MSU doctoral student Anna Groves awarded prestigious fellowship

  • Apr 10, 2018
  • Plant science, environment, Students, Award
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Anna Groves, a Ph.D. candidate in the Michigan State University Department of Plant Biology and the Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, & Behavior Program in the College of Natural Science, is a recipient of the highly competitive 2018 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship for this summer.

Photo of Anna Groves

Anna Groves, an MSU NatSci Ph.D. candidate, is the recipient of a highly competitive AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship for this summer. Photo courtesy Anna Groves.

The prestigious AAAS Media Fellowship program selects only 15-20 fellows each year to work with host-journalists to enhance coverage of science-related headlines in the media. Fellows are provided with a $5,000 stipend and travel expenses to and from their sites.

Groves will spend 10 weeks as a science journalist in Milwaukee, Wisc., at her placement in the newsroom of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

“This fellowship opportunity is incredibly exciting,” said Groves, whose fellowship is sponsored by the American Society of Plant Biologists. “I'll be able to try something I've been dabbling in as a hobby—writing for non-scientific audiences about science—as a full-time job.

“Besides being a ton of fun, this fellowship will also be a great boost to my career, regardless of whether I decide to stay in media for the long haul,” Groves continued. “Having this experience outside academia will help prepare me for any number of careers at the interface of science and the public, which is where I want to be.”

Groves, a member of Associate Professor Lars Brudvig’s lab, focuses her research on the effects of anthropogenic impacts on plant communities, both positive and negative, and their influence on plant communities to encourage effective land management. She defends her research later this month.

 “Anna is an outstanding scientist who has been building tremendous records of research and science communication at MSU,” said Brudvig, Grove’s faculty advisor. “This AAAS Mass Media Fellowship will provide her with a springboard experience toward a career in science communication by working side-by-side with science journalists on important issues.

“Fellowships like this are critical for improving science communication to the public because they take top scientists who are interested in communication and provide them with the tools and opportunities to be outstanding science communicators,” Brudvig added.

In addition to work at her placement, Groves will attend the AAAS Media Fellowship orientation June 6-8, and a debriefing Aug. 20-21, both in Washington, D.C.

“Now that I'm wrapping up my dissertation work at MSU, I am very excited to try something new, learn some new skills and explore a new city,” Groves said.

Check Facebook and Twitter for program highlights and news about the AAAS Mass Media Science Engineering Fellows Program. You can also follow Groves on her Twitter account as she shares her fellowship experiences.

 

Banner image: MSU NatSci Ph.D. candidate Anna Groves focuses her research on the effect of anthropogenic impacts on plant communities, both positive and negative, and their influence on plant communities to encourage effective land management. Photo courtesy Anna Groves.