Society For Science And The Public Interest

Fully 79% of citizens say that science has made life easier for most people, while just 15% say it has made life more difficult. 52% of AAAS scientistssay this is generally a good time for science, down 24 percentage points from 76% in 2009. Similarly, the share of scientists who say this is generally a good time for their scientific specialty is down from 73% in 2009 to 62% today.

Our outreach and equity programs aim to have a substantial impact on underserved students interested in STEM fields but who may not yet have the resources and mentors to get started on original research. Society for Science & the Public has a staff of 86, with a growing communications function. Under new leadership from Maya Ajmera, the President and CEO, the organization is in a growth mode, adding staff at a rapid pace to support the growing programs.

They connect and collaborate on the alumni network and social media, at small casual get-togethers, judging projects at ISEF, or attending the annual Alumni & Friends Signature Event. The Society’s CEO, Maya Ajmera, is an alumna of our competitions, a children’s book author, and an expert on supporting young people around the world as they become productive adults. Our staff attracts donors and sponsors to support the competitions, the outreach work, and the journalism. We recruit and involve thousands of students, teachers, and volunteers as we run our competitions.

Educators support underrepresented middle and high school students as they choose a project and enter their research in STEM competitions. Society for Science & the Public is dedicated to the achievement of young scientists in independent research and to public engagement in science. Established in 1921, the Society is a nonprofit whose vision is to promote the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement.

I have been bringing students to the ISEF for decades and enjoy watching the continued success of the participants after they return home motivated to pursue higher education and careers with confidence. SSP advocates science education and literacy through supporting students, teachers, and the public. They make the latest research obtainable to every person through their Science News magazine and organize major scientific fairs for high school and middle school students. It is these competitions that help fuel the excitement in STEM fields for kids and encourage them to dream big so that they can be the scientists of our future. The society for science has done far more for science teachers and science programs around the country than any other non-profit I know.

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 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 more than 75 countries, regions and territories to showcase their talent on an international stage. 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.

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 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. 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. Society for the Science and the Public has dedicated years of time, resources, and money to schools and students across the country with the focus to promote intense, appropriate, and necessary science exploration at the middle school and high school levels.

Society for Science & the Public has enabled a great number of students to participate in scientific research competitions. We are very grateful for their continuing support and all the work they contribute nationally. It is clear that there is considerable opportunity for students who pursue STEM, but will there be enough interested students to pursue these options? The Society for Science & the Public sparks new interest in STEM careers and the range of STEM career paths available and how those jobs in science match up to interests students already have. Society for Science and the Public works to promote reseach and and accuracy in the sciences. They encourage the development of our future scientist through their unfailing support of students from around the world.

Through its Intel ISEF programs, my students have been motivated to explore the world of science, and dared to be scientists at their young ages (I teach high school’s science at P.R.). On the other hand, SSP offered me the opportunity to participate in the Research Teachers Conference program, a professional development program in which I learned from the experiences of fellow teachers from various US states. This made me understand that the educational problems that happened with my students are the same throughout the Nation. In addition, I learned new techniques to educate my students about investigative processes.

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