I am not a science major. When I discussed my new ‘science internship’ with my family, my mother laughed, “you almost failed high school science.” She’s right, I had never loved science. Before I took a Scientific Writing class last semester, I hadn’t ever understood how interesting and exciting science could be. As an English writing major, I think it’s really important to introduce science to non-scientists in a fun and creative way. I believe in an innate connection between science and the arts which I want to bring to the Quark.
I decided early on in the internship that I wanted to start a column for the DU Quark where I would create a relationship with readers. I feel that a Q and A may best allow me to achieve both a personal connection to readers as well as an easy-to-read format. I’ve been struggling a lot with deciding how I should go about formatting each column post. Recently, I came up with these steps for myself as I create each article: I will first take a question that many people may be interested in reading. I will then find scientific journals and articles on that topic and combine them to create a readable and easy to understand answer to a somewhat complex scientific problem. This way, scientists will have access to the data that I have found through legitimate cited sources, and non-scientists will have easy answers to more difficult questions. In order to come up with these questions, I think I will look at different things going on in pop culture and try to keep the topics on trend.
In all, I think that I have a solid idea of what I would like to do with my voice through the DU Quark. I am really excited to work with such a cool group of people who are all interested in vastly different things. I can’t wait to see where this internship takes us!