Applications open for QB3-Berkeley’s science writing workshop

Applications are now open for QB3-Berkeley’s graduate student and postdoc science writing workshop, Science Writing for the Public: Share Your Research and Connect with Audiences. This three-part workshop will give participants training in writing science communications for a general audience. Description, timeline, and application details below.

Workshop Description

Writer, editor, and QB3-Berkeley communications manager Mackenzie Smith will host a three-part workshop to help graduate students and postdocs learn to write about research for general audiences. This workshop will provide QB3-Berkeley scientists with a roadmap for drafting a general interest article, blog post, interview, profile, or photo essay that highlights their research or a related area of study. Workshop participants will gain insight into writing for lay audiences and experience working with an editor, culminating in an opportunity to publish a piece on QB3-Berkeley’s website this summer or during the 2021-2022 academic year. Participants who complete the workshop and publish their work on QB3-Berkeley’s website may also have the opportunity for their piece to be crossposted and promoted via additional UC Berkeley channels, including The Berkeleyan, Transcript Newsletter, and social media. Take a look at the articles, interviews, and profiles published on our website by past Science Writing for the Public participants.


  • Application deadline: Monday, May 3rd, 2021
  • Applicant notification: Thursday, May 6th, 2021
  • Workshop begins: Monday, May 17th, 2021

Spring 2021 workshop dates

  • Monday, May 17th, 10:00-11:00 am
  • Wednesday, May 19th, 10:00-11:00 am
  • Friday, May 21st, 10:00-11:00 am

Additional details and participant expectations

  • The workshop will be capped at 12 participants.
  • To participate in this workshop, applicants must be a student in the Computational Biology or Biophysics graduate programs, or be a graduate student or postdoc in a QB3-Berkeley faculty affiliate’s lab. Please visit our website for a list of QB3-Berkeley faculty affiliates.
  • Participants can expect to spend about an hour of preparation time before workshop sessions two and three.
  • Upon completion of the workshop, students and postdocs should commit to submitting a piece for publication on the QB3-Berkeley website. Participants will then work with QB3-Berkeley communications manager Mackenzie Smith to revise, edit, and publish their work this summer or over the 2021-2022 academic year.


Graduate students and postdocs should apply here. The deadline to apply is Monday, May 3rd 2021.

Please direct any questions to QB3-Berkeley communications manager Mackenzie Smith.