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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Engineering & Technology, General Science, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid, Technology

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 the Society has through its award-winning publications and world-class science education competitions conveyed the excitement of science and research directly to the public. The Society has more than four million social media followers, 90,000 Science News subscribers across print and digital platforms, an estimated 10,000 Intel ISEF participants annually, and 50,000 science competition alumni of record. In 2015 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:

Science News (SN) offers readers bold, contemporary, award-winning editorial content from all fields and applications of science and technology. SN reaches approximately 90,000 subscribing members and paid digital readers, attracts more than 13 million online viewers annually and has more than four million followers on social media.


Science News for Students (SNS) is an award-winning website devoted to students in grades 6-9 and their teachers. A distinctive science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education tool that offers timely news stories written specifically to engage middle and high school students in the world of science, SNS attracts about four million visitors annually and has over one million followers on social media.


Regeneron Science Talent Search (Regeneron STS) is the nation’s most prestigious science research competition for high school seniors. In partnership with Westinghouse from 1942-1998, and with Intel from 1998-2016, the Regeneron STS provides a national stage to feature the nation’s best and brightest young minds who present original research to nationally-recognized professional scientists.


Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. The Intel ISEF provides an annual forum for more than 1,700 students in grades 9-12 from nearly every state in the U.S. and almost 80 countries, regions and territories to showcase their talent on an international stage. At Intel ISEF these top young scientific minds come together, are judged by doctoral level scientists and compete for more than $4 million in prizes and awards.


Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars) inspires middle school students to pursue their personal passion for STEM. Each year, 30 finalists are selected from a pool of 300 national semifinalists. The finalists earn a trip to the Broadcom MASTERS national finals week competition to showcase their science fair projects and compete in a four-day STEM competition that rewards independent research, scientific inquiry, hands-on learning and teamwork.

Community Stories

104 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Christine191

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The society for science has done far more for science teachers and science programs around the country than any other non-profit I know. They administer science research competitions (STS, ISEF) for high school students, which are motivating students. These high school students are often working at college and graduate levels, producing excellent quality papers. They are providing students and teachers with incredibly useful resources, such as Science News, a magazine designed specifically for middle/high school students and their teachers. They are providing workshops and training sessions for teachers, and grants to help school districts develop their science programs. I cannot say enough how valuable the Society for Science and the Public is for science education in this country.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is my first year teaching science research in high school and was very fortunate to have been invited by Society for Science and the public to its conference in Washington D.C. All the breakout sessions were filled with excellent information, skills and techniques shared by presenters. All these presenters actual science research teachers who have been working in this area for quite some time.
Thank you!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Society for Science & the Public provides learning opportunities for students by making science fun, interesting, understandable at any level. Check out Science News, Science News for Students, and more! And they have been doing it for decades! But the Society is also providing opportunities for teachers as well! They have now sponsored 2 teacher gatherings around the topic of student research... at no cost to teachers! And a recent program specifically targets underrepresented students in research! My students have a wealth opportunities available to them that they would not otherwise have! Thank you, SSP!

Client Served

Rating: 5

They will do anything to support you,. I have met some amazing educators and made many professional connections, I will take their experience and knowledge to my classroom and clubs. It is the best professional development program that I have been involved.

Thank you SSP

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Society for Science & the Public provided the environment for an amazing weekend for an immersion into the use of Science News in classes, entry into new Science Fair competitions for my students as well as methods and techniques so as to encourage student growth as well as challenges for students to foster their growth. As an Advocate, I am encouraged to provide new and creative support for those students that are underserved while encouraging their participation, continued growth and retention in STEM studies, potential careers and further education. I was energized by the Science Teachers Research Conference and have returned to school breathing new life into my program.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Attending this conference has lit a fire inside of me to doggedly pursue every opportunity I can to provide Independent Research opportunities for students. As a matter of fact after attending the conference the following Friday I met with a professor at a local university in order to develop a independent research opportunity for middle school students and it is hoped that in the future more opportunities can be developed for high school students.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My weekend in DC with the Society for Science and the Public was a highlight in my teaching career of 26 years. As a presenter, I felt empowered to share my insights on ethical decision making in science. The conference was very well organized and designed for us (the science teachers) to collaborate and learn from one another. The impact on students from all levels, academically and economically, is immense! They included programming that can help reach the underrepresented students in our schools and that can make all the difference in our world!! GREAT JOB BRINGING SCIENCE TEACHERS TOGETHER!!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Society for Science & the Public has done so much to not only help youth in our country, they are directly involved in aiding in the future of our scientific community. By providing students throughout our country to partake in authentic research is commendable and inspiring. As a teacher of a nationally recognized high school science research program, I am proud of the work I have done. Much of this is due to the outstanding work done by the Society for Science & the Public.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Kudos to the Society for its' efforts towards making the Research Educator weekend in Washington DC (Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, 2016 ) a productive, collaborative and successful event. For me personally, it was a great opportunity to network and brainstorm with teachers from around the country and to learn of the mechanics of the different science fairs that challenge our students. We are also grateful to the Society for giving us the opportunity to bring additional resources to students; especially to underserved and underrepresented students and to inner city schools and Title One schools.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The conference allowed to me to meet research teachers from across the country, and exchanged our practices. There were so many excellent sessions offered. This is one the best meeting that I have ever been to.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Society for Science & the Public is an incredibly important and needed organization that dedicates its finances and energy into bringing science education to students, as well as to the public at large. I have been fortunate enough to attend several of their outreach and science-related events with my students, and I am constantly amazed at the level of dedication they have in their mission, and the deep, positive role they play in nurturing the interests and careers of our future scientists. We need organizations like this, more than ever, and they will use donated funds in the most efficient and powerful way possible...by growing our next generation of scientists! Please consider helping...

