Recent awards and fellowships won by SHERP graduates, students and faculty
April 20, 2023
SHERP Graduate Wins Major Children’s Literature Prize
Chana Steifel (SHERP 1991) won the Margaret Wise Brown Prize in Children’s Literature for her book, The Tower of Life: How Yaffa Eliach Rebuilt Her Town in Stories and Photographs. It’s the third major award for her book,
July 27, 2022
SHERP Graduate Wins Inaugural Sharon Begley Prize for Science Reporting
Bijal Trivedi (SHERP 1998) won the honor, which comes with a $20,000 grant to support a reporting project. Trivedi is the senior editor for science at National Geographic. The new award is administered by the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing.
May 18, 2022
Science Writing Award Goes to Recent SHERP Graduate
Jonathan Moens (SHERP 2020) won the annual science writing award of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, for an investigative report on chick-culling that was originally produced for a SHERP class and ultimately published in Undark.
May 5, 2022
Two Incoming SHERP Students Win Taylor/Blakeslee University Fellowships
Anna Gibbs and Marlowe Starling (SHERP 2023) were awarded the prestigious fellowships by the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing.
September 21, 2021
SHERP Grad Named a New America National Fellow
Rose Eveleth (SHERP 2011) has been awarded a New America National Fellowship to produce a podcast series on gender verification testing in sports. She is a writer, author and independent podcaster who explores how humans tangle with science and technology.
September 16, 2021
SHERP Alum wins climate investigative reporting award
Peter Fairley (SHERP 1994) won in the investigative reporting category of the Covering Climate Now Journalism Awards. He was recognized for his story, “Who Killed the Supergrid” published in the Atlantic and InvestigateWest.
August 5, 2021
Four SHERP Alums Win Environmental Journalism Prizes
Lili Pike (SHERP 2020) won first place in the student category of the Society of Environmental Journalists Awards for Covering the Environment for a story about climate threats to public housing that started as a class assignment and was ultimately published in Undark. Lauren Young (SHERP 2015) won second place in the small market-features category for a Valley Fever series for Science Friday. Lynne Peeples (SHERP 2009) won third in small-market explanatory for an Ensia series on drinking water threats, while Katie Peek (SHERP 2010) won honorable mention in the same category for an Audubon feature about ocean plastics.
June 30, 2021
SHERP grads win national trade journalism award two straight years
Antonio Regalado (SHERP 1994) won the award from the National Institute of Health Care Management Foundation for his stories in MIT Technology Review about the race to find a covid-19 drug in the blood of survivors. In 2020, Caitlin Cox (SHERP 2004) won the same award.
June 26, 2021
Two SHERP Alums Awarded Knight Science Journalism Project Fellowships
Rene Ebersole (SHERP 17) will use her fellowship to pursue a book on junk science in the criminal justice system, while Ferris Jabr (SHERP 28) will use his for a book on the coevolution of earth and life.
June 3, 2021
SHERP student wins NASW scholarship
Delger Erdenesanaa (SHERP 2021) has been awarded one of three Diversity Summer Fellowships presented by the National Association of Science Writers. She is interning this summer at Inside Climate News covering environmental justice.
April 29, 2021
Two SHERP alums awarded Logan Science Journalism Fellowships at MBL
Alexa Kurzius (SHERP 2013), the managing editor of Newsela, and Dan Drollette, Jr. (SHERP 1994) will study biomedical science this summer at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.
April 26, 2021
Incoming SHERP student is NYU’s first McCormick scholar
Deborah Balthazar is the inaugural NYU recipient of the Anne O’Hare McCormick Memorial Fund Scholarship. The $3,000 award is given in honor of Fund board member emerita Elizabeth “Betsy” Wade, the first woman to edit news copy at the New York Times.
April 23, 2021
SHERP prof to lead science writing council
Robin Lloyd, who teaches the SHERP Writing and Reporting Workshop I class, is the newly elected president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing, a nonprofit organization working to increase the quality and quantity of science news reaching the public.
December 28, 2020
Two SHERP alums win cancer coverage fellowships
Marcus Banks (SHERP 2019) and Cheryl Platzman Weinstock (SHERP 1983) have been named National Cancer Reporting Fellows by the Association of Health Care Journalists.
