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. 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. 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 in the 1000 word neighborhood. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
- Your Headshot (jpg)
PLEASE CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD AN EXAMPLE SUBMISSION FOR REFERENCE
Some Tips To Consider
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 should try to place the reader in that moment in time when the experiment did not work. What specifically failed? What went through your mind? Allow them to “feel” what you felt. The key is to provide enough details that readers become engaged with your story. Again, don’t just list things. Tell a story. 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? 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 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. Be descriptive.
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 you there were specific barriers that stopped you from pursuing studies in science. Please do share! Tell a story!
And of course, you can provide encouraging closing words as you see fit.
Read our interview with Elsevier
Read about Stories in Science
Filmmaker Andrew Stanton (“Toy Story,” “WALL-E”) shares on “The Clues To A Great Story.”
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