2015 Merritt Science Journalism Award Results
The 2015 Merritt Award competition attracted a wide variety of entries from graduate and undergraduate students across the university. The selection committee noted and welcomed the rich diversity of approaches to communicating science that were reflected in the entries — from articles published in mainstream publications, to documentary-style and animated videos, to blog entries chronicling fieldwork experience.
From among several strong candidates, EbolaChat, a video by undergraduate students Anastasia Lambrou and Joshua Latner, was selected as the winner of the inaugural Merritt Award. The judges cited the entry as a creatively produced, accessible and compelling video that met its goal of educating high-schoolers and other members of the general public about Ebola thanks to the team’s sound understanding of how to communicate clearly about a complex scientific topic.
Anastasia Lambrou T‘15
Joshua Latner T‘15
The committee also wishes to recognize two other excellent submissions as runners-up:
- Can Humans Hibernate? Ask the Dwarf Lemur, a Scientific American blog post by biology graduate student Sheena Faherty
- Engineering Low-cost Methods to Assess Water Safety in South Africa, a series of posts on the Duke Global Health Institute Diaries from the Field Blog by biomedical engineering major Brittany Davis
Thanks to all entrants for demonstrating the vibrant state of student science journalism at Duke!