University of North Carolina-Asheville
Physics Today Science Writing Intern
American Institute of Physics
While all of science journalism shares broad, universal themes, each media outlet has nuanced differences that give them unique voices and niche functions in society. Physics Today, for instance, is a unique outlet that targets an audience of experienced physicists. This presentation follows the process of writing a science story– from gathering ideas to final publication– in a Physics Today context. I will recount my own experiences as an intern in order to to both introduce the process of science writing and elaborate on what distinguishes Physics Today from its competitors.
I am a graduating senior from the University of North Carolina at Asheville with a major in physics and minors in astronomy and mathematics. I am the president of our SPS chapter, and during my time at UNCA, I’ve worked as a research assistant studying winds produced by high-redshift galaxies. This past summer, I also participated in a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where I tested instrumentation for the upcoming IceCube Gen2 neutrino telescope. I have a particular interest in cosmology and particle astrophysics, but as I prepare to apply for graduate schools, I still find it difficult to narrow my curiosity to a single subject.
In addition to academics, I worked as a trip leader and office supervisor for our campus Outdoor Programs. This gave me the chance to dedicate time to some of my hobbies– hiking, backpacking, and rock climbing. One of my lifelong pastimes, though, has been writing. This passion reaches back to middle school, when I was convinced that I’d swiftly become a prolific and successful author. My summer internship with Physics Today brings my two life passions together, allowing me to explore my curiosity as a scientist and sharpen my skills as a writer. With this in mind, I’m excited to see what the summer will bring.