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Nonprofit Overview

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

Mission: Society for Science & the Public (Society) is a champion for science dedicated to expanding scientific literacy, effective STEM education and scientific research. We are best known for our world class science competitions—Regeneron Science Talent Search, Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and Broadcom MASTERS; our award-winning magazine, Science News; and our innovative STEM outreach and equity programs.

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 2016 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.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

  • More than 120,000 subscribers, more than 18 million unique website visitors during the past year, 2.7 million Facebook fans and 2.24 million Twitter followers of Science News.
  • Millions of students impacted by our Affiliated Fair Network and approximately 2,000 students who compete in person as a Finalist in either our STS, ISEF or Broadcom competitions annually.
  • A community of more than 60,000 alumni of our competitions who are thought leaders and innovators of all ages and from all industries.
  • More than 4,200 schools that are part of our Science News in High Schools program. During the 2016-2017 school year, this provided access to more than 4 million students in all 50 states, which is more than 30 percent of the public high school students in the United States.
  • A cohort of 31 Advocates in the 2016-17 Advocate Grant Program reaching approximately 350 students.

Geographic areas served: U.S. and international

Programs:

Champion of science literacy and journalism for the public: Since 1922, the Society has published Science News (SN), a vibrant and trusted source of science journalism that is concise and comprehensive. The Science News Media Group (SNMG) offers readers bold, contemporary, award-winning editorial content, informative imagery, a blog network, educational products and access to archives going back to 1924. This material includes Science News for Students (SNS), launched in 2003 as a youth edition and companion to SN, an award-winning free digital resource serving students, parents and teachers.


Science News
For more than 90 years, Science News has provided concise, current and comprehensive coverage of all fields and applications of science and technology. Science News reaches approximately 90,000 print subscribers, all of whom have access to the Science News digital edition on their mobile device or tablet, and ScienceNews.org has more than 11 million annual unique visitors.


Science News for Students
Science News for Students (SNS), previously known as Science News for Kids, is an award-winning website written specifically for students, educators and parents. Reaching millions of visitors each year, SNS provides an important, widely used and credible science resource, bringing science and Science News into the classroom, after-school programming and out of school activities. This online publication is offered free of charge.



One of the largest STEM education providers in the world: For decades, the Society has offered many of the most revered science education competitions in the world: the Regeneron Science Talent Search (STS), formerly sponsored by Intel and Westinghouse; the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF); and the Broadcom MASTERS. The Society’s Affiliated Fair Network is a gateway to higher education and STEM careers for millions of students worldwide each year.


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.



Growing focus on equity: We have recently expanded our Outreach and Equity work to ensure that more young people have opportunities to engage with accurate science content and experience the benefits of science research competitions. These programs include Science News in High Schools, the Advocate Grant Program, the Research Teachers Conference and STEM Action and Research Grants.


Science News in High Schools
Science News in High Schools Science News in High Schools brings Science News magazine to high schools across the U.S. and worldwide. The program offers teachers and students access to the latest in-depth reporting on science topics—transforming how students and educators interact with science in the classroom by providing them with real-world examples, information, and inspiration. With access to this important resource, teachers can best help students link what they are learning in their textbooks and labs to the latest discoveries, making topics more current, relevant and understandable and inspiring more young people to pursue science careers. All high schools students in schools with this program will have full digital access to SN both in school and at home.


Advocate Grant Program
The Advocate Grant Program provides a stipend to an individual (teacher, counselor, mentor), who agrees to serve as an advocate for three to five underrepresented students to transition them from conducting a scientific or engineering research project to completing applications to scientific competition(s). Advocates help transition their students from conducting scientific or engineering research projects to aspiring to a next step of presenting the results of their research by applying and entering scientific competitions. The Society believes these advocates will make a tremendous impact in ensuring that underrepresented students submit high quality applications to scientific competitions and in turn will add to the number of underrepresented students who are competing for and winning these prestigious and life-altering awards.


