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August 17, 2010

I became involved with the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in 2000 hosted in Detroit, MI. The following year the Fair was coming to San Jose, CA and I was part of the Host Committee so I went to Detroit to shadow the role I would do the following year. It was love at first sight! SSP, the moderator of the Fair in every host city, had (and has) a fabulous team that knows their responsibilities and are dedicated to making the Fair the best for the students! The Fair was just hosted again in San Jose, CA in May 2010 and I was again part of the Host Committee (and the Board of Directors) so I had extensive interaction with them over the past year. Having boycotted the science fair when I was in 8th Grade it is a weird come-uppance but I do not regret the decision to become involved and it is what keeps me coming back year after year! Come join and support the fun!

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

my two roles on Host Committees (2001 and 2010) and attending the Fair every year doing my Display & Safety role, SSP makes it all seem easy.

Ways to make it better...

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

get them the help and support they need to make sure the Fair maintains its World Class status.

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

The people and their dedication.

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

knowledge, friendly, and committed.

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

make sure its efforts on Intel ISEF (and its other charges) could be all that they can be!

Ways to make it better...

it had more financial backing and volunteer counts.

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

keeping excitement going for science, math and engineering realms in our youth.

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

send some money and give your time!

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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I have worked with this organization for many years and have always been impressed with what it can accomplish with such a small staff. SSP has assisted thousands, if not millions, of students to conduct scientific research through the publication of Rules over the years and has also obtained the judges and awards from universities, governmental agencies, industries, and other nonprofit organizations to reward these same students for their accomplishments. Literally millions of dollars have enabled thousands of students to pursue their dreams through scholarships, internships, and interaction with Nobel Laureates. One of my students won 2 special awards as a 9th grader which led to her presentation of project at two professional conferences. This exposure was outstanding for a 15 year old student. Their website and publications are a great source of information for not only the students but teachers mentoring the students. Another former student read about a project in a university and adapted it to our local community. She went to ISEF twice and even though she didn't win large awards, her experience in research led to her publication as a freshman at Duke. I doubt that anyone could ever ascertain the true impact that SSP (Science Service) has had on the youth of the world through their leadership in the International Science & Engineering Fair.

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

I have personally volunteered on committees of the organization and used their publications in my classes to promote scientific literacy and research.

Ways to make it better...

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

If I had to make changes to this organization I would suggest the changes since SSP is very open to constructive comments.

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

their willingness to help the students and teachers wherever possible

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

always helpful and congenial

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

help more students and teachers

Ways to make it better...

If I could work with them every year at their competitions

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

the number of people using their information and the misconceptions that some people have about the forms

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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SSP is responsible for my daughter's success and for me not paying a dime for her college education! It all started when she was 13 years old and won a trip to Washington D.C. through one of the SSP programs to encourage interest in research. The excitement continued all throughout High School as she attended SSP and Intel's ISEF (International fair.) Due to her involvement, she won so many scholarships that I paid not one dime for her college or expenses. She is now finishing her Master's degree at St. Andrews University in Scotland. SSP is an amazing, quality organization that deserves the highest reviews!

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

I have worked with this organization primarily as a parent. However, due to my excitement for all that they have doe for my daughter and others like her, I now am also involved in Science fairs. They made a convert out of me! I now serve on the Board.

Ways to make it better...

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

No changes, unless it were to be to provide enough funding so that they may expand programs to even more youths!

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

watching the amazing growth in students after being involved with SSP and their programs!

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

of the highest quality, professional and caring during each and every encounter!

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

reach even more students who may be under-represented int eh science and engineering fields and teach all students how to conduct real research rather than just the memorization of facts.

Ways to make it better...

every student were able to have this wonderful experience so I would not feel so guilty.

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

that so many students need what they offer and they don't have the funding to expand.

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

If you only give to one cause, consider this one. It will change the lives of so many children.

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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