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August 31, 2010

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August 31, 2010

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

August 30, 2010

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August 30, 2010

I have worked closely with SSP since 2002 when I became an Intel ISEF Affiliated Fair Director. I have been Chair of the Intel ISEF Advisory Council for nearly three years and cannot say enough positive about this organization. The staff at SSP are committed and passionate about their mission. SSP has provided awesome opportunities for a number of students from my region in Central NM. I was also a Guest Speaker at the 2010 SSP Teacher Fellows Institute which is an absolutely amazing program - applied for competitively by teachers from all over the US and abroad - run by Jennifer Carter, Director of Outreach. I would like to see programs like the Fellows program continue and be supported into the future. It is through teachers that we will ultimately make the biggest impact on upcoming students...teachers with passion for science, technology, engineering, & math education and research engender students with passion for learning...for asking great questions...and for having the courage to go after the answers to those questions.

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

the students and teachers I serve who have been impacted by involvement in our ISEF affiliated fair and those who have gone on to compete at Intel ISEF and in the Intel Science Talent Search. I also volunteer to work with SSP staff the week of ISEF.

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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

August 30, 2010

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August 30, 2010

Society for Science and the Public provide opportunities for both teachers and students across the globe that are focused on science education and science research. They also provide additional outreach opportunities, scholarships and fellowships for students including those from both rural and large urban area school districts. All of my experiences with SSP have been positive and educational.

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Students from our school district have participated in the International Science and Engineering Fair for many years. This experience has opened the eyes and doors for many of our students which has enriched their high school experience.

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About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 30, 2010

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August 30, 2010

Science research isn't just something for a professor in a university or an engineer in a laboratory. Middle school and high school students do science research too. Students can ask important questions, develop their own research skills and scientific insights, and even have results so compelling that they become acknowledged contributors to the progress of scientific knowledge. The goal of Society for Science and the Public is to identify, encourage, mentor and reward this next generation of technical innovators around the world. By sponsoring rigorous science competitions at the middle school and high school level, they showcase students who excel at science, not just in a classroom or on a test but also in the real world, creative experience of pursuing a research project. I have mentored, along with my husband, our own daughter and her teammates as they pursued research topics traditionally thought only the province of "rocket scientists." All of the students learned vital, practical science research skills, like programming and astronomy. But they also learned intangibles like how to be a valued teammate and an effective leader, how to problem solve together, and how to communicate their research to judges so respected that some have even won the Nobel Prize. For each of the students, their team research was one of the most important experiences of high school. Society for Science and the Public provides these opportunities to any middle school or high school student with a passion for science research. Through their work, ongoing since the 1940s, they have opened the doors for generations of technical innovators.

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I have attended many of the science competitions sponsored by SSP and gotten to know many of the student competitors over a period of years. I have enjoyed seeing the scientific and personal growth of these students and I'm a FAN of all of them.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 27, 2010

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August 27, 2010

Society for Science and the Public is an outstanding organization which gives kids a chance to compete in scientific endeavors and learn skills that will affect not only their future, but the future of the world. The kids who compete at ISEF are doing cutting edge science and their discoveries are making a difference in the world. The middle school kids who compete for the chance to participate in a competition in Washington DC learn skills that will not only help them schieve in high school, but will most likely set them on the path towards a career in science, math, engineering or technology. As a parent of two boys who are now in high school that had the chance to compete in Washington DC, I can attest to the life changing effect these competitions have had. My boys went from very shy, kids who would most likely sit quietly and listen in class, to boys who are actively striving to do their best and get the most out of every class, they dare give answers and ask questions and push the teachers to give their best every day. SSP is a fantastic organization, in my opinion they do more for the future of our nation than any other nonprofit because they are truely investing in the future.

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

The SSP middle school program and the Intel International Science Fair as a parent and as a teacher.

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

SSP definitely helps young people make a difference in the future.

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

Every volunteer I met was kind helpful and definitely interested in helping kids choose a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.

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

Send more young people to college and put the united states back at the lead of the pack in science and engineering.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 23, 2010

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August 23, 2010

I have volunteered since 1995, first helping in Display and Safety and now with the Scientific Review Committee. The organization has a tremendous staff that works more than a 'regular job' to assure that the experience these talented kids get is first class. This is a program that opens eyes and doors. It promotes the growth of the students as individuals and as teams and truly supports science, engineering and technology education.

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

Since 1995 - we have had numerous students from our region participate and teh Intel ISEF and Middle School Programs are life change events.

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

Increase the staff at SSP to relieve some of the tremendous burden that is placed on the existing staff. Provide the staff with tremendous bonuses - they deserve it!

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

The great people that are involved: staff, volunteers, students!

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

..fantastic and dedicated beyond the norm!

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

Assist the staff better to serve more students, and provide more students the opportunity to participate.

Ways to make it better...

... there was more time to see the student's projects at ISEF.

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

.. funding to keep it going and the space to allow expansion. Keeping the dedicated volunteers they have on board now and

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

This is a great organization with a mission that is so very important.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 17, 2010

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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.

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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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