Research Teachers Conference
This annual conference brings together science research teachers for what one participant called “the best professional development experience of my career.” The teachers, selected via lottery, will receive an all-expenses paid weekend to share best practices, troubleshoot challenges that may arise in supporting students in independent science research and learn more about the Society and the Regeneron Science Talent Search.The conference will address topics such as completing research in a high school lab, finding and placing students in summer programs, obtaining pre-approval for projects relating to humans and animals, combating plagiarism and reaching underserved students.


STEM Action and Research Grants
These grants allow the Society to support nonprofit organizations providing STEM opportunities and enable teachers to expand and enhance their independent research programs for students. Special consideration is given to those working with underserved students.

Community Stories

132 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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This nonprofit helped bring teachers together from across the country to share experiences, ideas, and grow as educators. I have nothing but good things to say about them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Society for Science & the Public has provided services that empowers me to bridge equity gaps in science education.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Society for Science & the Public helps science educators and students tremendously! As a public school teacher for the past 12 years, I have not encountered an organization that has given as much opportunity to my students as they have.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Many organizations talk about empowering teachers and students, but this organization does it better than any other I have yet encountered. They spend time and resources allowing students and teachers to gather, share ideas, and learn from each other through professional development conferences and competitions geared toward helping students participate in scientific research in secondary school. I attended one of the conferences as a teacher as was impressed at how many of the sessions were run by my fellow teachers who had really fantastic ideas and had experienced a lot of success in their programs. They trust that teachers have innate desires to help students succeed and give them the tools necessary to reach their potential.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I attended a conference in Washington, D.C. that was hosted by the Society for Science & the Public. I had the opportunity to go to Capitol Hill and meet with my local representatives and tell them about all the amazing STEM activities that I do with my students. I also had the chance to collaborate with 200 high school teachers and learn new exciting ways to make science fun in the classroom.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Society for Science and the Public has been in my life for a long time now, I just didn't realize it. They let their sponsors and donors have the spotlight (a well-deserved spotlight), as the quietly do their work in the background to develop and share dynamic resources and dramatic competitions that forever change lives. I have long appreciated the lasting impact that they have on my students and myself. It wasn't until this weekend, attending their Research Teachers Conference in DC, that I have put all of the pieces together and realize that SSP is the fabric that weaves our science life together in so many ways. They stimulate our curiosity and interest with Science News. The International Science and Engineering Fair provides the incentive and organization to make good science happen and be shared, and the Research Teachers Conference keeps teachers connected and informed. Thank you to the Society (and their generous donors) for giving us so much!

Princesa VanBuren H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have worked with SSP through their programs for the last two decades. Their commitment to education of both students and teachers/mentors is tremendous. The staff at SSP are talented, dedicated, and responsive. This is a terrific organization focused on fulfilling an important mission.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wow! Society for Science & the Public is doing great work in promoting local and global science education and literacy to students, teachers, and the public. I am a teacher that attended their annual research teachers conference and was blown away by their dedication to providing opportunities to students and teachers to excel in the science field.

Shanaz B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing support for students in STEM! I just attended their annual Research Teachers Conference and learned so much that I could use for my classes.

Joel K.3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The SSP is exceptional at supporting science educators and making them feel like the professionals they are. They are concerned with equity and diversity and are always striving to improve what they do. I have been involved with a number of their programs supporting science education and they are always well managed, organized and valuable in terms of content and outcomes.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Society for Science & the Public promotes science education through many programs that benefit students, teachers and the public in general. With the assistance of outstanding sponsors, science research is recognized with international science fair activities and talent search opportunities with first-class organization. As a high school student from a rural county in North Florida, I was an international science fair winner forty years ago. The experience was life-changing and my passion for science ignited. I wanted other students in my little rural county high school to have the same opportunity I had, so I returned there to teach science courses with a research component. I have been bringing students to the ISEF for decades and enjoy watching the continued success of the participants after they return home motivated to pursue higher education and careers with confidence.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

