stoneburg  Marketing & Events Specialist, Western Science Center

Brittney Stoneburg
Marketing & Events Specialist,
Western Science Center

Michelle Barboza-Ramirez  University of Florida Graduate Student & Creator of "Femmes of STEM" podcast

Michelle Barboza-Ramirez
University of Florida Graduate Student
& Creator of "Femmes of STEM" podcast

Isaac Magallanes  University of Florida Graduate Student The FOSSIL Project

Isaac Magallanes
University of Florida Graduate Student
The FOSSIL Project

 

CONTRIBUTOR MEMBERS

Matt Hudgens-Haney, PhD  Neuroscientist

Matt Hudgens-Haney, PhD
Neuroscientist

Kellen Kartub  UC Irvine PhD student (Chemistry)

Kellen Kartub
UC Irvine PhD student (Chemistry)

Ginny Liz  PhD Candidate in Physics and Education

Ginny Liz
PhD Candidate in Physics and Education

 

RESEARCH AND EDUCATION TEAM

Lisa Lundgren, PhD  Postdoctoral Research Associate North Carolina State University

Lisa Lundgren, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate
North Carolina State University

Michael Ziegler  University of Florida Graduate Student Project Researcher on iDigFossils

Michael Ziegler
University of Florida Graduate Student
Project Researcher on iDigFossils

 

Community Members

 

Hannah Weiss

Jessica Trinh

Hannah Kissinger