Maurice E. and Grace W. White Life Sciences Communication Scholarship

Maurice “Maury” White was born on Dec. 14, 1918, on his family farm near Clam Falls, WI. He attended UW-Madison and majored in Agricultural Journalism (now LSC) earning a B.S. in 1946 and a M.S. in 1947. He married Grace Witter in 1947. She graduated in 1947 from UW-Madison with a B.S. in Home Economics Journalism. After serving in the U.S. Army, Maury’s career included: radio farm director and professor at UW-Madison and Director of the Farm and Industry Short Course.

Congratulations to our 2021-2022 Maurice E. and Grace W. White Life Sciences Communication Scholarship recipient!

Leonardo Barolo Gargiulo

Degree program: M.S. in Life Sciences Communication

Hometown: São Paulo, Brazil

This scholarship is a huge honor and will allow me to take classes over the summer. Summer courses are very time-consuming since they are compressed into a few weeks, making it extremely difficult or even impossible to attend class and work a full-time job simultaneously. With this scholarship, I’ll be able to take classes while working part-time, which will allow me to take courses I otherwise could not. Additionally, the scholarship may allow me to work fewer hours during the regular semesters. That way, I can use that time to focus on my research.

Future goals: After I complete my master’s, I plan on pursuing a Ph.D. to continue researching how different media can bridge the gap between science and the public, focusing on visual narratives. I also haven’t ruled out going into the private sector, where I would like to create a structure to connect scientists to visual storytellers. Alternatively, I could write scientific stories myself. Whatever the future has in store for me, it is very reassuring to be in a program that allows for so many career opportunities.