Want to share your story? You have come to the right place! The goal is to share experiences from your journey or interaction with science. Then proceed to expand on how this experience impacted you and what you learned from it. It is important to also discuss the challenges you have faced, and also the triumphs you have experienced so far in your journey. As an example, please read these stories submitted by Professor Robert Sapolsky, Marguerite Matthews, Julia Bates, and Tyler Allen. However, please feel free to be creative. We are looking for diverse stories. Please aim to write somewhere between 800-1000 words. You can always write more! What is more important is to tell a captivating story. We would also kindly request you send us your high resolution headshot as well. Please send your headshot (jpg) and story (word doc; don’t forget the title) to: email@example.com
Be specific – Don’t just generalize your journey. 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 say “the experiment did not work”. Instead you may say “my attempt to express and visualize protein X did not work because I was using the wrong protocol”. The key is to provide some details that readers may be able to relate to.
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. Was it a particular experiment you learned about in school? 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. You can share insight 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. You can also expand on the challenges you have faced… failed experiments, impostor syndrome, procrastination, writers block, etc.
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 you there were specific barriers that stopped you from pursuing studies in science. Please do share!
And of course, you can provide encouraging words as you see fit.
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