Awards

Recent awards and fellowships won by SHERP graduates, students and faculty

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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December 22, 2020

SHERP student awarded post-grad fellowship

Maria Paula Rubiano (SHERP 2020) has been awarded an Open Notebook Early Career Fellowship.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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October 14, 2019

SHERP graduate wins pageant

Medical journalist Ashley Lyles (SHERP 2017) has been named Miss New York International.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 stories in the New York Times, Atlantic, and Spectrum, where she is editor-in-chief.

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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.

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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.

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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”.

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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 poachingthe aftermath of the Bhopal disasterpollution in the rural South, and other work.

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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.

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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.

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March 27, 2019

SHERP graduates and students win health care journalism awards

Melinda Wenner Moyer (SHERP 2006) and 2017 SHERP graduates Ashley LylesDan RobitzskiCici 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 trade in the New York Times, National Geographic, and BBC.com.

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April 30, 2018

SHERP alum wins Knight fellowship

Katie Palmer (SHERP 2011) has been awarded a John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship Stanford.

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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.

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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.

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