Society for Science & the Public

Rating: 4.94 stars   69 reviews

Issues: Technology, Education

Location: 1719 N St, NW Washington DC 20036 USA

Mission:

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.

 


Results: 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.
Target demographics: 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.
Geographic areas served: U.S. and international
Programs:

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  

I cannot begin to share all the outcomes that the Society for Science and the Public has directly contribute to in our small rural school! Four years ago, I applied for the SSP Fellows Program and to my amazement, I was fortunate to be selected. I am a 36-year teaching veteran, and I can honestly say that this is the best program for advancing student research in rural and inner city schools in the country! The SSP gave me the training and the financial resources to develop a strong research program in my school. This was no easy undertaking, but the rewards have been many. The total student population is less than 250 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. We are not only one of the smallest districts in the state, we are one of the poorest districts in the state. After a four year investment in the program, you may ask what is there to show that the money was well spent? The students have been quite successful over the past four years. They have won top awards at the local, state, regional, national and international levels. Last year one student, Brittany King, was selected as one of the top four Agriscience Research students in the nation. Another student, Dylan Lyle, received a first place at the International Sustainable Environment, Energy and Engineering Olympiad(ISWEEEP) in Houston, Texas. This year we had the top two projects in the state of Missouri at the Missouri Junior Academy of Science, Tara Humphreys and Ashley Wyrick! In addition, two students have advanced to ISWEEEP in Houston (Ross Sparrow and Ashley Wyrick), and just yesterday another student, Sara Abbett, was notified that she was the state finalist for Missouri for the Stockholm Junior Water Prize and will be competing in Portland, Oregon in June. Next week, our students compete in the Missouri Agriscience Fair with their research, and we will then know who will be advancing to the National FFA Agriscience Fair. Last year four students from our program advanced. More important than doing well in the competitions is the confidence that the students have gained in the program. All of the students that have participated in the program have gone on to college and their success continues at that level. Several are in undergraduate research programs. One is already working part time in a federal research facility. All this would not have been possible without the support of the Society for Science and the Public. The fellowship grant ends this year, but the program will continue for many years to come. We are forever grateful!!!
Constance Wyrick
Tuscumbia High School
Tuscumbia, MO

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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I work with rural students in one of the poorest counties in Missouri. Our school population (K-12)is around 290 students. The SSP provided training for me to start an independent science research program for my students. In addition, as part of the SSP Fellows Program, my students had the funds to conduct authentic research. This past year one of my students competed at the National FFA Agriscience Fair and won top honors in the zoology category. We had never had that kind of success before. The same student is now employed at a national environmental science research laboratory while attending college this year. The support of the SSP has been invaluable and I am so grateful for the organization's involvement in underserved students!

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

Their educational, professional development and financial support has been incredible!

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

the support that has been provided

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

incredibly helpful

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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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.

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.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-5-01

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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!!

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!

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

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?

2010-7-01

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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.

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!

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

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

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?

2010-8-01

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I was inducted as a Fellow into the Society for Science and the Public (SSP) in 2009. As a Fellow, I received a generous 4-year renewable grant to facilitate research opportunities for my students. Equally important, I have access to continual support, mentoring and encouragement as I tackle the multiple challenges of involving my students in scientific research. SSP provided an invaluable week-long workshop at the beginning of the Fellowship, and followed up with a constant flow of information and networking opportunities. Our initial concentration on salt marsh investigations has grown and evolved to include many projects including a solar energy investigation. My students placed first and second at the regional Young Science Achievers competition and have just received notice that the marsh research was accepted for presentation at the annual conference of Geologic Society of America in November.

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

Collaboration with other teachers, mentors and scientists has excited my creativity and bolstered my confidence to try new ways of engaging students. When I get discouraged or feel that I am not using the most productive approach, SSP has provided advice.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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The support and services received by being a fellow has made a tremendous impact on science education/research in my community. By being a fellow, I received financial support to run a research class in the high school. Students worked on local community issues solving soil problems and discovering the a potential growth accelerant in plants that would enable farmers to grow food in half the amount of time of normal growth. My students were so successful in their projects, that they received over half of the regional fair awards and a bid to the ISEF our first year running the program. I've been renewed and can't wait to see what my students will be able to do this coming year.

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

SSP has been very efficient in communication, delivering their promised support, and working behind the scenes for additional support. The expect the best from me, but also enable me to achieve it.

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

Move it's head quarters to the mid west so I would only have to take one plane instead of two to participate in SSP Fellow programs.

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

The director of out reach: Jennifer Carter - she is infectiously energetic.

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

All Professional and very helpful down to the mail room clerk who helped with photography at one of the fellow's institute.

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

It could do further outreach for more teachers in more states.

Ways to make it better...

I didn't have to fly to dc. :) personal preference only - I understand why it is important to be in the nation's capital.

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

limited money - they have it so together, with required program management planning that not one cent is wasted - should they have more money, they could help more people.

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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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!

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.

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!

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?

2010-5-01

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