Scholarship holders can choose between two intensive introductory courses:
- Practical biomedical research course
- The course is designed to provide fellows with practical laboratory experience in implementing some of the cutting-edge methods that underpin exciting developments in modern biomedical research.
- Fellows have a unique opportunity to discover how fundamental biomedical researchers approach questions, in an institution renowned for contributing to the understanding of life at the cellular and molecular levels.
- In collaboration with scientists from the Marine Biology Laboratory, the fellows will collect, analyse and interpret data. The main focus is on practical activities with two experimental axes: the human microbiome and gene editing using CRISPR-Cas9.
- At the end of this intensive 10-day course, the fellows will interpret and present some of their laboratory data to their colleagues at a mini-symposium. As well as spending time in the lab, the fellows will have formal and informal discussions with scientists on topics ranging from the fundamentals of molecular biology to science culture and policy.
- Practical environmental research course
- This intensive course introduces fellows to the experiments scientists conduct and the measurements they make to discover the complex ways in which added nitrogen alters coastal ecosystems, such as their ability to track sea level rise and their impacts on marine organisms and coastal food webs. .
- Fellows will conduct field and laboratory measurements that answer questions about how added nitrogen affects estuaries, marshes and eelgrass habitats. They will work in an ecosystem-scale "space-time" experiment in Cape Cod's Waquoit Bay, where watershed development has added nitrogen and caused eutrophication.
- The fellows will take measurements to estimate the nitrogen load in a local estuary. They will also take samples to determine whether eutrophication increases or decreases the ability of salt marshes to keep pace with rising sea levels, and examine how it alters plants and animals in food webs. They will work with scientists from the Marine Biology Laboratory to analyse their samples, interpret their data and present it to their colleagues at a mini-symposium.
Funding and support
- Financial support for Logan Science Journalism Fellows includes travel to and from Woods Hole, accommodation, meals and all costs associated with the practical research course and other programme activities.
- Foreign nationals accepted onto the programme must obtain a visa and will be reimbursed the visa fee.
- Applicants must be professional science journalists, writers, editors or producers with at least three years' experience. Preference will be given to applicants who do not have significant previous experience in scientific research. A basic knowledge of biological principles and methods is advantageous but not essential.
- Journalists who have already taken part in the biomedical practical research course can apply for the environmental practical research course, and vice versa.
- Candidates from under-represented sectors are strongly encouraged to apply. Foreign nationals may apply. If accepted into the programme, foreign nationals must hold or obtain a visa to enter the United States.
For more information, please visit the Marine Biology Laboratory .