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August 31, 2010

The Society for Science and the Public Fellowship I received has transformed my classroom. The six subjects I teach now have a research basis along with the required academic material. I have improved the quality of scientific research in my classroom thanks to what I learned through the SSP Summer Institute. Not only do we now have a student research group that meets after school to work on projects, but we also have a junior high and high school robotics team for the second year. I teach at a rural pre-K through 12th school with less than 300 students. Without the assistance of SSP, these opportunities would not be possible for my students. The goal of this fellowship is to promote student research and to provide opportunities for students to collaborate with science mentors in either academia or industry. My students have attended classes and workshops at universities specifically to improve their science content, develop research projects, and learn robotics, all through the generosity of my SSP fellowship. I have had students make it to the State Science and Engineering Fair during my first year as a SSP fellow and plan on having students reach the Intel ISEF within the next year! As a fellow, I had the opportunity of attending the Intel ISEF and Intel Educator Academy in 2010. What an awesome experience for me as an observing teacher. I can't wait until I have a student who is part of this wonderful opportunity. Thank you SSP and Intel for all you do for students and science!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As a recipient of a Society for Science and the Public Fellowship.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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My involvement with the Society for Science & the Public (SSP) was related to my oldest son, Rick in conjunction with the Ninth Annual Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge (DCYSC) co-sponsored with Discovery Communications. It attempted to find “America’s Top Young Scientist of the Year” from a field of about 80,000 US middle school students. Rick was one of the 40 finalists. Although I disagreed with the final decision of the judges ( :-} Rick did not win), it was one of the greatest experiences of his young life. I say this in light of the fact that he had spoken at over a dozen academic conferences by this point, to note only one aspect of his life. He was truly more distressed by the end of the challenge that that he did not win. That really says something about the experience. But what may say more is the fact that he connected with the other finalists to such an extent that he turned down a behind the scenes tour at the Smithsonian to be with his new friends and colleagues after only a hour of knowing them. Many of them still correspond. How cool is that! But my experiences with the SSP did not end there. They have provided Rick and countess other promising high school students with the opportunity to shine at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, which Rick attended in both 2009 and 2010. This proved to be at least as rewarding as the DCYSC and he enjoyed it immensely, again failing to bring home one of the big prizes. What does this say about the experience provided by SSP, if even the non-winners (and they can’t all win) bring home so much from their programs. Far from being discouraged, my son hopes to attend the Intel Science Talent Search for this year and also hopes to make it back to ISEF next spring. And once again, the contacts made there will likely last a lifetime. So as much as the science fair experience itself, the opportunity to bring together the best and brightest is a feat unto itself. Rick’s experiences have also inspired both of his younger siblings to become involved in science fairs primarily due to what has been provided with SSP. Even my wife and I became involved as judges at ISEF last year (although they would not let me judge Rick’s project :-} ). Both of us found other categories in which we were qualified and the two of us came away from the experience inspired. Since fifth grade, Rick had been caught up in school and regional science fairs which progressed to DCYSC and state fair since eighth grade. For the last two years, he was honored to participate at ISEF. Not only has this stimulated his interest in science, but it has encouraged him to continue his research on an obscure Asian tortoise, about which very little is known. He has become more proficient and professional interacting with his peers and also sharing his experiences with them stimulating their own interest. SSP not only inspires greatness, but encourages and nurtures it. Rick would not be where he is today with SSP.

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in conjunction with the amazing work they have done encouraging young people and providing them with experience and a real sense of pride in themselves. I've seen the results of SSP on many lives who have greatly benefited from the experiences provided.

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

make it bigger, encompassing a greater scope to influence the lives of the best of the young people amoung us. For if we do not provide the experences they need, they will not rise to the challenge and from where will our next Einstein emerge.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the opportunities they provide to those who would best benefit from it. The encouragement, experences, and pure joy of those lucky enough to participate in their programs is a sight to see. I wish more could do so.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, knowledeable, friendly, helpful, and encouraging.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world. really...

