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Andrea Tamayo


My science writing story began in emergency rooms. As a medical scribe, I absorbed patient narratives and physician responses to write medical reports that bridged histories, symptoms, exams, and solutions.

While witnessing the impact of COVID-19 on patients and healthcare workers face-to-face, I studied the intimate details of the disease in a computational epidemiology lab at the University of Florida, synthesizing literature on outbreaks, immunity, and molecular biology to communicate emerging findings.

To share science with the Gainesville community, I devoted my senior year to creating an online magazine with friends that shared stories of the land's history, and voices of community leaders, scientists, and artists. I spent the few months after graduating studying COVID-19 among other infectious diseases, celebrating research with the University of Florida's science magazine, Explore, and writing about genomics for the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.

I'm thrilled to be covering science at the Raleigh News and Observer this summer and am so thankful to AAAS for this opportunity and the Heising-Simons Foundation for sponsoring this fellowship!


Headshot portrait of Andrea Tamayo, wearing a white collared shirt and smiling at the camera
Photo Credit: Misty Jones Photography

University of Florida

Fellowship Sponsor: Heising-Simons Foundation

Fellowship Host: The News & Observer