SSP advocates science education and literacy through supporting students, teachers, and the public. They make the latest research obtainable to every person through their Science News magazine and organize major scientific fairs for high school and middle school students. It is these competitions that help fuel the excitement in STEM fields for kids and encourage them to dream big so that they can be the scientists of our future.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Society for Science and the Public have been very supportive of my students. We were given a grant for our science research class which helped acquire equipment and academic material. Also, it has provided a subscription to Science News in High school for the last two years. With these resources we have been able to keep up to date and complete our research projects on time.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My name is Marcia Butler. I attended the Research Teachers Conference at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, DC hosted by the Society for Science and the Public and generously sponsored by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals during the weekend of October 13, 2017 to October 15, 2017. I am a veteran science teacher of 22+ years and I must say that after having attended countless conferences over the years, the Research Teachers Conference was by far, the most impactful professional development opportunity I have been afforded. For the first time in a long time, I felt a genuine sense of appreciation for the humble practioners of the art of teaching science. I've devoted more than half of my adult life to developing the hearts and minds of the students that I have taught and currently teach, never asking for anything in return except that they try to work with me as best they can, to keep their feet firmly planted on the path of academic excellence. The Research Teachers Conference recharged my passion as a professional and I feel more committed to providing my students with a world-class education than ever before. The presenters who conducted the breakout sessions were knowledgeable as well as relatable and shared their experiences with unselfish enthusiasm which I greatly appreciated. Our hosts, the Society for Science and the Public were the consummate event planners. They left no stone unturned making sure that our experience was flawless. From the travel arrangements to the venue itself; the wonderful accommodations, keynote speakers and opportunities to network. I left the conference feeling revitalized, appreciated and equipped with new ideas to improve upon the way that I engage my students on a daily basis. There are times when a mere thank you seems inadequate and this is one of those occassions. Nevertheless, a heartfelt thank you is being extended to the dozens of people who made this conference possible.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Society for Science and the Public (SSP) is an organization that has brought out the best of my students, as well as of me, in terms of education in scientific research. Through its Intel ISEF programs, my students have been motivated to explore the world of science, and dared to be scientists at their young ages (I teach high school's science at P.R.). On the other hand, SSP offered me the opportunity to participate in the Research Teachers Conference program, a professional development program in which I learned from the experiences of fellow teachers from various US states. This made me understand that the educational problems that happened with my students are the same throughout the Nation. In addition, I learned new techniques to educate my students about investigative processes. I thank SSP for what they do for the teachers and society. This entity is needed for scientific research to continue to flourish among the younger generations, and thus develop the scientists of the future.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Society for Science and the Public is a superb, unique, non-profit organization whose mission to be "a champion for science, dedicated to expanding scientific literacy, effective STEM education and scientific research” is realized on a daily basis in many different ways.

For 20+ years, I've relied on the Society to guide me in helping my students develop original research projects. From articles in SCIENCE NEWS that have inspired students to find answers to their questions to challenging students to achieve their best in the top national and international science competitions, this outstanding institution has been a constant and invaluable presence in my classroom.

Recently, I participated in the Society’s 2017 Research Teachers Conference in Washington, D.C. and had the opportunity to share best practices with diverse and dedicated teachers from throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. In the course of the Conference weekend, I spoke with teachers working in under served areas, many of whom have been the one person with the initiative to set up a research program on shoe-string budget, often with little to no administrative support, and a host of other hurdles to clear. They were at the Conference because Society for Science & the Public staff have made it a priority to provide support to these teachers and their burgeoning programs. At a time when we all need to understand the basics of climate change, evolution, and DNA to weigh in on issues that accompany major scientific advances, this is a wonderful science organization to support!!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5


