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A positive external review, internships here and abroad, and
continued job-placement success have highlighted 2013 for the STJR
program. Applications have been arriving for 2014, and the program
looks forward to more.
At Texas A&M University, each program undergoes external
review every 7 years. In spring 2013, the STJR program underwent
review. Beforehand, it prepared an extensive
self-study report. Reviewers then visited the campus.
The reviewers wrote that “the program has been very effective in
training students for a variety of science communication
professions.” They also offered ideas for developing the program
During the year, STJR students did internships at varied sites.
Among them: the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (in
Italy), the MD Anderson Cancer Center, the Texas Heart Institute,
and Texas Sea Grant.
Other highlights of the year included trips of STJR students to
the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual
meeting, the American Medical Writers Association annual
conference, and other professional meetings.
STJR students have been in high demand for jobs. Recently
accepted positions include assistant managing editor at BioScience
Writers, biomedical editor at Cadent Medical Communications, and
science communication coordinator at a major Mexican
Review of applications for fall 2014 entry has begun. For top
consideration, candidates should apply by February 1. The program
coordinator, Dr. Barbara Gastel (firstname.lastname@example.org), is
glad to answer questions.
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