To complement our Research Exploration Opportunity, which provides high school student mentees the chance to conduct novel research in University labs, we started the SciComm Viewpoint Challenge (formerly STEMpowerment Viewpoint Challenge) in 2019 to provide our mentees an opportunity to hone their scholarly writing skills. Through the SciComm Viewpoint Challenge, mentees have the opportunity to publish their scientific viewpoints in the STEM Fellowship Journal (SFJ), an open-access peer-reviewed academic journal published by Canadian Science Publishing.
Mentees will be offered guidance throughout the process by their assigned undergraduate- and graduate-level mentors, the SFJ editors upon submitting their scientific viewpoints, and doctorate-holding peer-reviewers in a respective field. Additionally, we empower students with the tools to succeed through interactive scholarly writing webinars. For instance, our “Blueprint to a Viewpoint” webinar overview can be seen below (subject to updates):