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I just attended the most amazing conference for teachers in Washington D.C. I went not knowing much about how to get my students involved in research and I left with a plan of how I can successfully implement a research program at my school. The session choice was of such high caliber that I had a hard time deciding which ones to attend. By the third day I was not ready to leave but the information I brought back is user friendly and I feel I can be successful in starting a research program at my school. The logistics of the conference ran smoothly. I had a great experience before the conference with hotel and plane reservations as well as getting back home. The venue was beautiful and it was easy to navigate to the sessions, meals, rooms and outside events. The organizers were so upbeat and helpful and did not show any signs of stress. I felt like a valued professional which is not always the case in education. Over the past 24 years I have gone to many professional development conferences and many I regretted spending my time and energy attending. This conference has just set the standard for all conferences. It was the best run, offered instantaneously usable information and made me feel good about my profession. I am very excited to put a plan into action and see how my students take to it and excel.

Client Served

Rating: 5

SSP does amazing work. I teach in the inner-city. I had a student whose plan was to dropout, start a family, the end. After her involvement with SSP she is now in college majoring in Engineering and planning an amazing career. This opportunity would not exist if not for SSP

Advisor

Rating: 5

Year ago I met book of J. Ellenberg "How Not to Be Wrong. The Power of Mathematical Thinking" (New York Times Bestseller).

IMHO, Research Teachers Conference in DC had the same power of a bestseller "How Not to Be Wrong in Doing Research and Science Process with Students". I was really surprised, how many various powerful ways this conference had shown. Congratulations to organizers.

After comeback, I am immediately applying new knowledge from the conference, for example better concentration on gritty students, use of padlets in improving creativity, use of Science News samples which we obtained in teaching (e.g. based on the paper about oldest fossils, October 1, p. 7, we provide scans of fossils to study their geometry), better literature searches, more efficient research programs etc.

Cary J.

Advisor

Rating: 5

My experience is one for the ages! I had never heard of the Science Talent Search (STS) until an email from them arrived in the summer of 2015. The email said I could be part of a random drawing to attend a conference in the fall to learn about the program. I was fortunate enough to be chosen when someone else declined. After attending the conference I went back and told one of my students to apply. On the day of submission she told me that she was not going to submit because she thought they would laugh at her work. She ultimately submitted and went on to win a first place "Global Good" award and 150000$! My student was a girl from a humble upbringing in Bangor Maine who never dreamed something like this could happen. The STS program gives students from across this great country the opportunity to have experiences like my student had. I am forever grateful to them for what they have done and will do for countless others!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This experience was much more than I expected. I met and exchanged ideas with many wonderful teachers from around the country. I plan to continually collaborate with these teachers in order to keep improving my teaching strategies. I learned many things, received information and ways to contact possible resources that can improve my educational mission within the science research field with my students. I hope to be able to repeat this experience in the future. This type of activity is highly recommended and a necessity in order to to promote excellence within the science research field. The Society for Science & the Public is doing a great job in helping teachers reach their goals!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was selected as the Broadcom MASTERS International Delegate for the United Kingdom in 2015 and SSP and the Broadcom Foundation gave me one of the most memorable experiences of my life. They looked after us extremely well all week, planned very interesting and fun activities and gave us an amazing opportunity to meet other like minded students from around the world and learn from each other. They planned visits such as Disney Animation Studios, Carneigie Mellon University and more. It was a week that I won't be forgetting anytime soon.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was selected as one of the Broadcom MASTERS 2015 and it was an amazing experience. The SSP paid for us to come to California and encouraged us to learn about the different fields of science with different activities and events. We got to tour the Tesla Factory, NASA Ames Facility, and Lucasfilm. The SSP made the Science Fair feel more like a fun break from school as well as making it educational for us participants. The SSP is an amazing organization and it makes students want to study science while having fun.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

It was an amazing experience to have been selected as a Finalist in 2015. I got to network with 29 of the greatest minds in America aged 12-14, and learn so many new things about science! Silicon Valley is a place of much inspiration to a science lover like me, and getting to go to Tesla, NASA Ames, and Google HQ was only a great bonus.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son was a Broadcom MASTERS finalist in 2013. It is an incredible program and provided so many amazing experiences. My son has such fond memories of his week in Washingon DC and will never forget the people he met there. This experience has opened so many doors for him. It was truly an opportunity of a lifetime. Many thanks to Broadcom and the Society for Science & the Public!