Young Science Writers Workshop

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A Science Writing Workshop for High School Students (ages 16-18)

June 24-July 7, 2018

Young Science Writers is an intensive two-week workshop for intellectually curious, motivated high-school students who value science and writing. Our goal is to help students develop their creative and critical abilities with both science and language, and to challenge themselves in the company of peers who share their interests.

Young Science Writers

Our Approach

Science permeates our society, providing both our most astounding possibilities and some of our most monumental challenges. Yet for all its power, science is often considered a dry realm of facts and figures. The Young Science Writers Workshop focuses not just on the insights of science, but on its stories and characters, even its poetry. The workshop engages with science and nature writing that is technically accurate, meaningful to readers, and a pleasure to read. Reading and writing assignments will draw from a broad range of genres including research articles, journalism, essays, stories, and poetry. We will focus on key processes shared by both science and writing: observation, measurement, experiment, and analysis. Students will perform observations and experiments in Kenyon’s laboratory facilities and ecologically diverse outdoor surroundings, then incorporate these experiences into their writing.

Exercises and assignments will help students critically evaluate scientific information, explore the relationship between scientific ideas and other forms of knowledge, and write with clarity, creativity, and power whether the intended audience is scientists or general readers.


Chris Gillen is an animal physiologist who studies the molecular basis of epithelial salt transport using invertebrate model systems. His laboratory is currently funded by the National Science Foundation to explore mechanisms of osmoregulation in the mosquito Aedes aegypti. Gillen is author of The Hidden Mechanics of Exercise (Harvard, 2014) and Reading Primary Literature (Pearson, 2007). He was the recipient of the 2017 M. Patricia Morse Award for Excellence and Innovation in Science Education from the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology.

Drew Kerkhoff is a quantitative ecologist who uses both computational and field-based approaches to study the dynamics of plant biodiversity and the effects of global climate change on forest ecosystems. His research, in collaboration with the international Botanical Information and Ecology Network, is supported by the National Science Foundation. Kerkhoff is an Associate Editor for two leading journals in the field, The American Naturalist and Global Ecology and Biogeography, and he currently serves as the Chair of the Kenyon College Department of Biology.

Summer in Gambier

Nestled among rolling hills in the village of Gambier, the Kenyon campus is known for its striking beauty. Its historic buildings and shaded lawns have nurtured excellent writers for generations. Students have full access to College recreational facilities, including basketball and tennis courts and a swimming pool. Weekend activities include social events and field trips.

Residential Life

Students are housed in a Kenyon College residence hall with boys on one floor and girls on another. The residence is air-conditioned and most students will have roommates. Careful supervision is provided by the site director, staff and resident advisors.

Our resident advisors, who live with the students in the residence hall and supervise after class activities, are all current Kenyon students or recent graduates. They serve as role models and mentors to aspiring writers and scientists, in addition to making sure that the students get to bed by the 11 PM curfew and are up for breakfast and the day’s first class, which starts at 8:30 AM.

Daily meetings attended by instructors, resident advisors, and students, ensure that all students know what is expected of them (hard work, promptness, respect and civility toward all) and any problems or questions are dealt with during these meetings.

Tuition and Scholarships

Young Science Writers is a two-week residential program. The total cost, including tuition, accommodations, all meals, and activities, is $2,375.

Kenyon is committed to socioeconomic diversity, and some financial aid is available for students who demonstrate financial need as part of their application. To apply for financial aid, please fill out the financial aid section of the online application.

How to Apply

A complete application consists of:

  • The online application form.
  • A 300 word essay, to be uploaded with the application form.
  • A high school transcript, to be uploaded with the application form (we accept both official and unofficial transcripts).
  • A letter of recommendation.
  • Financial aid information and any supporting financial aid documentation (optional).

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Enrollment Fee & Cancellation

The tuition for the Kenyon Review Young Science Writers Workshop is $2,375, which includes teaching materials, room and board. After a student is accepted (acceptance letters are emailed at the end of March) a non-refundable deposit of $500 will be required, along with the enrollment form and confidential medical form. The balance of the cost will be due on or before June 1st.

If a student cancels his/her enrollment before June 1st, The Kenyon Review will keep the non-refundable $500 deposit. If a student cancels after June 1st, The Kenyon Review will keep the $500 deposit and a $500 cancellation fee, but return the remaining balance paid. There will be no refund of tuition after June 15th. There will be no refund of tuition after arrival date and no refund in the event of early dismissal.


Questions? Concerns? Please feel free to contact us at 740-427-5196 or email

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