Merritt Science Journalism Award. Duke Pratt School of Engineering.


Judges selected the thought-provoking "Are Our Scientific Heroes Too Heroic?" from among several strong entries to be the winner of the 2017 Merritt Award. Originally published in the guest blog on, the article was written by Brenda Yang, a PhD student in psychology and neuroscience. Her article is a meditation on how the manner in which stories of scientific success are told may change the performance of students studying science. Judges praised Yang's inspiring and self-reflective work, which included references to her experiences as a teacher and a student.