Graduate & Undergraduate Students: Apply to the NASW Mentoring Program at AAAS 2020

Are you a graduate or undergraduate student looking for guidance on how to establish a career in science writing? Are you curious about how senior science writers do their jobs? Find out through the NASW Mentoring Program, which will pair graduate and undergraduate students with established science writers during the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting, Feb. 13-16 in Seattle, Washington.

To apply, complete the form below. The application deadline is Monday, Jan. 20, 2020.

Successful applicants must attend an orientation, 4-5 pm Friday, Feb. 14. The mentoring program does not provide funding for travel to AAAS.

The program is limited by the number of mentors who volunteer. Participants are selected by the NASW Education Committee, and spots generally are assigned in the order in which applications are received.

ALL APPLICANTS MUST JOIN NASW BY FEB. 1 to be eligible to participate. Membership status will be checked. Please go to to apply for student membership. Note that signing up to view content on is not the same as joining NASW. Please double check that you are a member before arriving at the program venues. Contact the NASW Education Committee at if you have questions about membership.

Mentors and mentees will decide together how to spend their time. Some mentors may ask students to shadow them for a day or half-day, showing them how they select talks and press conferences for coverage. Others may choose to meet over lunch or breakfast and be available for questions throughout the meeting.

To gain access to press-only areas at the meeting, students must register separately with the AAAS Newsroom.

Thank you,
Czerne Reid & Ashley Yeager
Co-Chairs, Education Committee
National Association of Science Writers (NASW)

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