Recent awards and fellowships won by SHERP graduates, students and faculty
September 13, 2023
Sharon Guynup (SHERP 1998) won the honor for her investigative stories shining a light on threats to tigers and other at-risk animals all over the world. She also recently co-founded Big Cat Voices, a film, photography, and storytelling nonprofit focusing on protecting the world’s big cats and the lands they inhabit.
July 10, 2023
Deborah Balthazar (SHERP 2022) has been awarded the Sharon Begley Science Reporting Fellowship at STAT News. Balthazar got her undergraduate degree in biology and then worked in local news and taught middle-school science before coming to SHERP. She will spend a year working at STAT’s main office in Boston.
April 20, 2023
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
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
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
Anna Gibbs and Marlowe Starling (SHERP 2023) were awarded the prestigious fellowships by the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing.
September 21, 2021
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
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
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
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
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.
April 29, 2021
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
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
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 23, 2020
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.
November 11, 2020
June 27, 2020
Delger Erdenesanaa has been awarded a Bodie McDowell Scholarship from the Outdoor Writers Association of America.
February 6, 2020
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 10, 2019
September 28, 2019
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
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
August 15, 2019
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
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
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.
March 27, 2019
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.
February 7, 2019
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
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
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
Knvul Sheikh (SHERP 2016) has been awarded an Open Notebook/Burroughs Wellcome Fund early career fellowship.
November 27, 2018
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
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
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