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McGurgan Service Award winners

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Last month in Raleigh, N.C., during the NASW business meeting, three dedicated volunteers were awarded the 2012 Diane McGurgan Service Award. Congratulations to Rick Bogren, Robert Irion, and Mari Jensen. Read on to learn more about their contributions and the award.

Student Travel Fellowships to AAAS

The National Association of Science Writers once again will sponsor travel fellowships to the upcoming AAAS meeting for undergraduate students interested in science journalism. As many as 10 students will receive $500 to $1,000 in travel expenses to attend AAAS in Boston, Feb. 14-18, 2013. NASW's education committee will select students to receive the fellowship and will pair each one with a veteran writer for mentoring at the conference.

Idea Grants: Applications due Nov. 1

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Do you have a great idea for a science writing resource? NASW invites proposals from individuals or groups to apply for grants ranging from $1,000 to $50,000 for projects and programs that are designed to help science writers in their professional lives and/or to benefit the field of science writing.

Where to find journalism funding

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The National Association of Science Writers is pleased to announce a new resource for science journalists — the Funding Sources database. Available to all NASW members, the database was developed by member Madeline Bodin. It includes grants, fellowships, and other types of funding for which science writers may qualify. For information about joining NASW and taking advantage of the Funding Sources database, please see our membership benefits page.

Idea Grant update and important changes

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The Idea Grants program has awarded over $200,000 in less than two years. Read on to see what your creative colleagues are doing with their Idea Grants and learn about important changes to the application process.

An Idea Grant at Work: Introducing The New Science Writers’ Handbook

NASW is pleased to bring you an update from one of our Idea Grant recipients. In 2011, the SciLance Writing Group, LLC received a $43,000 grant to develop a handbook for freelance writers. In a very short time, this committed group of writers recruited contributors, developed a draft, and secured a publishing contract. We are deeply proud of this group and happy that we could fund their enthusiasm, creativity, and initiative to produce a resource that benefits the science writing community.

Guest Editor proposals due July 15

The National Association of Science Writers is currently accepting grant proposals for a new, rotating, Guest Editor to develop features for our ScienceWriters web site (www.NASW.org). Read on for details.

Congratulations to our latest Career Grant recipients

This spring, NASW awarded over $15,000 to 13 enterprising science writers in the fourth round of our Career Grants program. Read on to learn about their projects and this mid-career fellowship program.

Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings travel funding

Looking for ways to cover science on a tight travel budget? For the fifth year in a row, the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings invites NASW members who are working journalists or freelancers attending on assignment from a media outlet to apply for travel funding to attend the Lindau Meeting. Deadline: April 4.

Idea Grants update: $140,000 awarded thus far

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In the past seven months, the National Association of Science Writers has awarded an additional five Idea Grants, totaling $67,000, bringing the total awarded since the grant program's inception one year ago this month to almost $140,000. Funding is provided by income from the Authors Coalition, and the grants are intended to help science writers in their professional lives or benefit the field of science writing.