January 2018

Winter is here in the Research Triangle Park, but the Fund is gearing up for a new slate of grant programs coming your way in 2018.  A few programs are open and accepting applications:

  • Collaborative Research Travel Grants | Deadline: Feb. 1, 2018
  • Career Guidance for Trainees | Deadline:  March 6, 2018
  • Student STEM Enrichment Program | Deadline: April 18, 2018

Stay tuned as more programs will be announced in the spring by signing up for our newsletter, FOCUS.

How early STEM programs and mentors paved the way for a career in science

When Ishmail Abdus-Saboor was 14, he turned the third floor of his parents’ Philadelphia home into his personal laboratory. There in Germantown, he carefully tended to his experimental subjects, hundreds of freshwater crayfish, which he kept in dozens of shoebox-sized plastic containers. He clipped off various appendages of the unlucky crustaceans, then plied them with ginseng to see if the popular herbal remedy helped them regenerate their lost limbs or claws faster. The experiment took his entire freshman year at Central High School to complete, and earned him first place in the Citywide Science Fair.

John Burris and A View from Philanthropy on the Future of Science Communication

On November 16, 2017, Burroughs Wellcome Fund President Dr. John Burris addressed the future of science communication at the Arthur Sackler Colloquia on the Science of Science Communication inWashington, DC. Burris emphasized the need for scientists to better communicate with other scientists and have a better understanding of their audience and goals, particularly in the area of oral presentations. Video of the talk and Twitter highlights of the conversation are at the link below. You can follow the Fund on Twitter at @bwfund.

Navigating a key component of a successful research program

Historically, science communications was the responsibility of the media and institutional press offices. But, with the continued growth of new and social media and the dramatic changes to traditional media, knowing how to navigate communications will be a boon to your research. The purpose of this article is to help you understand why communicating your science is important, and give you steps you can take to communicate your story effectively.

Burroughs Wellcome Fund an integral part of the global science conversation

Coming from 73 different countries, nearly 1,400 science journalists and writers gathered in San Francisco, California, this October for the 10th World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ 2017). The conference was made possible in part by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, and BWF programs and grantees were an integral part of this global conversation.