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Creighton Graduate Student Writing for National Magazine

Creighton Graduate Student Writing for National Magazine

Creighton University’s Lauren Urban, who will graduate with a master’s degree in atmospheric sciences this May, has been serving as an intern at The Scientist, a national news journal and magazine about biology and life sciences targeted to active researchers.

As an editorial writer, Urban, who currently resides in Elkton, Md., provides stories, daily journal releases and culture pieces for both the printed publication and the associated website. Her work for the magazine has recently been picked up by various reports and blogs.

Urban’s experience at The Scientist has enlightened her to the numerous facets of research.

“The various aspects of research from lab tools to grant writing to published material are all covered by the magazine,” Urban said. “As a graduate student you are able to see chunks of this work, but it's amazing at how many different skill sets go into making research run.”

Urban, who graduated in 2006 with a bachelor’s of science degree in environmental sciences, became more interested in journalism while working with Jon M. Schrage, Ph.D., assistant professor of atmospheric sciences on “Weather Break,” a podcast produced by Creighton’s department of atmospheric science.

She is currently taking additional classes to earn a secondary education certification and hopes to eventually obtain her doctorate. She also intends to continue freelancing.

Urban’s master’s thesis focuses on remote sensing of organic matter in coastal U. S. waters.