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 in 2010 by Jayne Mackta, past president of the New Jersey Association for Biomedical Research, cSw has operated under the auspices of States United for Biomedical Research for six years and transitioned to Americans for Medical Progress in 2019
The program consists of 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 26 students in 2020. Participants will learn how to produce clear and compelling science stories for the public. Stories developed by the summer class will be edited and published by the cSw Student Editorial Team.
This team of student staff members are previous graduates of the program. They edit and and publish the stories generated by student participants on the cSw website throughout the year. The team includes a editors, graphic designers and a social media managers. The cSw student staffers 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.