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About the Peggy Girshman Idea Grants

Since its inception in 2010, more than $450,000 has been awarded by NASW's Peggy Girshman Idea Grants program for projects that benefit science writing and its practitioners. Read more to see a list of all the awardees and their exciting science writing projects.

NASW Diversity Fellowship winners

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The National Association of Science Writers’ inaugural Diversity Fellowship has been awarded to two fellows — Aneri Pattani, a recent graduate of the journalism program at Northeastern University in Boston, and Marissa Shieh, a student in NYU's Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program.

Peggy Girshman Idea Grants awarded

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The NASW Peggy Girshman Idea Grants Committee has awarded $24,700 to five groups and individuals, using funds from NASW's Authors Coalition of America distributions.

WCSJ2017 registration opens May 1

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Mark your calendars for Oct. 26-30, 2017, to attend the 10th World Conference of Science Journalists in exciting San Francisco, the first such conference to be held in the United States. Registration opens on May 1, 2017.

WCSJ2017 volunteer positions open

NASW is looking for volunteers to lead specific aspects of the 10th World Conference of Science Journalists, which we are hosting in partnership with CASW and the World Federation of Science Journalists this year. The conference will be held October 26-30 in San Francisco. It will be much like our annual ScienceWriters conference, but bigger and longer with a lot more moving parts. We need your help!

Reminder: Diversity Fellowship applications due April 1

Applications for our inaugural Diversity Fellowship are due April 1. The fellowship is for students and early-career science writers undertaking summer science journalism internships. Two fellows will receive $5,000 to supplement any stipends they receive from their summer employer. The fellowship is open to any underrepresented minority who intends to complete a science-journalism internship during the summer of 2017.

New committee seeks volunteers

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NASW's newly formed Governance Committee is looking for volunteers. The committee will work to ensure that the organization is effective, efficient, and performs to standards of due diligence. It will review the constitution and bylaws on a regular basis and recommend best practices.

WCSJ2017 organizers announce program themes, fellowships, speakers

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NASW and other organizers of the 10th World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ2017) unveiled details of the upcoming event at an information session held today at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Announcements included program themes, new plenary speakers, an initiative to serve attendees from Latin America and the Caribbean, pre- and post-conference activities, an update on conference fundraising, and travel fellowships. Read the release here.

NASW's PIO regional workshop in Seattle: Register now

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NASW is sponsoring a regional workshop for PIOs in Seattle on April 28, 2017. Organized by the Northwest Science Writers Association, the workshop will feature sessions on social media, visual communication, working with scientists and science journals, and more. Registration is open now. Register early for a $25 discount.

NASW Travel Fellows to AAAS

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Congratulations to this year's NASW Travel Fellows. These 10 undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds and educational institutions were selected by the NASW Education Committee to attend this year's AAAS annual meeting Feb. 16-20, in Boston. Each fellow will receive up to $1,000 to assist with travel. Fellows will each write a story for publication on the NASW website, and participate in the NASW mentoring program and NASW internship fair.