Society For Science & The Public

Rating: 4.91 stars   81 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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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 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!

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?

2015

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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 Society for Science and the Public is a wonderfully supportive organization that understands (better than most organizations) how the key to our future is in supporting our energetic, dedicated, intelligent students. They have done this by their constant support and promotion of the Intel Science Talent Search and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Those two opportunities are the "dream" of the students in our course (and our science fair) year after year.

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

see comments in the "your review" section above. They are a wonderful, supportive organization that is focused on creating opportunities for the future scientists/engineers/psychologists...

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

Offer more significant awards to more students at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. These are the students that will likely shape the future in areas such as Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Computer Science and Enviro.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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I became involved with science fairs when I helped some students with their science projects more than 10 years ago. This led to my judging local fairs and eventually judging the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) for the Society for Science and the Public (SSP). They regard good judging as essential. SSP gives it the resources and attention needed.

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

the finalists as they develop their knowledge of science and research skills. They make friendships that will last a lifetime. SSP publishes "Science News" which is a very good science magazine.

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

not make any changes. They are constantly looking for ways to be better.

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

talking with the finalist and working with the staff and other volunteers.

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

dedicated, friendly, helpful, knowledgeable.

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

give more help to disadvantaged students.

Ways to make it better...

there was more time to talk to the finalists.

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

making sure students who don`t have much to work with are are encouraged and their accomplishments recognized. The organization needs to encourage mentors and create other opportunities for as many students as possible.

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

they do a great job.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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I taught at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology since it first opened in 1987. Over the years, I taught Creative Writing and AP Language to gifted science, math and technology students. Some of my best writers were students who were winners or finalists in the Westinghouse/Intel Science Talent Search. I began to realize how closely related the arts were to the sciences. Parade of students over the last twenty-five years brought their final papers to me to proof before they submitted them to the competition. I didn’t always understand the science in their work, but I could help them make their writing clear and accessible. It was not until I retired and put on another hat that a realized how much Intel influenced our school. I have been working for two years at writing a book that tells the school’s twenty-five year history. My research from the beginning told me how much the Westinghouse/Intel competitions directed and transformed learning and achievement for our most gifted young scientists. We have hundred of semifinalists and finalists in our school’s history. I recall times in my writing classes watching students in deep conversations about their Intel research and their writings. They were some of the leading math wizards in the school. These kids were just as talented in math and science as in the humanities, but I realized then that they were living proof that we haven’t evolved to be mathematicians and/or statisticians. This is the way we must think if we are to make progress in understanding how the world works and, for that matter, how we ourselves work. Students who think these topics are unnatural subjects are right. It isn’t how humans think naturally. But it is how humans think rationally. And it is how scientists think. This is the way we must think if we are to make progress in understanding how the world works and, for that matter, how we ourselves work. These students were gifted and Intel was providing opportunities for all of us to nurture them and use their brilliance to push their boundaries so they could be part of the change that I knew through their creative and personal writing they wanted for our world. I applaud SSP and Intel for helping to make us successful.

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

I felt the power and influence of this organization the entire time I was teaching at TJHSST. Now that I am retired and writing a book about our school's twenty-five year history, I am amazed at their influence.

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One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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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.

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.

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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Society for Science, being the parent organization of the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair brings together the best and brightest young minds from around the world every year. They provide opportunities for students to connect with professionals in the field, visits to scientific laboratories such as CERN, and thousands of dollars in scholarship opportunities. I have had the pleasure of working with SSP as a teacher of a finalist for the International Fair, as an affiliated fair director and I was recently chosen as a 2010 SSP Fellow. I have found all of my experiences with them to be very positive. The fellowship is providing my underserved students an opportunity to pursue science research projects. Not only does SSP provide the funding, but they also provide the educational framework necessary to develop a successful research program and support throughout the process. I highly recommend SSP and would rate them #1 among scientific non-profit organizations.

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

participation with science fairs and the 2010 Fellows Institute. My students have won thousands of dollars at the International Fair, which provided for an education they may not have otherwise been able to afford!

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

working with so many people committed to helping students succeed!

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

incredibly accomodating and professional!

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

continue its incredible work reaching out to students!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Without the help and support of SSP and Intel I would not be able to offer my students a very unique opportunity of applied science and research at the high school level. Their support has helped public high school students see their potential. It has also helped me grow as a professional.

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

Past ISEF science fairs and as a 2009 Fellow.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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I recently attended a workshop for science teachers hosted by SSP in Washington DC. While there I had a chance to meet many of the staff members involved in promoting ISEF, The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. I was impressed with eveyones desire to be part of a quality organization that scincerely wants to promote science to all people. I felt that I was connected to people who truely can affect the change of America to a more scientifically literate society. The staff at SSP diligently works at making science understandable to everyone. Their interest in getting more students interested in science by supporting entries into the ISEF competitions and by supporting high school research in under represented schools is an unmatched endeavor that is sorely needed in our Nation. For this I applaud them and I try to spread the news to other teachers about the opportunities they provide.

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

As a result of my participation with this organization, my students have become excited about science and are knocking at my classroom door and emailing me during the summer to ask how they can be part of ISEF.

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

Make Science Rule the World!

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

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