Madelyn Broome Wins the Gregory T. Pope ’80 Prize for Science Writing

Friday, May 31, 2019
by Department of Astrophysical Sciences

The Department of Astrophysical Sciences’ Madelyn Broome, an undergraduate in the Class of 2019, is this year’s recipient of The Gregory T. Pope ’80 Prize for Science Writing from Princeton’s Council on Science and Technology. A committee of Council members and science writers selected Madelyn as the 2019 recipient with her winning essay entry entitled “Where’s the Water?”. The essay is a walking tour of the universe that takes readers from Earth on outwards to hunt for various kinds of water, while also telling them just how much drinking water to pack to make it there.

Princeton University’s Class of 1980 established The Gregory T. Pope ’80 Prize for Science Writing in honor of their classmate, Gregory Thurston Pope, who passed away in 1996. He was a life-long writing enthusiast who worked professionally as a science writer and editor. The Council of Science and Technology confers The Pope Prize annually to a graduating senior who is able to communicate scientific information through journalism to a general audience. Recipients are presented an award certificate and a monetary prize.   

The award certificate will be presented to Madelyn on Class Day by Astrophysics’ Neta A. Bahcall, Eugene Higgins Professor of Astrophysical Sciences and the Undergraduate Representative. David Spergel, Charles A. Young Professor of Astronomy, serves as Madelyn’s research advisor. 

Additional information about the Prize can be read here