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Vanessa Vieites


I recently completed my PhD in Psychology specializing in Developmental Science at Florida International University, where I studied neurological and cognitive predictors of individual differences in young children's learning and memory abilities. Along the way, I earned a minor in Quantitative Methods and a certificate in Women's and Gender Studies. But writing was my first love--ever since I was a kid journaling in her diary and writing poems about unrequited crushes. I began my venture into science communication when I was invited, along with my graduate advisor, to write a lay summary of one of our research studies for the website Atlas of Science. I then sought other opportunities to write for general audiences, interning at my university's newspaper, FIU News, as well as The National Association of Science Writers Virtual Mentoring Program. I've also freelanced for The Open Notebook, Medium publications such as The Xylom and SciShortform, Temblor, and Massive Science.  I'm fortunate to have been introduced to the Mass Media Fellowship, where I could combine my affinity for writing with my quest for knowledge and share it with others. I'm thrilled to be part of The Conversation US this summer. 


Vanessa Vieites stands in front of a tree with her hair over her shoulder and smiles at the camera.

Florida International University

Fellowship Sponsor: American Association for the Advancement of Science

Fellowship Host: The Conversation