December 23, 2020
SHERP alum longlisted for major science book award
Bijal Trivedi (SHERP 1998) has been long-listed for the Pen/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award for her new book Breath from Salt: A Deadly Genetic Disease, a New Era in Science, and the Patients and Families Who Changed Medicine Forever.
December 22, 2020
SHERP student awarded post-grad fellowship
Maria Paula Rubiano (SHERP 2020) has been awarded an Open Notebook Early Career Fellowship.
December 8, 2020
SHERP alum awarded creative nonfiction grant
Ferris Jabr (SHERP 2010) has been awarded a Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant for his book project, A Symphony of Earth.
November 11, 2020
SHERP grad wins second AAAS science journalism award
Joss Fong (SHERP 2013) has won her second AAAS-Kavli Science Journalism Award. This year’s prize was a silver award in the video category, for coverage explaining COVID-19 statistics.
August 2, 2020
SHERP alum awarded book fellowship
Lynne Peeples (SHERP 2009) has been awarded a Knight Science Journalism Project Fellowship for her book project on modern assaults on our natural body clocks.
June 30, 2020
SHERP grad wins national trade journalism award
Caitlin Cox (SHERP 2004) was recognized by the National Institute of Health Care Management Foundation for her stories about the risks of outpatient heart procedures.
June 27, 2020
Incoming SHERP student wins outdoor writing fellowship
Delger Erdenesanaa has been awarded a Bodie McDowell Scholarship from the Outdoor Writers Association of America.
June 17, 2020
SHERP student wins summer fellowship
MK Manoylov (SHERP 2020) has been awarded a 2020 Diversity Summer Fellowship from the National Association of Science Writers.
February 6, 2020
Three SHERP faculty members honored at National Magazine Awards
A group that included Rene Ebersole won the personal service category for Audubon stories on climate change activism. Robin Marantz Henig was a finalist in the same category for her Oprah Magazine story on menopause. John Rennie is deputy editor at Quanta, which was a finalist for general excellence.
October 14, 2019
Medical journalist Ashley Lyles (SHERP 2017) has been named Miss New York International.
October 14, 2019
SHERP alum wins New York health journalism award
Apoorva Mandavilli (SHERP 1999) has won a Front Page Award for health coverage from the Newswomen’s Club of New York for her story for Undark about a measles outbreak.
October 10, 2019
SHERP graduate wins national award for coverage of autism and suicide
Cheryl Platzman Weinstock (SHERP 1983) has won the SAVE National Media Award for Excellence in Reporting on Suicide, in the feature category, for her story in Spectrum about autism and suicide.
October 7, 2019
SHERP grad wins Paris reporting fellowship
Katie Hiler Feather (SHERP 31) has won a fellowship to attend the Paris Accords of Science Communication.
September 28, 2019
SHERP alum wins national science reporting award
Arielle Duhaime-Ross (SHERP 2013) has won a 2019 Science in Society Award from the National Association of Science Writers. She won the science features category for her story for Vice News about sewage problems in rural Alabama.
September 23, 2019
SHERP graduate wins national medical reporting prize
Apoorva Mandavilli (SHERP 1999) has won one of the world’s top medical reporting awards: the Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting from the Council to Advance Science Writing. She was honored for several recently published
August 21, 2019
Two SHERP alums win environmental reporting fellowships
Mark Kaufman (SHERP 2017) and Rachel Nuwer (SHERP 2011) have been awarded project reporting grants by the Society of Environmental Journalists.
August 15, 2019
Three SHERP graduates finalists in national science reporting contest
Antonio Regalado (SHERP 1994), Melinda Wenner Moyer (SHERP 2006) and Naveena Sadasivam (SHERP 2013) have been named finalists in the 2019 National Academies Science Communication Awards for these three stories.
August 6, 2019
SHERP professor wins national award for science writing in medicine
Melinda Wenner Moyer, a 2006 SHERP graduate who is now a SHERP professor, has won the 2019 Bricker Award for Science Writing in Medicine. In accepting the award, she gave a talk on the “joys and trials of science writing”.
