Science Writing

Science Writing

Are you a science graduate student, postdoc or junior faculty interested in science writing?
Do you want to tell engaging stories about discoveries in science and medicine to a broad audience?
This is for you….



  • UNDERGRADS: JOU4930 (Sect. 24907)
  • GRAD STUDENTS: MMC6905, email: for registration form for your advisor to sign

Mon. Periods 9,10 (4:05-4:55, 5:10-6pm)

Wed. Period 9 (4:05-4:55 pm)

Room: 1098 Weimer Hall

Graduate & Undergraduate students:

The course introduces and provides opportunities to practice writing about science and medicine for general audiences.

Our guest speakers have included such science writing luminaries as:

  • Carl Zimmer, New York Times columnist; author, She Has Her Mother’s Laugh
  • Nancy Shute, Editor-in-chief, Science News; past president, National Association of Science Writers (NASW)
  • Alan Boyle, President, Council for the Advancement of Science Writing (CASW); science editor, GeekWire; formerly science editor, com
  • Robin Lloyd, Vice president, CASW; formerly news editor, Scientific American
  • Christie Aschwanden, Author, Good to Go: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn from the Strange Science of Recovery
  • Dennis Meredith, Author, Explaining Research; science consultant
  • Erik Vance, Author, Suggestible You; freeelancer, National Geographic, Discover
  • Maggie Koerth-Baker, Senior science writer, FiveThirtyEight
  • Ros Reid, Executive director, Council for the Advancement of Science


For more information email instructor Dr. Czerne Reid:

Postdoc Editors Association


The UF Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is pleased to announce the creation of the UF Postdoctoral Editors Association (UF-PEA), a service to help postdocs who seek to improve English grammar and writing style.  The UF-PEA is comprised of postdoc volunteers from multiple colleges across the University who will offer preliminary review of manuscripts, grant applications, posters, slides and other scholarly presentations.  While this service will be most useful to postdocs who speak English as a second language, the service is free and open to all postdocs at UF.  Our editors will provide feedback on structure and style of writing, but refrain from commenting on scholarship which is best honed by interactions between the postdoc and their mentor.  UF-PEA will facilitate higher level postdoc-mentor interactions by reducing time spent on basic writing needs.

Find out more or submit a document for review at our website!

Do you love telling stories about new discoveries in science and health?

Do you see ideas for interesting stories all around you?

Is your favorite part of Science and Nature the science news articles?

If any or all of the above apply, then science writing could be a viable career option for you!

The Science Writing Career Interest Team is here to help you explore the possibilities.

This career interest team provides a venue for graduate students and postdocs to learn more about science writing as a career, engage in relevant activities, and gain valuable experience.  Activities are being planned now.  If you are interested in being a part of this team from the start and attending an organizational meeting, please contact Dr. Czerne Reid.

In the meantime, please see below for a list of resources and opportunities.


Science Writing Organizations

Science Writing and Related Conferences