Sarah E. Olson Michel (She/They) is a science writer based in Corvallis, Oregon. She currently attends Oregon State University as an undergraduate majoring in aquatic microbiology with a certificate in science, technical, and professional communication.
She has written for Science’s Books et al, PLOS SciComm, leapsmag, and The Particle on Medium. She was recently featured on Science Friday to discuss the best summer science books of 2020. Her feminist writing has appeared in Women You Should Know, popular Medium publications GEN and Human Parts, and other outlets. Her guest appearances include being featured on Australia’s Science Friction radio show, a blog post for Shenova STEM Fashion, and hosting the @IAmSciComm Twitter account for a week. Her own Twitter account currently has more than 16,000 followers.
As a community college student, Sarah explored her interest in science communication through an internship that led to her receiving the California Internship and Work Experience Association’s Bernard L. Hyink scholarship in 2018. That same year, she attended AAAS as an undergraduate science journalism travel fellow with the National Association of Science Writers. She then interned at Purdue University News Service as a science writer for the summer. Before transferring from community college to Oregon State, Sarah spent a year working at an independent bookstore curating their science, math, and nature sections. She writes reviews of popular science books, interviews authors, and hosts giveaways through her blog, readmorescience.com. Sarah is currently a full-time student and part-time freelance science writer. She works in Dr. Stephen Giovannoni’s High Throughput Microbial Cultivation Lab (HTCL) and is hoping to pursue her research interests in marine microbiology through a master’s degree in the future.
Sarah spends her free time with her partner and their two cats, trying to get around to reading her precariously tall stack of unread books. However, if you would like her to review your book for her blog or another outlet, she would be happy to continue neglecting them and read yours instead.
You can also find a collection of information on getting into science writing, organizations that support diversity and inclusion in STEM, and science artists and blogs Sarah supports on the Resources page. You can get in touch with Sarah here.