July 30, 2019
Three SHERP grads place in national environmental reporting awards
Rachel Nuwer (SHERP 2011), Apoorva Mandavilli (SHERP 1999) and Arielle Duhaime-Ross (SHERP 2013) have been named finalists in the 2019 Society of Environmental Journalists Awards for Reporting on the Environment, for stories about wildlife poaching, the aftermath of the Bhopal disaster, pollution in the rural South, and other work.
April 22, 2019
Two SHERP students awarded scholarships
Marcus Banks (SHERP 2019) and Dani Leviss (SHERP 2019) have been awarded Taylor/Blakeslee University Fellowships by the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing.
April 17, 2019
SHERP alum awarded food reporting fellowship
Rose Eveleth (SHERP 2011) has been awarded a Berkeley-11th Hour Food and Farming Journalism Fellowship.
March 27, 2019
SHERP graduates and students win health care journalism awards
Melinda Wenner Moyer (SHERP 2006) and 2017 SHERP graduates Ashley Lyles, Dan Robitzski, Cici Zhang and Emiliano Rodriguez Mega all won 2019 Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism, presented by the Association of Health Care Journalists for these stories. Moyer won second place in the health policy category for her Scientific American feature about poverty and infectious disease. The other four won 1st place in the student category for an Undark story they researched while attending SHERP about efforts to manipulate the drug approval process.
March 25, 2019
SHERP alum wins award for vaccine op-ed
Melinda Wenner Moyer (SHERP 2006) has won an award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors for a New York Times op-ed about vaccine safety.
February 7, 2019
SHERP graduate named as first New York Times science reporting fellow
Knvul Sheikh (SHERP 2016) has been named the inaugural New York Times science/health newsroom fellow, topping a field of several hundred applicants.
January 24, 2019
SHERP alum wins major science journalism award
Shannon Hall (SHERP 2015) has won the David Perlman Award for Excellence in Science Journalism, bestowed by the American Geophysical Union for a Scientific American story about the search for tectonic activity on other planets.
January 17, 2019
SHERP graduate wins children’s book award from AAAS
Mary Kay Carson (SHERP 1990), who has written fifty science books for kids, has won the hands-on children’s book category in the AAAS/Subaru Prizes for Excellence in Science Books.
December 12, 2018
SHERP alum chosen for early-career science journalism fellowship
Knvul Sheikh (SHERP 2016) has been awarded an Open Notebook/Burroughs Wellcome Fund early career fellowship.
December 11, 2018
SHERP graduate wins bioethics reporting award
Antonio Regalado (SHERP 1994) has won the Hastings Center Award for Excellence in Journalism on Ethics and Reprogenetics for his story in Technology Review on the manufacture of eggs and sperm in the laboratory.
December 5, 2018
SHERP alum wins data visualization award
Lena Groeger (SHERP 2011) and two of her ProPublica collaborators have won a Kantar Information is Beautiful award for a visualization that tracked Donald Trump’s empty promises of job gains.
November 27, 2018
SHERP grad chosen as a fellow of AAAS
Karen McNulty Walsh (SHERP 1989), a science writer at Brookhaven National Laboratory, has been elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, in the General Interest in Science and Engineering section.
September 18, 2018
Two SHERP alums finalists for national science writing award
Frederik Joelving and Lynne Peeples (both SHERP 2009) have been named finalists in the National Association of Science Writers’ Science in Society awards. Joelving was honored for a Slate story about drug testing, while Peeples was honored for an Undark story about the environmental and health risks of lead ammunition.
August 2, 2018
SHERP graduate wins environmental reporting award
Rachel Nuwer (SHERP 2011) has won first place in the beat reporting category of the 17th annual Society of Environmental Journalists Awards for Reporting on the Environment. She was recognized for her stories on the wildlife tr
April 30, 2018
SHERP alum wins Knight fellowship
Katie Palmer (SHERP 2011) has been awarded a John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship Stanford.
April 17, 2018
SHERP grad wins food reporting fellowship
Feini Yin (SHERP 2015) has been awarded a Berkeley-11th Hour Food and Farming Journalism Fellowship.
January 7, 2018
SHERP graduate wins children’s book award
Karen de Seve (SHERP 1994) has won the American Meteorological Society’s Louis J. Battan Authors Award in the K-12 category for her book about weather.