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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

43 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

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Overall it was a highly organized program right from the beginning. I really appreciate the emails that gave us sufficient detail to understand and follow through given directions about what to expect or do next. Specific responses to our queries and especially drawing the fine line between accommodating and being politely firm on policies. I am grateful for the opportunity to present in one of the breakout sessions to share my project-based learning that has extended into our local community needs. When it is a totally covered program, we experienced complete hospitality, right from the pick up from the airport on the first day till we were dropped back at the airport on the last day. Throughout the three days, there was a consistent streak of celebrating the teachers, thoughtfully sharing their stories about their own inspiring teachers. I felt pampered by both Society for Science and the Public together with their generous sponsor the 'Regeneron'. I am also a beneficiary receiving 10 copies of the Science News magazine for my classroom along with a guideline for teachers to use them with students in review and data analysis. I am greatly empowered with research ideas and a bounty of resources that we can turn to and make a difference in our students' lives and their future. THANK YOU.

Client Served

Rating: 5

What could raise the level of a teachers' motivation and excitement for teaching, than treating them to a great experience of sharing what they love, feeding them well, and leaving them with a feeling that the weekend was worth it! Starting with visits to offices all over Capitol Hill on Friday, SSP then rolled out the red carpet with presentation by both teachers and experts ( one-and-the-same?) all day Saturday and Sunday morning. SSP built a feeling of community...common cause...in a very short period of time. The 200 teachers who attended ( including one from Palmer, Alaska!) left with more than they came.

Nicole O.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Society truly cares about education and is willing to put their money behind it to give great conferences for educators free of charge.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Society for Science and the Public (SSP) has spent many years championing science literacy, and encouraging youth to pursue STEM possibilities and jobs. SSP has been there encouraging students, teachers, scientists and educators regardless of social or income status. The programs that SSP supports and continues to offer have helped students like myself and my future students to aspire to new heights in STEM research, and have made resources possible for low-income rural students like myself and the current generation to be able to explore, learn and expand in our STEM interests. By offering up grants and resources, SSP has made it possible for students of all ages, backgrounds, in the US and around the world to experience science education as it should be experienced. SSP is vital for the future of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics jobs to become an interest for the current and future generations, and to allow students and scientists to continue to encourage the future of STEM Research and exploration.

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

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

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.

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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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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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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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been privileged to be a member of Team Canada-ISEF for the past two years. Participating in ISEF has been one of the most transformative and influential experiences of my life. I can think of no other event or organisation that has had such a profound impact on that number of people and inspired them to enter a career in the STEM fields. Additionally, there is no other event which has the capability to connect such a diverse group of like minded individuals at the high school level.

Jana C.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Science News provides current scientific information to share with my students. Young, pre-teen students are so eager to learn more about their world, and Science News offers everything I need to springboard into a unit of study. Science News makes science relevant and real, not just a sci-fi/imaginatin world. It helps me to convince my students that Science is LIFE.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This year I participated in Intel STS as well as another fair, and Society for Science and the Public made both experiences fantastic. The impeccable organization allowed me to focus on meeting professional scientists and other interested students, broadening my understanding and appreciation of a variety of topics. In addition, SSP's publications are filled with fascinating articles that pique my interest and keep me abreast of contemporary research. I only wish I had discovered their programs sooner!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This past year, I had the opportunity to participate in two of Society for Science & the Public's high school research competitions (Intel STS and Intel ISEF). My experience with SSP has been nothing short of amazing. The organization not only offers the two most incredible science research competitions available to high school students, but also provides two science magazines (Science News and Science News for Students) with up-to-date and fascinating articles. SSP has a tremendously positive impact on middle and high school students and their interests in science, technology, engineering, and math because they want to make science relevant, stimulating, and fun-- and they are very successful at their goal. Society for Science & the Public is achieving what few (if any) other organizations can achieve-- they are connecting with students, engaging them with science, and giving them the opportunity to share their discoveries with the world. I can't think of a more rewarding, wonderful organization, and I'm so grateful to have had the chance to work with them over the past year.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Society for Science and the Public has proven to be unparalleled in its efforts to encourage young people to engage with scientific research. As a participant in the SSP-affiliated research competitions, I found that SSP gave access to a host of free resources, including its Science News and Science News for Students publications that I regularly use. Whenever I contacted them with questions or concerns, whether it was before, during, or after the competition, the SSP staff was happy to help. I hope to have more interaction with SSP in the near future!