Bruce V. Bigelow Memorial Science Communication Fellowship at UC San Diego

Bruce BigelowOverview

The Bruce V. Bigelow Memorial Science Communications Fellowship is a new full-time, paid, nine-month interdisciplinary science communications fellowship shared between the communications teams at UC San Diego Health, Jacobs School of Engineering and Scripps Institution of Oceanography. 2019 will be the inaugural year.

About Bruce V. Bigelow

The fellowship is named in memory of Bruce V. Bigelow, an award-winning science and technology journalist. Bruce was part of the San Diego Union-Tribune team that won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting and served as San Diego editor for Xconomy, a national life science and innovation news site. Bruce died in June 2018 after a brief illness contracted while hiking in Utah.


In the spirit of Bruce's interests and legacy, the fellowship offers early career science writers and communicators a diverse experience covering the fields of health sciences, oceanography and engineering, particularly where they intersect. Fellows will have opportunities to write for UC San Diego websites, press releases, blogs, magazines and newsletters, produce multimedia pieces (e.g., video, podcast) and contribute to UC San Diego’s social media presence. In addition to regular short-term assignments, fellows will complete an in-depth, interdisciplinary capstone project, to be determined with fellowship mentors.

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