Prof. Lillian Chong has created the Creative Science Summer Writing Program for Undergraduates

This past summer, Prof. Lillian Chong started a creative science writing program to help undergraduates develop skills for communicating science to non-scientists. The pilot group consisted of three highly motivated chemistry majors who pursued various types of creative writing, including poetry and narrative nonfiction. 

The development of effective writing skills in the sciences has become increasingly more important given the critical roles that science plays in society. To help undergraduates at the University of Pittsburgh develop such highly valuable skills, the Creative Science Writing Summer Program is intended to foster undergraduate writing projects that are focused on communicating science in a compelling, accessible manner to non-scientists. This Program is available to undergraduates in the Departments of Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Physics & Astronomy, Neuroscience, History & Philosophy of Science, and/or English. Each of six selected participants will be awarded a prize of $250 to pursue creative writing involving scientific journalism, poetry, and other works of nonfiction during the summer.

Lillian is the founder of the online magazine called "Lab Musings" on Medium: https://medium.com/pitt-undergraduate-science-writing based on their efforts. Chemistry majors who will be working in a chemistry lab this summer and who are passionate about creative writing, are encouraged to apply for this program

Eligibility to Apply for the Summer of 2018: To be eligible for the Program, undergraduates must be in good academic standing and declared a major in the Departments of Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Physics & Astronomy, Neuroscience, History & Philosophy of Science, and/or English. To apply, please email a brief summary (≤ 250 words) to Prof. Lillian Chong (ltchong@pitt.edu) by March 2, 2018 that includes the following:

  •  A description of the proposed writing project, outlining the research/science topics of interest, forms of writing, and motivation/significance of your writing project.
  • The names of (i) a faculty member of the Department of Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Physics & Astronomy, Neuroscience, or History & Philosophy of Science Department who has agreed to mentor you during the summer on communicating the science in an accurate manner; and (ii) a faculty member in the English Department who has agreed to mentor you during the summer on the writing. 
  • Mention any previous experiences with creative writing, including writing workshops..

In the above picture, from left to right: Marylou Gramm, Andrea Detlefsen, Andrew Warburton, Lillian Chong, Jakob Sorkness, and Jean Grace. 

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