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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

26 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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an SSP Advocate, I have had special training and support that has led to me being able to help dozens of economically disadvantaged students learn about research that can be entered into science fair competitions. Last year I had one student make it to the International Science and Engineering Fair and it changed his life for the better by helping him earn college scholarships. Other students are returning to continue pursuing the dream of solving a real world problem like field testing for Lyme Disease in ticks. SSP is helping me do more than I ever imagined possible! Without the help and support of SSP I would not be as actively involved in my community trying to ensure awareness of and access for all kids to science fair competitions.

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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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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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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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful experience every time. Well organized and timingly informed

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked as a volunteer with ISEF for the past four years and it has been an extremely rewarding experience. Meeting and talking with outstanding students from around the world who have submitted their research for evaluation has been very rewarding. I salute the people who organize and run ISEF for their dedication to science and to young people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 2

I was a volunteer at the ISEF in Pittsburgh. For the participants it was a great experience, they were all thrilled to have the opportunity to show off their capabilities and compete with others at the same level. As a volunteer I found it disorganized, too many volunteers standing around with nothing to do and no one seeming to know where help was needed. Many left out of frustration.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My son was a Finalist at I.S.E.F. all four yrs. of High School. He loved it! It was the greatest experience for him, competing and making friends from all over the world. Competing in science fairs helped him pay for college and to be an eloquent speaker and writer in college. He is now an Engineer in part due to his involvement w/ S.S.P.
I went and volunteered every year that he competed and now as a Board Member w/ his local fair I am still volunteering. This will be my 8th trip to I.S.E.F. to help out a great organization and I am all ready planning for 2016!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair is the premiere competition for high school students in the world. I have worked as a judge after a career of advising students, some of whom advanced to compete against the best in the world at ISEF. The competition helped these students stay on career paths in science and technology. Keep up the good work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter was one of the finalist of 2014 ISEF. One of the teachers suggested that I should volunteer as interpreter because I speak Spanish. What a great experience! I got to help a girl from Colombia who was presenting her ideas for a Cube Sat. Since I am a computer engineer I enjoyed the whole time. I helped a second day receiving children visiting the fair from public schools around LA and it was a very good experience too. Everything was very organized and they treated volunteers nicely: free conmemorative tshirts, delicious breakfast and lunch and they always made you feel really appreciated. Will do it again!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SSP provides outstanding independent research opportunities for students with a focus in the sciences. Over the years, I have witnessed students at the high school I teach at approach ISEF with a great deal of excitement, stating that it is the "single best opportunity afforded to students at our school" and it does please me that it is available for those top science students.

In recent years, I've become aware that ISEF is viewed in a similar manner by students, not only across the country, but throughout the World. It is the premier science competition for students and the event they talk about throughout the year.

