Science Writing Competition

Write and submit a blog article for your chance to win



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An opportunity to get your writing published on Lab Crunches

Communicating science in an accessible and engaging way is an important skill for researchers. Bio-Rad aims to encourage and help develop this skill with our annual science writing competition.

PhD/Grad students* are invited to write and submit a blog suitable for publication on Lab Crunches website. Blogs can be about your own research or you can communicate a discovery in the life sciences field. We are looking for an engaging style that will appeal to life scientists. Entries will be judged on your ability to communicate scientific findings in a concise and clear way to nonspecialists, but also originality and writing style.


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1st Place

  • Your blog published and promoted on Bio-Rad Lab Crunches website
  • An invitation to receive professional mentoring in scientific writing for industry − by Lab Crunches Editor, Kimberley Bryon-Dodd, PhD
  • A copy of: The Scientist’s Guide to Writing: How to Write More Easily and Effectively Throughout Your Scientific Career (Stephen B. Heard)
  • A commemorative trophy

2nd Place

  • Your blog published and promoted on Bio-Rad Lab Crunches website
  • A copy of: The Scientist’s Guide to Writing: How to Write More Easily and Effectively Throughout Your Scientific Career (Stephen B. Heard)
  • A commemorative certificate

3rd Place

How to Submit

Complete the entry form on this page with your details and blog title. Once completed, email your blog and a short bio (your name, brief description of your research area, where you work, and optionally a photograph of yourself) to: [email protected] with “Science Writing Comp.” in the subject line by Tuesday 1st June 2021.

*Terms and Conditions

Only original work that isn’t published, previously entered, or under review elsewhere in any format can be submitted. One entry can be submitted per individual. To enter you must be a currently enrolled life science PhD/Grad student at an academic institution at the time of entry. Blogs must be entirely your own work, written in English, and between 800 and 1000 words. The judges’ decision is final. Only entries that are received by Tuesday 1st June 2021 will be counted.

Entry Form

Complete the submission form to enter the science writing competition. Don’t forget to also email your blog and biography to
[email protected].