HELIX magazine

Online Magazine

HELIX magazine connects the public with cutting-edge research and scientific frontiers both at Northwestern University and worldwide.

Researchers, including graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, are often at the forefront of research but their specialized training has provided little experience sharing their work (and their love of science) with the public.

HELIX contributors receive training and support in science writing and communication from our dedicated editorial team. We help students, staff, faculty and even alumni share their research and the wonders of modern science with an international readership. 

One-on-one support and editorial training includes:

  • communicating effectively to a public audience
  • employing writing techniques to explain complicated scientific topics
  • developing narrative skills to engage lay-readers with complex ideas
  • honing writing skills over multiple drafts and revisions
  • opportunities to share the important research being conducted at Northwestern with the community. 

All contributors write about their own research or areas of scientific interest. Previous articles have explored the decimation of American bee populations; paleoartists and drawing dinosaurs; your brain on spicy food; quantum physics; and even the thalidomide tragedy of the 1960s and the history of drug regulation.

Last year the magazine and blog received more than 220,000 unique visitors from across the globe. Browse previous contributions at helix.northwestern.edu.


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Interested in writing for HELIX?

Northwestern students, faculty, staff and alumni are welcome to be a part of the magazine's writers corps. Contact HELIX Editor, Sara Grady, to talk about the training program and upcoming editorial calendar at sara.grady@northwestern.edu.

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