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 a committee of faculty and staff affiliated with the Science and Nature Writing Program with input from the Office of Communications.

Program Requirements

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 Science Program 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 develop 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. 

Student works will be archived on Digital Kenyon and presented as part of the Summer Research Presentation Session during Family Weekend in October.

Student Eligibility

The Hoskins Frame Summer Science Writing Scholars Program supports students from any major, but they must be able to display clear interest in both science and creative writing. Students are eligible to apply for the summer after their sophomore, or junior year. Prior involvement in Kenyon’s Science and Nature Writing Program is not required, but it may help produce a more compelling application. Students may only be supported for one summer.


A complete proposal consists of the Application Form, Project Description and Writing Sample. 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. In the same document, the student should append a writing sample limited to 500 words. Excerpts of larger works are acceptable. The Project Description and Writing Sample should be uploaded as a single pdf as part of the application.

Awards will be announced in late March. Notification will be by email, copying the faculty mentor. Students may not accept this award if they are participating in another summer research program or if they have on-campus summer employment, and if they accept the award, they are expected to commit to the KSS program and remove themselves from consideration in other programs.

Selection Criteria

Hoskins Frame Summer Science Writing Scholars proposals will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • The potential for the scholar to generate writing that communicates artfully and with precision about science, with the goal of deepening our understanding of the natural world and our place in it.
  • The potential for the scholar to engage creatively with research supported by the Summer Science Scholars program.
  • Considerations of disciplinary and student diversity, equity and inclusion.

Fellowship and Expenses

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.

A budget of $500 is provided to purchase materials, equipment, or travel that directly supports the creative project. Any durable materials, supplies, and equipment will become the property of the College and remain with the faculty mentor’s department or at the Kenyon Farm 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. Additional funding for conference travel may be requested through a Provost’s Student Research Grant.

Transcript Notation

Students who complete all requirements as stated above and who are endorsed by their faculty mentors will receive notation on their transcripts for this summer research experience. Students who will be abroad at the time of the poster session may prepare their presentation in advance for display at the session, or they may present in the summer science poster session 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.

Human Subjects Research

Students awarded a summer research scholarship whose research involves the use of human subjects, must apply to the Kenyon College Institutional Review Board (IRB) for review of their research protocol. Information about the IRB application may be found on the IRB web page. IRB applications should be submitted well in advance of the start dates of your program and research.

Dates & Deadlines

Applications are due Friday, March 3, 2023, by midnight.