curiousSCIENCEwriters (cSw) is a learning program for high school students with a passion for research and science writing. Launched to “advance the art of science communication,” cSw is an innovative, extracurricular activity that trains creative students to translate complex bioscience and engage the general public through the power of story.
Founded by past president of the New Jersey Association for Biomedical Research, Jayne Mackta, cSw has been led by States United for Biomedical Research for the past six years. The program is now being transitioned to the biomedical research advocacy group Americans for Medical Progress.
This summer, AMP will pilot a week-long boot camp followed by one month of mentoring and writing exercises for participating students. The camp will pair seasoned science writers and scientists with up to 14 students. Participants will learn how to produce clear and compelling science stories for the public.
The cSw program includes a team of three student staff members who are previous graduates of the program. They will help edit and and publish the stories generated by student participants on the cSw website throughout the year. The team includes an editor, a graphic designer and a social media coordinator. The cSw student staffers will work under the mentorship of AMP’s Director of Strategic Communications.
Graduates of the 2019 program will be eligible to apply for student staff positions for the 2020 program.
Learn more at the curiousSCIENCEwriters website.