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What’s Your Story? Contest Finalists
The Scientist is excited to announce the finalists of our inaugural science writing contest and to give readers a chance to vote for their favorite story.
What’s Your Story? Contest Finalists
What’s Your Story? Contest Finalists

The Scientist is excited to announce the finalists of our inaugural science writing contest and to give readers a chance to vote for their favorite story.

The Scientist is excited to announce the finalists of our inaugural science writing contest and to give readers a chance to vote for their favorite story.

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3D illustration depicting white and red blood cells flowing in a network of blood vessels.
How Migrating Cells Navigate Biological Mazes
Laura Mac-Daniel, PhD | May 16, 2024 | 4 min read
A key protein that detects changes in plasma membrane curvature guides immune-like cells through environmental obstacles.
Two prairie voles are interacting with one another. The vole on the left sniffs the cheek of the vole on the right.
Be My Vole-entine: How Love and Loss Change the Brain
Paige Nicklas | May 16, 2024 | 4 min read
Neuroscientists studying prairie voles discovered that dopamine in the brain gushes when the animals are with their life partners and that loss of a partner erased this neurochemical signature.
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Another Reason to Challenge Yourself at the Gym
Alara Tuncer | May 16, 2024 | 4 min read
In a chronic stress model, challenging exercise reduced anxiety by activating a three-neuron loop across brain regions.  
A yellow-bellied marmot being held in the arms of a researcher while they collect a cheek swab from the marmot.
Exploring the Link between Sociality and the Marmot Gut Microbiome
Harita Sistu | May 16, 2024 | 4 min read
The marmot social microbiome is unlike that of other mammals, adding a new perspective to wildlife conservation efforts.
Willow warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus) perched on a branch with its wings extended.
Two Genetic Loci Control Migration Direction in a Small Bird Species
Pedro Andrade, PhD | May 16, 2024 | 4 min read
The innate genetic program that controls migratory behavior in birds is shrouded in mystery, but scientists are closer to understanding how genetic variation influences their routes between Europe and Africa.
Three dividing <em >Epulopiscium viviparus</em> cells seen on a microscope.
The Genome of a Gigantic Bacterium Reveals Odd Metabolic Properties
Megan Keller | May 16, 2024 | 4 min read
With its complete genome sequenced, one of the world’s largest microbes harbors unique energy processes that highlight its relation to its symbiotic host, the surgeonfish.
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Cheddar Cheese Lovers Have Interactive Microbes to Thank
Vaishnavi Sridhar, PhD | May 16, 2024 | 3 min read
Scientists used a commercial year-long cheddar making process to show how various bacterial communities interact and contribute to the distinct flavor of cheddar.
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How to Write a Good Introduction Section
Nathan Ni, PhD | May 1, 2024 | 6 min read
A strong narrative is as integral a part of science writing as it is for any other form of communication.
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Building a Scientific Narrative
Nathan Ni, PhD | Apr 15, 2024 | 6 min read
A strong narrative is as integral a part of science writing as it is for any other form of communication.
A person sitting in a laboratory writing notes with a pen in a notebook.
The Fundamentals of Academic Science Writing
Nathan Ni, PhD | Mar 25, 2024 | 5 min read
Writing is an essential skill for scientists, and learning how to write effectively starts with good fundamentals and lots of practice.
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Peer Profile Program
The Scientist | Mar 1, 2024 | 1 min read
Scientists elevate other scientists, and we want to help! Recommend a researcher whose achievements inspire you. We’ll share the story.
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Why Scientific Communication Matters for Manuscripts
Nathan Ni, PhD | Dec 12, 2023 | 4 min read
Scientists are beginning to recognize the importance of being able to effectively communicate their findings.
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What's Your Story? Ideas and Discoveries Worth Sharing
The Scientist | Nov 29, 2023 | 3 min read
A new writing contest provides life scientists with a platform to try their hands at science journalism, tell their science stories, develop their communication skills, and publish their work.
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What's Your Story? Competition Guidelines and Writing Tips
The Scientist | Nov 29, 2023 | 7 min read
Enter for a chance to have your story published on The Scientist’s website! 
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What's Your Story?
The Scientist | Nov 29, 2023 | 2 min read
Enter our new writing contest. The winners’ stories will be published on The Scientist’s website! 
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