Perlman Mentoring Program students’ stories successfully pitched to magazines and other outlets

This summer, NASW offered the inaugural David Perlman Virtual Mentoring Program for graduate and undergraduate students. Students attended online professional development sessions and worked with their mentors to pitch, report, and write a science news article.

In addition to the publication opportunity provided by NASW’s new Student Newsroom, the Education Committee worked with students and mentors to pitch stories to 11 outlets who graciously agreed to consider student submissions for publication. Some students also successfully pitched their stories independently to various outlets.

Congratulations to the following eight students, whose pieces were selected for publication by Eos, the Indianapolis Star, Inside Science, Nautilus, Physics World, Science News for Students, and Scientific American, respectively. In some cases, these publications represent students' first contribution to what we anticipate will be a robust and growing portfolio.

And a big thank you to the mentors for sharing their time, expertise and enthusiasm with the students.

Whale blowholes don’t keep out seawater

By Rasha Aridi, mentored by Sara Reardon

Science News for Students

Taking an aerial view underground

By Jady Carmichael, mentored by Katharine Gammon


The Animal Kingdom should have Father’s Day too
By Ananya Sen, mentored by Stacy Kish

Leaded soil endangers residents in New York neighborhoods

By Matthew Stonecash, mentored by Lisa Munoz


Jeweled orb-web spiders mimic flowers to catch pollinating insects
By Veronica Tremblay, mentored by Jyoti Madhusoodanan
Inside Science

'Devastating' virus killed 2 Indianapolis Zoo elephants. Their deaths may save others.
By Lorena Villanueva-Almanza, mentored by Sarah Nightingale
Indianapolis Star

Physics in China attempts to rise from the pandemic

By Ling Xin, mentored by Rob Irion

Physics World

SpaceX’s dark satellites are still too bright for astronomers

By Emily Zhang, mentored by David Ehrenstein

Scientific American

Oct. 21, 2020