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Society For Science & The Public

Rating: 4.91 stars   81 reviews 11,660

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1719 N St, NW Washington DC 20036 USA


Society for Science & the Public (SSP) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership organization dedicated to public engagement in scientific research and education. Our vision is to promote the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement: to inform, educate and inspire.



Since 1921 SSP has through its award-winning publications and world-class science education competitions conveyed the excitement of science and research directly to the public. SSP has nearly 500,000 social media followers, 120,000 Science News subscribers across print and digital platforms, over 75,000 newsletter subscribers, an estimated 10,000 Intel ISEF participants annually, and 40,000 science competition alumni of record. In 2012 the Society's websites realized over 13 million online visitors, and its education programs made hundreds of millions of worldwide media impressions. Educating and informing students, parents, teachers and the greater community about the evolving and influential world of science, we inspire the endless possibilities they have to offer.

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SSP is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership organization dedicated to public engagement in scientific research and education. Our vision is to promote the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement: to inform, educate and inspire.

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The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) is the world's largest international pre-college science competition.  The Intel ISEF annually provides a forum for more than 1,700 high school students from over 50 countries to showcase their independent research, while competing for almost $4 million in awards and scholarships. 

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Rating: 5 stars  

As an educator and parent of an INTEL ISEF Alumnus I can't begin to say enough about the opportunities that Society for Science & the Public provide for students. The interaction that goes on between young people from all over the world combined with the support they receive from some of the best scientists and business people from across the globe is unparalleled. To let kids know that it is okay to be smart and excel is so important in today's world! Perhaps by encouraging students from all over our world to get to know one another (as SSP does) we will begin to alleviate some of the hatred and misunderstanding that is perpetuated by ignorance.

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I was a participant in ISEF, a science competition that SSP runs, and it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. The community of like-minded high schoolers from around the world makes one appreciate the incredible accomplishments of one's peers. Also, at ISEF, I had the chance to enjoy experiences such as hearing Nobel prizewinners speak, and I will remember those experiences for a long time. SSP's impact extends beyond ISEF, as the affiliate fairs of SSP motivate many high schoolers to participate in science. I think that SSP is an amazing nonprofit because of all that it provides to high school students interested in science.

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SSP is amazing and greatly encourages our next generation of leaders and provides opportunities for students that never would have had a chance. I've worked with many of the staff over 5 years and see the dedication and teamwork with everyone. I've been involved in judging, volunteering, inspecting, and organizing and can't believe how well it all works.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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I have numerous connections with SSP, although my primary connection is thru ISEF. I am a member of the Local Arrangements Committee (LAC) for the Pittsburgh ISEF, Chair of Judging for Pittsburgh, a member of the Judge committee for the Pittsburgh Regional Fair ( a feeder fair to ISEF, and a member of the Judge Advisory Committee for ISEF.

I have a wide ranging relationship with people at SSP, from the Dr. Ajmira on down to administrative staff. This is primarily around ISEF. The relationship between SSP and the Pittsburgh LAC is one of 'family'. There is truly great personal affection for one another, but also great respect professionally. This is a team effort in which egos are put aside, and everyone works toward the same goal oif making this a tremendous experience for the student competitors and the visitors. While some reviews may pose some problems, WE REACH THAT "TREMENDOUS EXPERIENCE" GOAL.

The working relationship is key. Companies spend millions to get people to work together toward the same goal. We do it because the SSP people are dedicated to making it work, and the volunteers are similarly dedicated. We all seem to check the egos at the door.

SSP has a mission to promote the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement: to inform, educate, and inspire. Their science competitions reach hundreds of thousands of students around the world. While their competitions reach thousands of the best and brightest, there are hundreds of thousands competing in feeder fairs in schools, cities, regions, states, and countries. They all have the inspiration that they can do well, and reach the pinnacle of this world-wide competition. Many are inspired to continue study. SSP is inspiring our future tech workforce throughout the world. They are having a huge impact.

They do this thru their publications.

In a long career, my work with SSP is among the most satisfying things that i have done.

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I have worked closely with SSP for over 15 years related to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Great group of people dedicated to providing the highest standards and concerns for promoting worldwide development of curricula and focus of science for students. All my efforts are volunteered and it is *SO* worth it!

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Rating: 5 stars  

For the past two and half years, this organization helped my science program with funds to help buy field equipment for students' research projects. These projects then won ribbons and awards at the regional science fair and national competitions, but watching the students become actively involved with data collecting and determining the solutions to environmental problems was the real success. The Society for Science & the Public raised our science comprehension and understanding to the highest level for all of my students.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

The Science News for Students web-site is my go-to resource for disciplinary literacy. Thanks to donor support they are able to provide a free resource for students and educators. The writing is engaging, and I find the articles especially helpful for teaching students to see cause and effect relationships, identify literary devices in informational text, and to compare and contrast findings. The website allows teachers and students to search by topic and the cool science jobs section is a great way to help students see the connections between the classroom and their future.

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Wonderful experience every time. Well organized and timingly informed

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a senior fellow for Society for Science and the Public from Shuqualak, Mississippi. Shuqualak is a small rural economically drained town. Being a senior fellow means I am in the 4th year of my fellowship grant. I have 75 students who have benefitted from this amazing outreach program. One of my students is a first generation high school student headed to college. First in her family! Thanks to the SSP Grant, I have 20 students from single parent households who are doing meaningful research. Two of whom have graduated from The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science. All of the juniors and seniors in this program, have done service learning projects. Meaning they have worked with younger researchers to develop their ideas. None of these students would have received the recognition and achievement without Society for Science and the Public's Outreach efforts. The funding that they have provided has produced exponentially.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make their resources available to more deserving students!

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I was a volunteer at ISEF for four years and hope to return!
The organization goes above and beyond to make sure that the kids have a great time and enjoy the returns of all their hard work. If you could see behind the scenes how hard these people work to make sure that everyone has a good time, you'd be surprised. A lot of the volunteer work is handing out supplies to kids, stuffing bags, or playing security, but it's all about the people. Many of the volunteers return year after year- some have been there for twenty years! It's kind of like a second family that you only get to see for a week in May.

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