Apply before January 15 for the 2014 AAAS Mass Media Fellowship

Kim Petrie
December 16, 2013
Posted in Announcements

The 2014 AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship application is now available online.  To learn more and to apply, please visit www.aaas.org/mmfellowship. The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship seeks to increase communication skills in student scientists. From grant writing to interaction with their community, today’s young scientists must also be able science communicators. The lessons they learn through the Fellowship experience will broaden their career paths and help them increase public understanding of science and technology.

The Fellowship places advanced undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate science, engineering, and mathematics students at media sites nationwide to work as science reporters for ten weeks. Past sites include the Chicago Tribune, WIRED, NPR, LA Times, and Scientific American. Fellows use their academic training in the sciences as they research, write and report today’s headlines, sharpening their abilities to communicate complex scientific and technical issues to the public. For 39 years, the Fellowship has trained student scientists who have gone on to contribute to the larger scientific discussion including Eric Lander, Founding Director The Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, and Kenneth Chang and Erica Goode of the New York Times.

*NEW* this year, AAAS wishes to focus on serving the growing Latino populations of the U.S. by supporting science communication and education in the language of those communities and by addressing issues of importance to the communities. For the first time, we are recruiting Spanish Language Fellow(s) who will be able to expand the work with mainstream Spanish news outlets to bring science news to Spanish speaking communities. Please contact mmfellowship@aaas.org for more information.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science as well as Science Translational Medicine and Science Signaling. AAAS was founded in 1848 and includes 261 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world, with an estimated total readership of 1 million. The non-profit AAAS is open to all and fulfills its mission to “advance science and serve society” through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education, public engagement, and more. For the latest research news, log onto EurekAlert!, www.eurekalert.org, the premier science-news Web site, a service of AAAS.

AAAS selects 15 - 20 Fellows each summer. There is a $5,000 stipend plus travel expenses. The Internship runs from early June to mid-August. The deadline to apply is January 15, 2014.