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Nonprofit Overview

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

Mission:

Society for Science & the Public (SSP) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership organization dedicated to public engagement in scientific research and education. Our vision is to promote the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement: to inform, educate and inspire.

 

Results: Since 1921 the Society has through its award-winning publications and world-class science education competitions conveyed the excitement of science and research directly to the public. The Society has more than four million social media followers, 90,000 Science News subscribers across print and digital platforms, an estimated 10,000 Intel ISEF participants annually, and 50,000 science competition alumni of record. In 2015 the Society's websites realized over 13 million online visitors, and its education programs made hundreds of millions of worldwide media impressions. Educating and informing students, parents, teachers and the greater community about the evolving and influential world of science, we inspire the endless possibilities they have to offer.

Target demographics: SSP is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership organization dedicated to public engagement in scientific research and education. Our vision is to promote the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement: to inform, educate and inspire.

Geographic areas served: U.S. and international

Programs:

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


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


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


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


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

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Christine191

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

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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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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.

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.

conniewyrick

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I cannot begin to share all the outcomes that the Society for Science and the Public has directly contribute to in our small rural school! Four years ago, I applied for the SSP Fellows Program and to my amazement, I was fortunate to be selected. I am a 36-year teaching veteran, and I can honestly say that this is the best program for advancing student research in rural and inner city schools in the country! The SSP gave me the training and the financial resources to develop a strong research program in my school. This was no easy undertaking, but the rewards have been many. The total student population is less than 250 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. We are not only one of the smallest districts in the state, we are one of the poorest districts in the state. After a four year investment in the program, you may ask what is there to show that the money was well spent? The students have been quite successful over the past four years. They have won top awards at the local, state, regional, national and international levels. Last year one student, Brittany King, was selected as one of the top four Agriscience Research students in the nation. Another student, Dylan Lyle, received a first place at the International Sustainable Environment, Energy and Engineering Olympiad(ISWEEEP) in Houston, Texas. This year we had the top two projects in the state of Missouri at the Missouri Junior Academy of Science, Tara Humphreys and Ashley Wyrick! In addition, two students have advanced to ISWEEEP in Houston (Ross Sparrow and Ashley Wyrick), and just yesterday another student, Sara Abbett, was notified that she was the state finalist for Missouri for the Stockholm Junior Water Prize and will be competing in Portland, Oregon in June. Next week, our students compete in the Missouri Agriscience Fair with their research, and we will then know who will be advancing to the National FFA Agriscience Fair. Last year four students from our program advanced. More important than doing well in the competitions is the confidence that the students have gained in the program. All of the students that have participated in the program have gone on to college and their success continues at that level. Several are in undergraduate research programs. One is already working part time in a federal research facility. All this would not have been possible without the support of the Society for Science and the Public. The fellowship grant ends this year, but the program will continue for many years to come. We are forever grateful!!!
Constance Wyrick
Tuscumbia High School
Tuscumbia, MO

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I work with rural students in one of the poorest counties in Missouri. Our school population (K-12)is around 290 students. The SSP provided training for me to start an independent science research program for my students. In addition, as part of the SSP Fellows Program, my students had the funds to conduct authentic research. This past year one of my students competed at the National FFA Agriscience Fair and won top honors in the zoology category. We had never had that kind of success before. The same student is now employed at a national environmental science research laboratory while attending college this year. The support of the SSP has been invaluable and I am so grateful for the organization's involvement in underserved students!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Society for Science and the Public is a wonderfully supportive organization that understands (better than most organizations) how the key to our future is in supporting our energetic, dedicated, intelligent students. They have done this by their constant support and promotion of the Intel Science Talent Search and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Those two opportunities are the "dream" of the students in our course (and our science fair) year after year.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I became involved with science fairs when I helped some students with their science projects more than 10 years ago. This led to my judging local fairs and eventually judging the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) for the Society for Science and the Public (SSP). They regard good judging as essential. SSP gives it the resources and attention needed.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I taught at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology since it first opened in 1987. Over the years, I taught Creative Writing and AP Language to gifted science, math and technology students. Some of my best writers were students who were winners or finalists in the Westinghouse/Intel Science Talent Search. I began to realize how closely related the arts were to the sciences. Parade of students over the last twenty-five years brought their final papers to me to proof before they submitted them to the competition. I didn’t always understand the science in their work, but I could help them make their writing clear and accessible. It was not until I retired and put on another hat that a realized how much Intel influenced our school. I have been working for two years at writing a book that tells the school’s twenty-five year history. My research from the beginning told me how much the Westinghouse/Intel competitions directed and transformed learning and achievement for our most gifted young scientists. We have hundred of semifinalists and finalists in our school’s history. I recall times in my writing classes watching students in deep conversations about their Intel research and their writings. They were some of the leading math wizards in the school. These kids were just as talented in math and science as in the humanities, but I realized then that they were living proof that we haven’t evolved to be mathematicians and/or statisticians. This is the way we must think if we are to make progress in understanding how the world works and, for that matter, how we ourselves work. Students who think these topics are unnatural subjects are right. It isn’t how humans think naturally. But it is how humans think rationally. And it is how scientists think. This is the way we must think if we are to make progress in understanding how the world works and, for that matter, how we ourselves work. These students were gifted and Intel was providing opportunities for all of us to nurture them and use their brilliance to push their boundaries so they could be part of the change that I knew through their creative and personal writing they wanted for our world. I applaud SSP and Intel for helping to make us successful.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

So far the program has provided funds, expertise, assistance to allow my students to conduct research in the classroom, and after school.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Society for Science, being the parent organization of the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair brings together the best and brightest young minds from around the world every year. They provide opportunities for students to connect with professionals in the field, visits to scientific laboratories such as CERN, and thousands of dollars in scholarship opportunities. I have had the pleasure of working with SSP as a teacher of a finalist for the International Fair, as an affiliated fair director and I was recently chosen as a 2010 SSP Fellow. I have found all of my experiences with them to be very positive. The fellowship is providing my underserved students an opportunity to pursue science research projects. Not only does SSP provide the funding, but they also provide the educational framework necessary to develop a successful research program and support throughout the process. I highly recommend SSP and would rate them #1 among scientific non-profit organizations.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Without the help and support of SSP and Intel I would not be able to offer my students a very unique opportunity of applied science and research at the high school level. Their support has helped public high school students see their potential. It has also helped me grow as a professional.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I recently attended a workshop for science teachers hosted by SSP in Washington DC. While there I had a chance to meet many of the staff members involved in promoting ISEF, The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. I was impressed with eveyones desire to be part of a quality organization that scincerely wants to promote science to all people. I felt that I was connected to people who truely can affect the change of America to a more scientifically literate society. The staff at SSP diligently works at making science understandable to everyone. Their interest in getting more students interested in science by supporting entries into the ISEF competitions and by supporting high school research in under represented schools is an unmatched endeavor that is sorely needed in our Nation. For this I applaud them and I try to spread the news to other teachers about the opportunities they provide.