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Increasing public understanding of science and technology is a principal goal of AAAS. For some 40 years the Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellows Program has helped develop scientists, engineers, and mathematicians who are well-versed in communicating complex ideas to a general audience via placement in media sites across the United States. The importance of increasing public understanding of scientific issues, like the environment and health, is increasing. Reaching out to specific communities, especially those not well served by mainstream science media, is required to make sure science communication and education is available to everyone. We wish to focus on serving the growing Latino populations of the US by supporting science communication and education in the language of those communities and by addressing issues of importance to the communities.
For the first time in 2014, AAAS recruited two Spanish Language Fellows to expand the work with mainstream Spanish news outlets to bring science news to Spanish speaking communities. AAAS plans to continue the program and recruit Spanish Language Fellows indefinitely.
The Spanish Language Mass Media Fellows application is identical to the regular Mass Media Fellows Application (including criteria). Details can be found within the APPLY tab.
All application materials must be submitted online by 11:59pm EST, 15 January 2017.
The 2017 Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellows Program Application can be accessed here: http://massmedia.aaas.org.
In terms of the application packet, some of the pieces should be submitted in English and some in Spanish. Please see below for the requirements.
- A fully complete online application form
- A copy of your resume or CV (please include any honors, awards, and relevant activities) (English)
- General Writing Sample: ONE 2 to 3 page brief sample of your writing that is on any subject (science or non-science topic) and directed toward a non-scientific audience (in terms appropriate for the general public). Please do not include technical or journal articles (English or Spanish)
- Sample News Story: A 750-word ‘news’ story for the general public summarizing a science, mathematics or engineering journal article from the past 6 months (published after July 1, 2015) and describing what the study’s findings are, why the study’s findings are important and what impact it will have on the public (Spanish)
- Source Article: The source journal article used to write your Sample News Story (the news article itself should be in English)
- Candidate Questions: Responses to each of the 7 reflective questions found within the application (English)
- Three letters of recommendation (to be uploaded online by your recommender or mailed directly to the program by the recommender, but not both). At least two of these letters should be from faculty members who can comment on your academic work (English, unless otherwise approved)
- Unofficial transcripts of your undergraduate and graduate work (to be uploaded online or mailed directly to the program, but not both).
Applicants are required to be fluent in speaking and reading in Spanish. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply for both the traditional Mass Media Fellowship (in English) and the Spanish Language Fellowship. If you choose to apply for both, applicants will need to fill out two separate applications, and therefore will need to create two separate logins using two different email addresses. Please email [email protected] if you plan on applying to both Fellowships.
Again, the Spanish Language Mass Media Fellows application is identical to the regular Mass Media Fellows Application (including criteria). Further details can be found within the APPLY tab.
The 2017 Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program Application can be accessed athttp://massmedia.aaas.org. Complete applications must be submitted by midnight EST, 15 Jan 2017 to be considered.
Please email [email protected] if you have any additional questions.