This 10-week summer program places science, engineering, and mathematics students at media organizations nationwide. Fellows use their academic training as they research, write, and report today’s headlines, sharpening their abilities to communicate complex scientific issues to the public.
The program is made possible thanks in large part to the generous sponsors who help fund the Fellowships each year. Their support is an invaluable asset for the program. However, the Fellows are not the only ones who benefit from this relationship. The sponsoring organizations gain from having critical mass media communications skills resident among people from their disciplinary areas. And, many current and former sponsors have cultivated long-term relationships with their Fellows.
The affiliates, foundations and other private organizations that financially contributed to the 2015 Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellows Program are:
- American Chemical Society
- American Geophysical Union
- American Mathematical Society
- American Physical Society
- American Physiological Society
- American Society of Plant Biologists
- Burroughs Wellcome Fund
- The Heising-Simons Foundation
- The Noyce Foundation
- Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics
The Host Sites
Each year different media sites agree to host a AAAS Mass Media Fellow. Some of the sites have been with the program for many years and say they enjoy the experience as much as the Fellows. The on-site mentor and the staff the Fellows work with each day are an integral part of the program as they guide the Fellow through the ins and outs of journalism and communicating with the public. Once a Fellow is selected for the program they are assigned to a media site. The 2014 host sites were: