Curious SCIENCE Writers

Event Date: 
Monday, July 13, 2020 to Monday, August 31, 2020

Summer Opportunity for 10th and 11th Graders to Explore the World of Science Communications

Do you know a 10th or 11th grader who is fascinated by life science, interested in explaining it to others and loves to write? Curious SCIENCE Writers (cSw), is an innovative steAm initiative that trains high school communicators how to translate science for public audiences through the team efforts of student writers, editors, artists and social media coordinators.  The program features a week-long writing boot camp in the DC/MD area followed by a month of story development under the remote guidance of a professional science communications mentor.  At the conclusion of the program, each writer will have produced a fully researched, clear and compelling biomedical science story for a general audience.  Final story editing and publishing will take place throughout the 2020-2021 academic year. 

This two-minute video offers some insights from past graduates of the program.  You can view the results of the cSw program on the Americans for Medical Progress blog and on Facebook.  

Key Dates:

Application Period: Open until April 1, 2020 or until all slots are filled.

cSw Boot Camp: July 13 – 17, 2020: Daily program from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on the campus of the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD.  Lunch and snacks provided.

Story Development: July 18 – August 31, 2020

Story Editing and Publishing: September – June 2020

Americans for Medical Progress is also looking for professional communicators to serve as mentors and scientists who are willing to be interviewed about their work.

For more information or to apply, visit  Questions can be emailed to

This program is hosted by Americans for Medical Progress.

Media Contacts

Robert Shalett
Director of Communications 

Without research, there is no hope.
The Honorable Paul G. Rogers