The Biology Reporters Program

APPLY NOW before September 8, 2023 for the 2023-24 academic year!

This is a new, non-credit, two-semester program open to Biology Honours, Majors, and Minors. Students apply for admission and are required to meet monthly through the fall and winter semesters for workshops about science journalism, science communication, and writing in general. Each student pitches a story idea that has a link to the Biology Department; and over the two semesters, writes, refines and publishes a feature article, either online or in a print venue.

In the inaugural year, we had five students complete the program.

C. Warren wrote an article about the campus apiary, a project initiated by Dr. Tom Chapman.

Ayesha Quadri highlights how we can use the ocean as a research laboratory, featuring some of the research work of Dr. Suzanne Dufour.

Emma Mitchell wrote the first in what we hope will be a series of articles that describe the biology of some of our provincial symbols. Emma dives into some interesting biology of the provincial flower, Saraccenia pupera.

Chloe Diamond investigates the science behind zoonotic diseases, featuring an interview with Dr. Andrew Lang. Chloe has written her story for outdoors people concerned about disease risk that is going to be published in an upcoming issue of Ebb and Flow, the magazine of Paddle Newfoundland and Labrador.

Alyssa Forget describes the benefits and challenges of interdisciplinary research that extends beyond biology, using the work of Dr. Jeanette Wheeler as an example.

The second round of the Biology Reporters program will start in September 2023, with applications due in early September (watch this page and social media for announcements!). If you are interested in learning more about the Biology Reporters program, you can contact the faculty mentor for the program, Dr. Yolanda Wiersma