Ways to make it better...

it had started many mamy years ago. But I intend to make up for lost time and volunteer on a regular basis.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding and finding new vistas to challenge our young people.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I was proud to be counted amoung their many wonderful volunteers. Noone who could experience their work could fail to come away better for it.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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In addition to publishing Science News, an excellent, weekly non-technical overview of recent developments in science, SSP provides numerous opportunities for young students to actually DO science. The programs they administer such as ISEF, STS offer the chance for students to display the results of real research investigations. Today's high school curriculum is often limited to the tedium of learning material for standardized tests. But many of the programs SSP offers give students a chance to taste what real science is all about and a chance to be recognized for it.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In the ISEF and STS programs they adminster.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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The opportunities provided to young people thanks to the dedication of the Society For Science & The Public are incredible. The International Science & Engineering Fair (which I attended three times as the chaperone for our regional fair's participants at ISEF) is the best organized, most professional student event I have ever witnessed. The amount of detail required to arrange facilties and activities in a major city's convention center and various venues around town, arrange hundreds of judges, keynote speakers, sponsors who provide thousands of dollars in scholarships, and volunteers to handle airport transportation, registration, and behind the scenes activities is simply amazing. I miss being able to attend ISEF as it was rewarding both as a parent and a representative of our region. I wish more people knew just how cool this event is. Thanks to this dedicated organization!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

serving as Adult in Charge with our local delegation.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

interacting with so many intelligent, creative, and polite high school students from all over the world and learning more about science.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, hard working, and very professional.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

ensure the future of the International Science & Engineering Fair without having to raise funds every year.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

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I have not come to know SSP through my own work, but through my eldest son participating in science fair. Beginning in fifth grade, my son has been involved in science fair at the regional and then state levels; finally, in tenth and eleventh grades he was invited to ISEF. This process has not only supported his interest in science and intensified his curiosity for doing research, but has also stimulated remarkable personal growth. Watching him mentor, encourage and congratulate his colleagues has been as tremendously rewarding for me as seeing his own advancement. Now, his experiences are motivating his younger sister to get involved as well. Last year, in an effort to be more involved with my son’s work, I accompanied him to the competition and served as a judge for the Medicine and Health Category. Having been an academic physician for the last 13 years, I have been entrenched in scientific research on multiple levels. The caliber of the investigations I evaluated was amazing, the encouragement given these students by the society astounding and the subsequent camaraderie generated by all the participants was inspiring. In a world full of international hatred, it is amazing to see young people given the ability to come together to share scientific ideas all in the name of innovation and conservation. The Society for Science & the Public provides the platform that allows this marvelous annual occurrence to happen. They should be congratulated for everything they do by every citizen of the world in every possible way.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

through the experiences of my child. This is not only a really rewarding thing for a parent to observe, but touching the lives of the next generation gives hope for the future.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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So far the program has provided funds, expertise, assistance to allow my students to conduct research in the classroom, and after school.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the valuable workshop and the development of a project management plan to incorporate research in the classroom and provide the funds to make it happen.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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SSP Fellows program has changed not only the lives of my students, but has given a community something to be proud of. The Fellows program provides training, financial resources, and mentoring to committed teachers willing to start independent scientific research programs in their under served schools. This program has enabled our school (having the highest poverty rate in our state, 91%) to go from having zero students competing in science competitions to Regional Science Fair Small School of the Year. We had students compete in State and International competitions because of the support of SSP. The direct and immediate impact of the training and funds shows the outstanding success of this program by SSP.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my classroom. I have students conducting groundbreaking scientific research everyday due to SSP's support.

Ways to make it better...

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

give this opportunity to every teacher.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

interacting with other teachers in the same situation I am in.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

the most amazing, helpful people I have met.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

have every high school studnet in the nation conducting scientific research.

Ways to make it better...

I could spend more time with the great people of SSP.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

continuing to fund great science programs in schools around the nation.

