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Carmen Drahl
Senior Editor
Chemical & Engineering News

Dr. Drahl made the transition to a writing career while earning a Ph.D. in chemistry at Princeton University. Born and raised in New Jersey, she now lives in downtown Washington, D.C. and reports for Chemical & Engineering News magazine. At C&EN she’s written about how new medications get their names, explained the science behind a controversial hair-straightening product, and covered the scientific firestorm sparked by an alleged arsenic life form. She also manages the magazine’s YouTube Channel and communicates with chemists on Twitter (Chat her up @carmendrahl). She serves on the advisory boards of the Princeton Alumni Weekly magazine and the American Physical Society’s Inside Science TV. Her work has been featured on SiriusXM’s “Doctor Radio”, Radio New Zealand’s “This Way Up”, Scientific American’s blog network, and elsewhere. Her coverage has also been recognized by MIT’s Knight Science Journalism Tracker.

Science Writing Resources

compiled by Carmen Drahl

Trying your hand at writing:

Chemistry professor Michelle Francl’s "Writing Science" course exercises

Santa Fe Science Writing Workshop ($$$)

*Search for your university’s writing center, press office, alumni newsletter, or newspaper to find writing opportunities. Also, look to local and independent magazines and newsletters.

Getting started in science writing with blogging and social media

AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program: This 10-week summer program places science, engineering, and mathematics students at media organizations nationwide. Fellows use their academic training as they research, write, and report today’s headlines, sharpening their abilities to communicate complex scientific issues to the public.

Books about science writing:

A Field Guide for Science Writers
Writers’ Market
The Best American Science Writing (yearly)

How 100+ science writers each got their start:


Where to look for science writing jobs and internships:

NASW jobs list- membership required
Local NASW sections (ie, DCSWA, SWINY)