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Top PI Sandy Knapp: Science storytelling for grant success

As a botanist at the Natural History Museum, Sandy Knapp is used to having her work put on display. But a knack for narrative can also pay off when pitching for grants, she tells Inga Vesper.

Sandy Knapp, the head of the plants division at London’s Natural History Museum, came to scientific research in a roundabout way. When embarking on her university career at Pomona College, a liberal arts university in the United States, she picked literature.

Liberal arts universities require each student to take one science class each term. Knapp settled on botany—and was soon hooked. “We went to the desert every weekend to study plants,” she says. “Plants just grabbed me and never let me go.”

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