That was a momentous time in my life to have spent three days at the Research Teachers Conference in Washington, D.C. during October 13 to 15, 2017. Two hundred teachers from the nation, five from Georgia, and I am one among those special invitees was an exciting experience. The conference brought out the special in each and every one of us, the research teachers. I have been to many meetings/conferences for teachers and I can honestly say that this was the most successful in terms of the superb programs of the conference, and allowing time for teachers to really interact and demonstrate the collaborative productivity - not to mention the wonderful hospitality that we were shown and the meticulous care and arrangements. I can say the Society for Science and Public have very much achieved their aim for this conference far more!"
The deliberations at the conference were extraordinary; each and every presentation was well thought out and delivered. Invariably, all presentations were a real world interdisciplinary experience – including learning as a team. The interactions, connections, and networking offered by the conference have expanded my horizons. My ability to make a difference has enhanced and it also increased the strength of my vision to empower the future of this world in my classroom.
It was such an amazing experience for me from Luella High School, Georgia and Amanda Cherry from Mesa High School, Arizona (from two extreme locations) to have co-presented on "Literature Search" at the conference. Our session was amazingly well attended and received. It opened up abundant opportunities for both of us to stay connected with all participants in real time, throughout our lives.
Earlier, on Friday, October 13, I along with two other teachers met the Senator for Georgia at the Capitol Hil. It was a truly memorable and inspiring meeting and we spoke about the Research Teachers Conference, Society for Science and Public, Regeneron, and STEM Education. The Senator greatly appreciated the efforts of the Society for Science and Public to promote the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in improving scientific literacy and human advancement through outstanding programs and conferences for teachers, publications, and competitions for students. He also appreciated the partnership of Regeneron with the Society for Science and Public in sponsoring the 2017 Research Teachers Conference and the Regeneron Science Talent Search. The Senator actively listened to our active thoughts and proposals for STEM education in the country in general and in Georgia in particular. He assured us of his support to further strengthening the STEM education in the State. What a wonderful thought it was for the Senator's office to present us with delicious and nutritious peanuts of Georgia, the peanut capital of the world. This meeting shall stay evergreen in my memory.
On the last day of the conference, we met as region and State groups to plan the follow-up activities to move forward as a collective group to further enhance research competency in our students in our State. The knowledge, skills, and competencies I carry forward from this conference are beyond compare. Within this one week of return from the conference, I have transformed the perspectives and actions regarding the scientific research activities in our school and I have the new energy, drive, and vision to take our student research to greater heights. I am now more aware: "Vision with action can change the world."

The 2017 Research Teachers Conference at DC was a tremendous success. I express my tons thanks to SPS for this very useful and well organized Research Teachers Conference with outstanding intellectual and social programs and a cheerful atmosphere. I'm already looking forward to the next one.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The support of the Society for Science has made it possible for me to lead students to life changing experiences which they would not have had access to otherwise. The society provided the support I needed to make the jump into the research competition realm with my students. Without the financial support and the expertise shared, I would not have entered any students in competition last year. Instead we had students that won local, regional and state awards. In addition, one student has taken the initiative to start a related project at their university (aquaponics) and two are considering more challenging majors. Both indicated that these actions are directly due to the confidence gained from completing a sustained research project and entering competition. The support of the Society for Science and the Public is supporting teachers in changing lives!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have long known about the Society for Science and the Public concerning their involvement in science fairs. However it was only this past year that I learned the offer a program to assist and encourage under-represented student participation in science fairs. I volunteer at a school with a mission to help struggling students succeed. Often these students are very resilient but feel they can not accomplish similar career objectives as their peers. As part of the Advocate program sponsored by the Science and the Public, it is difficult to express in words the confidence and pride this program instilled into all the students at our school. The encouragement, mentoring and support has helped demonstrate to our students that not only can they accomplish more than they initially perceived but that their are people and organizations that desire to help them succeed beyond their own expectations. The Society for Science and the Public has provided me, the students I serve and our school in general with the training, resources and motivation to accomplish one of the great objectives of scientific investigation - to enter into the unknown with confidence.