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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.

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Being selected as a Broadcom MASTERS finalist was truly an amazing experience. We were treated exceptionally well, learned a bunch of science, and met each other and lots of other cool people (Barack Obama anyone?).

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter was selected as a Broadcom Master and loved the experience! It allowed her to connect with other kids who love to work in science and math, while meeting heads of companies who helped them learn more. SSP really does a great job in leading our future in Science.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Superb source for stem subjects and major contributor to science literacy.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an educator and parent of an INTEL ISEF Alumnus I can't begin to say enough about the opportunities that Society for Science & the Public provide for students. The interaction that goes on between young people from all over the world combined with the support they receive from some of the best scientists and business people from across the globe is unparalleled. To let kids know that it is okay to be smart and excel is so important in today's world! Perhaps by encouraging students from all over our world to get to know one another (as SSP does) we will begin to alleviate some of the hatred and misunderstanding that is perpetuated by ignorance.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a participant in ISEF, a science competition that SSP runs, and it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. The community of like-minded high schoolers from around the world makes one appreciate the incredible accomplishments of one's peers. Also, at ISEF, I had the chance to enjoy experiences such as hearing Nobel prizewinners speak, and I will remember those experiences for a long time. SSP's impact extends beyond ISEF, as the affiliate fairs of SSP motivate many high schoolers to participate in science. I think that SSP is an amazing nonprofit because of all that it provides to high school students interested in science.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

SSP is amazing and greatly encourages our next generation of leaders and provides opportunities for students that never would have had a chance. I've worked with many of the staff over 5 years and see the dedication and teamwork with everyone. I've been involved in judging, volunteering, inspecting, and organizing and can't believe how well it all works.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked closely with SSP for over 15 years related to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Great group of people dedicated to providing the highest standards and concerns for promoting worldwide development of curricula and focus of science for students. All my efforts are volunteered and it is *SO* worth it!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

For the past two and half years, this organization helped my science program with funds to help buy field equipment for students' research projects. These projects then won ribbons and awards at the regional science fair and national competitions, but watching the students become actively involved with data collecting and determining the solutions to environmental problems was the real success. The Society for Science & the Public raised our science comprehension and understanding to the highest level for all of my students.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Science News for Students web-site is my go-to resource for disciplinary literacy. Thanks to donor support they are able to provide a free resource for students and educators. The writing is engaging, and I find the articles especially helpful for teaching students to see cause and effect relationships, identify literary devices in informational text, and to compare and contrast findings. The website allows teachers and students to search by topic and the cool science jobs section is a great way to help students see the connections between the classroom and their future.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful experience every time. Well organized and timingly informed

lbryantsspfellow

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

1 Sam_33

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a volunteer at ISEF for four years and hope to return!
The organization goes above and beyond to make sure that the kids have a great time and enjoy the returns of all their hard work. If you could see behind the scenes how hard these people work to make sure that everyone has a good time, you'd be surprised. A lot of the volunteer work is handing out supplies to kids, stuffing bags, or playing security, but it's all about the people. Many of the volunteers return year after year- some have been there for twenty years! It's kind of like a second family that you only get to see for a week in May.