Introducing the TON/BWF Fellows

We are pleased to announce the recipients of our newly established fellowship for early-career science journalists, sponsored by a generous grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. We received many excellent applications and would have been very pleased to accept any one of the applicants. Tina Casagrand, who will begin her fellowship in January, and Tien Nguyen, who will begin in May, both impressed us with their story ideas and their ambitions for developing their skills and knowledge about the craft of science journalism.

Tina Casagrand

TON readers will get to know them and their work in the coming months, but for now, here’s a little bit about Tina and Tien:

Tina Casagrand is a freelance journalist and recent graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, where she studied magazine writing and publishing, anthropology, biology, and art. Her dream is to start an independent publication covering environmental health and social justice in the lower Midwest and Ozarks. Follow Tina on Twitter @Gasconader.

Tien Nguyen


Tien Nguyen is a freelance science writer and organic chemistry Ph.D. candidate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduating spring of 2014. She aims to make chemistry more accessible to the public through her writing, outreach and educational videos. Her writing interests also include drug discovery, physics and gender equality. Follow Tien on Twitter @mustlovescience.

We’re delighted to welcome Tina and Tien to The Open Notebook.


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