“Science allows us to see what our eyes cannot.” -Neil deGrasse Tyson
But it doesn't always seem that way, especially when we flip through pages upon pages of technical jargon and hard-to-decipher figures in scientific journals. As a result, science is too often perceived as either too difficult to understand or too boring to care about.
We want to illuminate what science has the power to show us. We want to peel back the layers of jargon that separate the public from science and uncover the universal truths that are essential to humanity. We want to present science the way it’s supposed to be shown: exciting, cutting-edge, and accessible. We want the International Collegiate Science Journal (ICSJ).
WHAT IS THE ICSJ?
The International Collegiate Science Journal is a revolutionary publication with a mission to translate science from obscure to captivating. We will write exciting articles explaining why our brain forgets names of people we just met, why it rains diamonds on Saturn, how you can travel to the Caribbean in a second through virtual reality, how we may be able to live for 200 years in the near future, and other interesting topics that you will want to read. Through an online and print magazine, we will create an environment where anyone can uncover science and discover all that it can do. This is not just a journal. This is ICSJ. Visit our FB page here!
WHO ARE WE?
Help us get this project started! We need funds to launch our website, print the publication, and pay for shipping fees. We will spend $500 on our website, and $3,000 on the initial printing and shipping fees.
But we don't want to stop there! If we get additional funding, we will host a science communication conference and launch event for our magazine to bring university undergraduates together. We want to invite a panel of science communicators, hold science workshops, and invite a keynote speaker like Neil deGrasse Tyson or Bill Nye.
Risks and challenges
1. Achieving our desired visibility and reach for our project. To face that challenge, we plan to:
- Publish on the web and advertise via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
- Advertise through all of our university networks (students, professors, alums).
- Reach out to individuals who have had experience in communicating science to the public in an interesting way and who have similar missions to ourselves (such as Bill Nye, Neil Degrasse Tyson, and Brian Greene).
- Request advice and support from high profile science communicators, as well as requesting one of them to speak at our launch event. However, the $3000 goal is only enough to get our publication out and our website running; we need you to please keep donating to help us hold a launch event and conference with all of the schools where we can invite an awesome speaker!
2. Ensuring representation from all 9 colleges that are a part of this project. To make sure we stay cohesive and focused, we plan to:
- Communicate deadlines to all EICs of all university organizations involved and have bimonthly progress checks via video chat.
- Appoint a representative from each college to keep track of the articles’ progress. The current plan is to publish 2 articles from each school, which will make for a dynamic publication that will contain a variety of article types (long-form, research reports, features, news, and editorials).
- Enforce many checkpoints and draft deadlines to help streamline the process and ensure all schools stay on track.
- If a few colleges are not able to make the publication, we will fill the missing article spots with content from other schools.
- (30 days)