The Hoskins Frame Summer Science Writing Scholars program provides opportunities for students to work in close collaboration with mentors in creative writing, the natural sciences and the Office of Communications. Science Writing Scholars will develop work in multiple genres, driven by their own creative and scientific interests, as well as their interactions with student and faculty researchers and communications professionals.

This program is open to students with interests in both science and creative expression, regardless of major. Selections for these competitive awards are made by faculty and staff affiliated with the Science and Nature Writing Program.

Dates & Deadlines

Applications are due March 30, 2021.

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Information for Students

The Hoskins Frame Summer Science Writing Scholar will work as part of the Summer Science Writing Workshop mentored by a faculty member from the Science and Nature Writing Program. The scholars will engage in a regular and sustained way with one or more summer research groups to learn about the research area through group meetings, readings, and to the extent feasible, participation in the work of the research team. Working with the Office of Communications, the scholar will also pitch and write at least one piece for a specified College communication channel. Based on these experiences and their own scientific interests, the scholar will complete a substantive writing project in the genre and medium of their choice. Depending on the creative interests of the Scholar, this project could range from a cycle of poems, to journalistic articles, to a short graphic novel. Their works will be archived on Digital Kenyon and presented as part of the Summer Research Presentation Session during Family Weekend in October.

The current fellowship award is $4,000 per student plus provision of on-campus housing. Students not requiring on-campus housing are not eligible for additional remuneration.

Each student will be able to purchase up to $500 in materials, equipment, or travel to directly support the writing project. Any materials, supplies and equipment will become the property of the College and remain with the Science and Nature Program after the summer. All expenses must be approved by the faculty mentor and submitted with original invoice or receipt to the administrative assistant for the faculty mentor’s department no later than the last day of October following the summer project. Funding for conference travel may be requested through a Provost’s Student Research Grant.

A complete proposal consists of:

Statement of Interest and Project Summary: Applicants should compose a clear, concise description of their scientific writing interests and a brief summary of their prospective writing project — limited to 2000 words and uploaded as a pdf.

Writing Sample: In addition to the above statement, applicants should upload a writing sample limited to 500 words. Excerpts of larger works are acceptable.

Students may not accept this award if they are participating in another summer program or have on-campus summer employment, and if they accept the award, they are expected to commit to the Hoskins Frame program and remove themselves from consideration in other programs.

Students who complete all requirements as stated above and who are endorsed by their faculty mentors will receive audit credit on their transcripts for this summer research experience. Students who will be abroad at the time of the presentation session may prepare materials in advance for display at the session, or they may present the following year to complete the requirements for audit credit. If neither of these options is feasible, other arrangements may be made with the approval of the associate provost and the student’s research mentor.