cSw staffer Tiffany Zhou has been accepted as an intern for NJ Assemblyman Dan Benson. He serves as the Vice Chair of the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee, has a STEM education in physics, and has sponsored several STEM-related bills. Her work will mostly focus on reviewing STEM policy to help the Assemblyman work on new bills.
Wendy Wu, cSw author/editor, was recently selected to be part of the Jane Goodall Roots and Shoots National Youth Leadership Council. The Roots and Shoots National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC), a program of the Jane Goodall Institute USA (JGI), is made up of a passionate group of young people from around the United States who are dedicated to making positive change happen in their communities--for people, animals, and the environment.
curiousSCIENCEwriters announces the 2016-17 application period... Feb 15-Mar 21, 2016. We are recruiting 30 curious and creative students for the 2016-17 program: 20 writers, 5 editors (preference given to experienced cSw writers) and 5 graphic designers. Current cSw staffers are encouraged to apply for the coming year.
cSw is pleased to share a summer opportunity for current 10th/11th grade students to participate in a FREE week-long leadership development program sponsored by Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. This year, the overnight “camp” will be held at Villanova University from Monday, July 25th – Thursday, July 28th, 2016. Applications are due by March 30, 2016.
In October, cSw author/editor Eileen Huang had the honor of being appointed as the Northeast National Student Poet in the Class of 2015. The National Student Poets Program is the nation’s highest honor for youth poets presenting original work. It reflects the national imprimatur of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and its honorary chair, First Lady Michelle Obama, as well as the Administration’s commitment to arts and humanities education.
Since we have changed our name from curiousYOUNGwriters to curiousSCIENCEwriters, you may be asking “What’s new?” Quite a bit, actually. We are training student editors to help our writers move beyond jargon and complex scientific concepts to produce stories that get the science right and capture the personality of scientists involved ground-breaking research.
Carl Zimmer is a columnist for the New York Times and the author of 13 books. His “Note to Beginning Science Writers" elicited many enthusiastic responses, each of which contains note-worthy gems for our curious young writers.
Mississauga's Andrei Grovu is the first Canadian, and the youngest student, chosen to take part in the Curious Young Writers program, which kicked off earlier this month.
Throughout the next year, he will be among 21 other youngsters who will learn the craft from completing webinars with a communications mentor and a professional scientist in fields such as biomedicine and genetic research.
The past year was marked by curiousYOUNGwriters incredible expansion. Not only have they been able to increase the number of writers contributing to the site, but they also tackled various imaginative pursuits. They’ve enhanced their staff by introducing smaller teams focused on specific areas within the website. The teams meet regularly and focus on visual aspects of the site, such as illustration, media, and editing.
cYw is a rapidly growing science blog, sponsored by States United for Biomedical Research, “advancing the art of science communication” through stories about nontraditional animal models and their roles in advancing our knowledge of specific diseases or conditions. What’s unique about cYw is that high school students run the entire operation. Students write and edit every story, and all major decisions are considered by a group of dedicated young scientists/writers. It is by high schoolers and for high schoolers, because who says we’re just kids? Bunny Jaskot, one of cYw’s teacher supervisors as well as former president of the National Association of Biology Teachers, considers working with the blog’s teenage writers to be one of her favorite aspects of cYw. “My spirit and outlook are renewed in our educational system when I connect to [cYw’s] high school participants,” she says.