EPSCoR (Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) is designed to fulfill the mandate of the National Science Foundation (NSF) to promote scientific progress nationwide. Through this program, NSF establishes partnerships with government, higher education, and industry that are designed to affect sustainable improvements in a state's research infrastructure.
The Wyoming EPSCoR received a 5-year grant in September 2017 from NFS. While science is the key focus of the Wyoming EPSCoR grant, a significant amount of the grant is dedicated to broader societal impacts of the science like science journalism initiatives.
Dr. Kristen Landreville, Ph.D., University of Wyoming associate professor and the Director of Graduate Studies, secured the NSF grant that will fund five to eight science reporting interns each year for the next four summers to Wyoming Press Association newspaper members, beginning summer 2019. Funding is available for interns to each work 20-30 hours (hours funded will depend on the number of interns per summer).
As this is a National Science Foundation grant, interns would be expected to produce three to four science stories over the course of the summer. The rest of the hours could be non-science related reporting (eg. general assignment reporting). If mutually agreed upon, the hosting newspaper could hire the intern for additional hours per week.
Recruiting materials for the internships, including internship expectations, have gone out to UW students. In order to best match students and WPA member papers, papers who wish to host an intern during Summer 2019 must complete an application.
The application deadline for WPA newspapers is November 30, 2018. For more information on the internships contact the WPA at email@example.com.