Science Communication Fellowship

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Currently accepting applications for the 2024-2025 Science Communication Fellow. Please apply here by 31 May 2024.


About the Fellowship

The Science Communication Fellowship offered by the Geological Society of America provides a dynamic eleven-month journey for science writers, journalists, or scientists passionate about sharing their knowledge. Participants will immerse themselves in an enriching environment, working closely with GSA's marketing and communications team and leading members to hone their skills and expand their professional networks. This fellowship is an extraordinary chance to engage deeply with the scientific community and enhance one's communicative impact to the non-scientific community.

With funding from the GSA Foundation's Bruce and Karen Clark fund, the goal of the Fellowship is to help improve communication of geoscience knowledge between the members of GSA and the non-scientific community. 

Fellowship candidates should understand how to interview authors to capture the significance of their work for non-scientific audiences and translate technical research papers into well-developed and compelling content including press releases, blog articles, and podcasts.

The Fellow will assist in developing a content calendar that will feature various mediums and cadence of content for the duration of the Fellowship term, which will be selected from the Society’s top-rated, peer-reviewed geoscience journals and from abstracts submitted by scientists to the extensive technical program for the GSA Annual Meeting.

The Fellow will also help staff the onsite Newsroom at the GSA Annual Meeting, assist members of the media covering the meeting, pitch stories to local and national media outlets, interview innovative and newsworthy science authors, and mentor student interns considering a career in science communication.

Current Fellow

Arianna Soldati
Arianna Soldati
2023–2024 GSA Science Communication Fellow

Arianna Soldati is an Assistant Professor in Volcanology at North Carolina State University. Her lab group works on a variety of topics, ranging from effusive eruptions to critical minerals. She received her Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from the University of Missouri–Columbia, where she specialized in lava flow rheology, i.e. how far and how fast can lava flow.

Arianna was part of the inaugural cohort of Science Communication Interns at the 2017 GSA Annual Meeting. She has delivered over 50 public lectures, led countless outreach activities, and has contributed writing for GSA’s guest blog Speaking of Geoscience, as well as Scientific American, National Geographic, and CNN, among other outlets. Arianna also founded her own traveling outreach program, Science on Wheels, which brings science done by graduate students to adults living in rural communities, giving them the chance to meet a scientist right in their hometown and promoting a positive perception of science.