MBL Logan Science Journalism Program
The Logan Science Journalism Program at the MBL, founded in 1986, offers professional science journalists, writers, editors, and broadcast journalists a chance to forget about story deadlines and immerse themselves in the process of basic biomedical and environmental research. Room, board, course fees, and travel are covered for accepted fellows.
The program offers journalists the choice between two introductory, intensive research courses held at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and nearby field sites:
- For Science and Health Journalists:
Biomedical Hands-On Research Course
This program plunges journalists into the fascinating world of biological research in one of the most dynamic settings for scientific discovery in the world. Learn about the science at the heart of your stories by doing it alongside scientists at the MBL.
- For Environmental Journalists:
Environmental Hands-On Research Course
Participants experience field and laboratory science immersion at the MBL in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, a world center for marine, biomedical, and environmental science, and at an environmental field research site on Cape Cod.
Up to four fellows will be selected to spend an additional four days at the University of Chicago in the fall of 2018. The Chicago Fellows will attend the Science of Innovation Summit, which is designed to expose journalists to the inventions likely to positively impact human life and our planet a decade from now.
Biomedical Course alumni include journalists from well-known US and international media outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Public Radio, the BBC, Al Jazeera, Scientific American, and many more.
Staff seniority is not a criterion. A basic knowledge of biological principles and methods is advantageous, but is not essential.
Journalists who previously participated in the Biomedical Hands-On Research Course are eligible to apply for the Environmental Hands-On Research Course. Journalists who previously participated in the Environmental Hands-On Research Course are eligible to apply for the Biomedical Hands-On Research Course.
Applications from minority group members are strongly encouraged.
Biomedical Hands-On Research Course Faculty:
- Charles “Brad” Shuster, Ph.D., Course Co-Director
- Phong Tran, Ph.D., Course Co-Director
Environmental Hands-On Research Course Faculty:
- Anne Giblin, Ph.D., Course Director
- Richard McHorney, Course Coordinator
Funding and Support
Financial support for Logan Science Journalism Program Fellows includes travel to and from Woods Hole, housing, meals, and all costs associated with the Hands-On Research Course and other program activities. Fellows from other countries are responsible for paying fellowships taxes for foreign nationals. Support for Chicago Fellows includes travel to and from Chicago, housing, meals, and costs associated with the summit.
The Logan Science Journalism Program at the MBL is sponsored in part by:
- George & Helen H.B. Logan
- Friends and Alumni of the Science Journalism Program
- Golden Family Foundation
- Howard Hughes Medical Institute
- Irving Weinstein Foundation, Inc.
- Ross Foundation
- Byron H. Waksman Fund for Excellence in Science Communication
Please note there are two different applications: One for the Biomedical Hands-On Course and one for the Environmental Hands-On Course. Please be sure to fill out the correct application.
- Biomedical Hands-On Course Application
- Environmental Hands-On Course Application
Hands-On Course applicants who also wish to be considered for a Chicago Fellowship (to be held Oct. 28-31, 2018) will provide an additional essay with their application materials.
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