Broadcom Masters is stimulating a similar interest in our younger students and, I hope, motivating them to pursue ISEF in their "later" years.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I was a student I studied seriously and my teachers taught me with great love and devotion responding positively to my curiosity. I became a teacher and they have given me the desire to work seriously and with love. I am grateful.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Its life changing! I found that this really changed my high school experience and my scientific future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can honestly say that the programs that SSP provides to the community changed my life. As a student with a learning disability I had little hope of pursuing my dream of becoming a professional scientist. Even many of my teachers encouraged me to 'have more realistic career ideas'. Programs like the Science Fair and STS provided a much needed voice of encouragement in my life. SSP not only encouraged me to complete my own experiments but to present them to the scientific community are part of the competitions they hosted. Through the science fair I was able to meet up with scientists who were willing to look beyond the weakness of my learning disability to mentor the inquisitive youth. Through STS I was able to gain the funds to take my love of science to the next level and attend college. An opportunity that without this type of support would have been nearly impossible. Because of the SSP mission my life was changed. I am no longer the student that teachers didn't expect to graduate from middle school let alone high school. I am now considered one of the top graduate students at my university and my research is slowly changing the world for the better.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved in Science Fairs for over 22 years and the International Fair since 1994. The parent body (SSP) that supports this fair does a tremendous job. They support the students, the teachers, and all who are trying to keep kids interested and inspired in the sciences, technology, and engineering.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My involvement with the Society for Science & the Public (SSP) was related to my oldest son, Rick in conjunction with the Ninth Annual Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge (DCYSC) co-sponsored with Discovery Communications. It attempted to find “America’s Top Young Scientist of the Year” from a field of about 80,000 US middle school students. Rick was one of the 40 finalists. Although I disagreed with the final decision of the judges ( :-} Rick did not win), it was one of the greatest experiences of his young life. I say this in light of the fact that he had spoken at over a dozen academic conferences by this point, to note only one aspect of his life. He was truly more distressed by the end of the challenge that that he did not win. That really says something about the experience. But what may say more is the fact that he connected with the other finalists to such an extent that he turned down a behind the scenes tour at the Smithsonian to be with his new friends and colleagues after only a hour of knowing them. Many of them still correspond. How cool is that! But my experiences with the SSP did not end there. They have provided Rick and countess other promising high school students with the opportunity to shine at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, which Rick attended in both 2009 and 2010. This proved to be at least as rewarding as the DCYSC and he enjoyed it immensely, again failing to bring home one of the big prizes. What does this say about the experience provided by SSP, if even the non-winners (and they can’t all win) bring home so much from their programs. Far from being discouraged, my son hopes to attend the Intel Science Talent Search for this year and also hopes to make it back to ISEF next spring. And once again, the contacts made there will likely last a lifetime. So as much as the science fair experience itself, the opportunity to bring together the best and brightest is a feat unto itself. Rick’s experiences have also inspired both of his younger siblings to become involved in science fairs primarily due to what has been provided with SSP. Even my wife and I became involved as judges at ISEF last year (although they would not let me judge Rick’s project :-} ). Both of us found other categories in which we were qualified and the two of us came away from the experience inspired. Since fifth grade, Rick had been caught up in school and regional science fairs which progressed to DCYSC and state fair since eighth grade. For the last two years, he was honored to participate at ISEF. Not only has this stimulated his interest in science, but it has encouraged him to continue his research on an obscure Asian tortoise, about which very little is known. He has become more proficient and professional interacting with his peers and also sharing his experiences with them stimulating their own interest. SSP not only inspires greatness, but encourages and nurtures it. Rick would not be where he is today with SSP.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The opportunities provided to young people thanks to the dedication of the Society For Science & The Public are incredible. The International Science & Engineering Fair (which I attended three times as the chaperone for our regional fair's participants at ISEF) is the best organized, most professional student event I have ever witnessed. The amount of detail required to arrange facilties and activities in a major city's convention center and various venues around town, arrange hundreds of judges, keynote speakers, sponsors who provide thousands of dollars in scholarships, and volunteers to handle airport transportation, registration, and behind the scenes activities is simply amazing. I miss being able to attend ISEF as it was rewarding both as a parent and a representative of our region. I wish more people knew just how cool this event is. Thanks to this dedicated organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have not come to know SSP through my own work, but through my eldest son participating in science fair. Beginning in fifth grade, my son has been involved in science fair at the regional and then state levels; finally, in tenth and eleventh grades he was invited to ISEF. This process has not only supported his interest in science and intensified his curiosity for doing research, but has also stimulated remarkable personal growth. Watching him mentor, encourage and congratulate his colleagues has been as tremendously rewarding for me as seeing his own advancement. Now, his experiences are motivating his younger sister to get involved as well. Last year, in an effort to be more involved with my son’s work, I accompanied him to the competition and served as a judge for the Medicine and Health Category. Having been an academic physician for the last 13 years, I have been entrenched in scientific research on multiple levels. The caliber of the investigations I evaluated was amazing, the encouragement given these students by the society astounding and the subsequent camaraderie generated by all the participants was inspiring. In a world full of international hatred, it is amazing to see young people given the ability to come together to share scientific ideas all in the name of innovation and conservation. The Society for Science & the Public provides the platform that allows this marvelous annual occurrence to happen. They should be congratulated for everything they do by every citizen of the world in every possible way.