Students and faculty at Northwestern may have heard of the Scientific Images Contest, but the program is far more than a cash-prize competition. Selected research-based images are professionally mounted for exhibitions across the Chicago area. Each exhibition is accompanied by events and activities which provide key science outreach training and opportunities for the researchers involved.
While we acknowledge that January 1 is not astronomically significant in any way whatsoever (we hear you, Neil deGrasse Tyson!), we also know that, for many people, the new year is a time for reflection, renewal, and goal-setting.
Applications are now open for Northwestern STEM+ PhD candidates interested in developing their science writing and communication skills. Skills & Careers in Science Writing is a free, evening course which trains graduate students to distil scientific ideas into engaging, reader-friendly stories for lay audiences and provides networking and exposure to science writing and communication professionals.
A year ago, we launched a new course for graduate student scientists to hone their writing and communication practice. Twelve months later, many of our students are embracing these skills and sharing their enthusiasm with readers across the country.
Now in its fifth year, the Scientific Images Contest has become a landmark event for Science in Society. Each spring Northwestern scientists submit images connected to the contemporary research on campus. A panel of artists, scientists and community leaders the select prize-winning images which tour venues across Evanston and Chicago.