STJR Students Back at Texas A&M After Internships
Posted August 27, 2015
From editing technical documents about innovative devices to
writing press releases about medical studies and features about the
latest space research, STJR students doing internships had a
productive and exciting summer.
Iveliz Martel: Medical Writing at Johns Hopkins
Iveliz Martel spent the summer working with Johns
Hopkins Medicine, a major health care institution in Baltimore,
Maryland. During her internship, Iveliz helped science writers and
video producers to write press releases and pitch stories to media
outlets in the United States and Latin America.
She said she enjoyed working with people like Joann Rodgers,
author of a chapter in A Field Guide for Science
Writers, which Iveliz read in one of her STJR classes.
“Seeing how Joann edited my press releases helped me tremendously
to see how scientific topics can be communicated in a clear and
concise way,” Iveliz said.
One of the press releases Iveliz wrote is already
published online, and others will be released later in the
fall. Iveliz, who entered the STJR program in fall 2014 as a
Fulbright grantee from Chile, previously worked as a reporter and
media producer for Chilean radio station Radio Cooperativa.
Roberto Molar: Science Writing at NASA
Just a few miles south of Iveliz,
Roberto Molar Candanosa wrote news and features for NASA's Goddard
Space Flight Center, in Greenbelt, Maryland.
He is proudest of his
Jupiter Great Read Spot story, which media outlets like
Astronomy magazine, EarthSky, Space.com, AOL, MSN, and ABC picked
Roberto loved working with talented NASA science writers, who
helped him improve his skills in conveying complex material with
engaging and clear language. He feels glad to have met outstanding
scientists, like Goddard cosmologist John Mather, who won a Nobel
Prize for his work shedding light on the origins of the
Roberto said working at NASA left him with an admiration for the
stars and a desire to tell others why they always should look up.
He did a previous internship in summer 2014 in the Scientific
Publications department of The University of Texas MD Anderson
Cancer Center, and he plans to complete his thesis and graduate in
Claire Ronner: Technical Writing at National Instruments
Farther south and west from Iveliz and Roberto,
Claire Ronner did her internship in Austin, Texas. She worked at
National Instruments, a company that develops technology for
industries including healthcare, electronics, and particle physics.
Claire wrote and edited user guides, product specifications, and
Claire's STJR background proved useful in her internship,
especially because the documents she worked with involved putting
complex instructions into approachable language for users. “Much of
what I wrote used many of the core principles we learned in STJR:
writing clearly and concisely and directly stating the information
you’re trying to convey,” she said.
Claire’s internship has led to a full-time job with National
Instruments, and she is happy to return there as she completes her
master’s in fall 2015. Claire, who has a bachelor’s in journalism
from Indiana University, began her STJR studies while working as an
information specialist for the Texas Department of Transportation
and entered the STJR program fulltime in fall 2014.
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