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Science Writing and Journalism for Graduate Students with Fannie Mitchell Expert-In-Residence Fenella Saunders

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
10:30 am to 12:00 pm

How do you communicate complicated research to audiences with diverse backgrounds? And how can you build a career around this type of work? Science writing is an impactful transferable skill for many fields including academia, industry R&D, and journalism. During this workshop, attendees will discuss common problems in writing, learn about structuring a magazine article, and receive hands-on experience with how to approach journalistic writing.

SPEAKER: Fenella Saunders is Managing Editor of American Scientist, a magazine produced by Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society. She has previous experience in science writing and editing with Discover Magazine and the NYU School of Medicine's magazine, NYU Physician. Fenella has also freelanced for Popular Mechanics, Scholastic, The Learning Channel, and The Discovery Channel. She earned a bachelor's degree in computer science (Duke) and a master's degree in psychology and animal behavior (Hunter College).

After this event, Fenella Saunders will offer one-on-one advising. Slots are limited. To sign up for an advising session, use the registration button below and follow the instructions on the registration page.

This event is part of the Careers Beyond Academia series, co-sponsored by The Graduate School, Duke Career Center, and the Office of Postdoctoral Services. Questions? Contact Dr. Dave McDonald, Assistant Director of Graduate Career Services, at

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Room 001, Medical Science Research Building (MSRB)
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Event Category

  • Professional Development