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Science, AAAS select two for new minority internship

AAAS and the journal Science have named the first two recipients of a new summer internship for minority undergraduate students pursuing careers in science journalism.

Genevra Ann Ornelas of California State University-Fresno and Cathy Tran of the University of California-Santa Barbara will begin their 10-week internships in June at the Washington, D.C., headquarters of Science, one of the most prestigious and widely read journals in the world.

Under the guidance of the weekly journal's award-winning staff of writers and editors, Tran and Ornelas will help reporters gather information for news stories; attend scientific meetings, congressional hearings and press briefings; and work on their own stories for the journal or for Science Now, the daily online news service of Science.

The internship is part of a wider effort by AAAS and the general scientific community to diversify the voices of science news reporting. Since science is a global enterprise that affects everybody, those who cover it should reflect that diversity.

"The goal is to expose the interns to science writing by showing them what science writers do," said Jeffrey Mervis, Science deputy news editor and head of the Minority Science Writers Internship program.

"We hope they'll learn that it can be as much fun, if not more, than covering other beats. And we hope that they'll carry that message with them--back to their campus, or to their first job. Maybe they'll volunteer to cover a science story that they otherwise would have avoided. Or maybe they'll convince their editor that science is important enough to warrant more coverage."

Which is exactly what Ornelas, a graduating senior, plans to do upon the completion of her Science internship. She said that her community newspaper's coverage of science tends to be untimely and doesn't delve deeply enough into the subject. Her campus newspaper doesn't even cover sci
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Contact: Lonnie Shekhtman
lshekhtm@aaas.org
202-326-6434
American Association for the Advancement of Science
9-May-2005


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