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Contribute to the 2011 “Letter to My Young Self” Project February 14, 2011

Posted by Science Club for Girls in Letter to Young Self.

For a second year, we are inviting women in science/engineering/technology to contribute to our guest blog series in celebration of Women’s History Month in March. We are also looking for sponsors and would love your help in spreading the word. (Read more about the background and development of this series here).

1. Contribute a letter
We are looking for women from diverse fields and backgrounds, in different stages of their career, and who are using science/engineering/technology in different ways.

There is no particular format nor specific content we’re looking for as we hope  each letter to be unique. It should be limited to 800 words. (Videos , audio podcasts or animations are also welcome if that’s your preferred medium).

Addressing the letter to a specific period of your life might help individual readers relate. Specific descriptions would generally be more powerful and authentic than general advice. Your thoughts does not have to be limited to your scientific journey or career choice, since that’s only part of who you are. We would love to have a picture of your younger self to go with the blog, as well as a “public” friendly bio. A link would do if there’s one.

Deadline. We would prefer to have submissions by Feb 28th. Second deadline is March 15th. If you have major grants due or other major events in your life that prevent you from meeting either of those deadlines, but would still like to participate, please let us know and we can push the submission date back.

Letters and photos can be sent to media [at] scienceclubforgirls dot org

2. Sponsor a blog or the series
Since we are a nonprofit, if your department, institution, society, godmother etc would like to donate $100 -$200, we will include their logo and bill them as a sponsor for that day’s blog. But no pressure. We would of course publicize the blog via our various channels.

A contribution of $1,000 will classify you as a series sponsor.

3. Grant us rights to publish your letter

In the longer term, and subject to editorial decisions, we hope to have your permission to publish your letter in a book that would benefit Science Club for Girls, that would be accompanied by a short interview or write-up about you and your work, again, for the general public. But that request would come later.

4. Help us spread the word

Please forward this page or the link to our 2010 project to anyone whom you think would make a great contributor, especially other bloggers.

When blogs start appearing, please share them via Facebook, your blog, Twitter, snail mail or your network mode of choice.

Thanks for inspiring another generation of women!

Update: Letter contributors include

Chemist and Fortune 500 Exec Judy Giordan
2010 Women to Watch Awardee Marcie Black

AWIS-Boston co-founder Joanne Kamens
MGH/Harvard Professor Tayyaba Hasan

L’Oreal For Women in Science Awardees
Tebello Nyokong from S. Africa
Alejandra Bravo from Mexico

Science bloggers biochem belle, 29 and a PhD

Meteorologist Cindy Fitzgibbon



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