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Science is fundamentally about people. Either the people who do it, or the people who are affected by it. We want both the human and the science!

Your Meta-Narrative

An important goal is to share an account, context, or interpretation of events, thoughts, ideas, and circumstances that provides a foundation for your actions and gives meaning to your experiences in science.

Tell a Story

Don't just list things. Try to tell a story. Connect the different parts of your story. Make it flow. Tell a story of moments on your journey in science. Provide advice and share the lessons you have learned.

Explore

Explore the stories we have published. Some good examples include stories by Tyler Ford, Marguerite Matthews, Julia Bates, and Tyler Allen. However, please feel free to be creative. We are looking for diverse stories.

Target

Please aim to write somewhere in the 1000-1500 word neighborhood. You can always write more! What is more important is to tell a captivating story.

Questions to Help You Write

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More Guidelines

Some additional things to think about!

Be specific – Don’t just generalize your journey. Ensure your story has a core thesis/message that you expand and support with examples throughout your story. It is very important that you share details that will allow you to place the reader in your shoes. Be specific regarding some of the experiences you share. It is up to you how much you want to share but do try to give some detailed insight. Don’t just write I struggled with X and Y.  Instead you should try to place the reader in that moment in time and build the context around which you faced your challenges. Be specific! What went through your mind? Allow the reader to be in the moment. The key is to provide enough details that readers become engaged with your story. Stay focused on your core message and use detailed/well connected examples from your journey that support your core message. Again, don’t just list things and rush over the details. Tell a story. Provide advice and share the lessons you have learned along the way. Don’t feel obliged to tell your entire life story. It is perfectly fine to focus on one area of your journey and tell that story.
Other examples include the following: Instead of saying “I was intrigued by science from a young age,” consider expanding this statement and providing details about what specifically intrigued you. Take the reader to specific moments in time. Was it a particular experiment you learned about in school? What went through your mind? Was it a specific mentor you admired? Was it a teacher that said something that stuck with you? What did they say? Are you a graduate student? You can expand on HOW you got to working on the scientific problem you are working on. Why do YOU find the problem interesting? You can share some insights into those “Aha” moments in the lab when you saw something under the microscope (for example) that literally no one else in the world had seen yet. Or may be it’s a story about a paper you just published recently or in the past? Go for it! Take us on your journey to publishing that paper! Be descriptive. Tell a story. Again, provide some advice and share the lessons you have learned. Keep in mind that some of the stories may be used for ‘journal club style’ lessons whereby trainees in science and the public study/discuss your journey and extract important lessons.  
You must also expand on the challenges you have faced… failed experiments, impostor syndrome, procrastination, writers block, etc. Again, tell a story with the ups and downs. Take the reader on a journey
Or perhaps you are a non-scientist (member of public) who is just interested in science. You can also provide specifics about what it is in science you are drawn to and why. May be there were specific barriers that stopped you from pursuing studies in science? May be you are a family member of someone in science?  Tell your story!
Although not standardized, many K-20 programs now understand that students and others should learn about the lives of scientists and those involved in science in order to provide them with greater insight into the real-life journeys behind the science, and to also inspire them to pursue educational and career opportunities in STEM (explore the United States Next Generation Science Standards). We attempt to align the stories we publish to these standards. As such, we encourage you to keep in mind that your stories may be used by educators around the world in classrooms for educational purposes.  

Submission Instructions

Required in your submission (word doc) 

A captivating Title for your story

A short biographical paragraph about you

3 Key Points that Readers can take away from your story

Please send your story to: storiesinsci@gmail.com

Please note that not all stories are accepted for publication. After submission, we will let you know whether we have selected your story for the review process. 

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Review Process

Please note that not all stories are accepted for publication. After submission, we will let you know whether we have selected your story for the review process.

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