One thing I'd also say is that...

this organization has changed my life. I am no longer just a teacher I a teacher inspiring the next generation of great scientist.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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The opportunities that I have been given as a direct result of the Society For Science & The Public are countless and immeasurable. I honestly do not know where I would be today if it were not for their annual International Science and Engineering Fair. On top of being the absolute cornerstone of my resume for everything from precollegiate programs, to college applications, to now medical school applications; just mentioning that I participated in the event has opened so many doors for me. As a direct result, I was granted two full-time paid internships by NOAA and offered a $50,000 scholarship to college (among others indirectly). Had it not been for the hard work that they do in putting on this event year in and year out, I can honestly say that I would not be where I am today. I am forever in debt to their dedication and I know that I will respect all the volunteers and workers who organize the whole event and who run SFS&TP;for the rest of my life.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My life! Like I alluded to in my review, this organization is the sole reason I am where I am today (about to begin medical school). Without the valuable experience I gained, I would not be nearly as complete an individual that I am today.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

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This wonderful organization provided me with a grant as an SSP Fellow to set up a course dedicated to teaching Science research. The amazing training at the SSP Institute and continuous contact and support to ensure goals are met have helped me stay focused and organized, as well as energized! SSP is benefitting students and touching their lives by opening doors and opportunities for success and discovery! I am a HUGE fan! SSP gets a STANDING OVATION!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

SSP Fellows Grant has enabled me to teach a research course! The training I received and the respect with which teachers were treated at the training was energizing and inspirational. My studens' enthusiasm and commitment is due to SSP's provisions!

Ways to make it better...

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

Find a way for them to afford to give EVERY SCIENCE teacher the opportunity to experience a Fellows Institute! I would also love to experience being a Fellow every year instead of just one- but I believe we need to share and spread the great work of SSP

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The thorough and instense training and support for teaching Science Research! Learning to benefit students in Science is what SSP is all about!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Incredibly professional, creative, giving, full of passion for their work, and just top notch in their fields! These are truly special people whose focus is on Science, Research and getting it to the students and teachers!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Do even more wonders than it already does! The task of running the International Science Fair and the SSP Fellows Institute as well as the Science Talent Search is gargantuan. 10 million bucks could get them a few more staff!!

Ways to make it better...

I could attend the Fellows Institute for the rest of my professional career!! It was THAT GOOD! This whole experience has been amazing!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

getting the word out about who it is! It's amazing how many people know about their "products" like ISEF and STS, but no one know about SSP!

One thing I'd also say is that...

It would behoove technology and science related corporations to give financially to SSP! They make the most of the incredible talents, creativity & intelligence of their staff! We all benefit from the good SSP does in the long run!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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The Society for Science and the public is currently supporting my student research program at a rural school with a 100% Native American student population. As a teacher they have given me training and financial resources as well as ongoing mentoring support to better meet the needs of my students. The SSP Fellowship program is allowing me to do the things that I have only dreamed about doing in the science classroom due to the limited resources available in schools today. My teaching practices and my students will forever be positively impacted due to the support of SSP.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being a 2010 SSP Fellow. They have truly reached out to me as a teacher as well as my students in the most amazing ways!

Ways to make it better...

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

give them more money to reach more teachers and students! They are awesome!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the willingness to go above and beyond to help get students interested in science! I have never as a teacher experienced the resources and support that I have gotten through SSP.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

all so friendly, encouraging and helpful. After spending a week in D.C. with during super concentrated learning sessions I really got to know them well and enjoyed our time together. They are also pretty good kickball players. :)

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

really reach out to more kids and teachers. Wow, it would be awesome for SSP to be able to do more. I wish every science teacher could take this experience to their students.

Ways to make it better...

I could go and learn from SSP every year for the rest of my teaching career!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the challenges that face the nation. We are all working hard to get the US to rank higher in math and science fields!

One thing I'd also say is that...

thank you. I loved my experience with SSP and am still loving it! I can't say thank you enough!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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