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Society for Science & The Public Advocate Grant Program

Society for Science & the Public Advocate Grant Program

Society for Science & the Public's Advocate Grant Program provides a stipend to an individual (teacher, counselor, mentor), who agrees to serve as an advocate for 3-5 underrepresented students to transition them from conducting a scientific or engineering research project to completing applications to scientific competition(s).

Advocates support the students in:

  • Finding potential research competitions
  • Being aware of deadlines
  • Gathering information needed for the application
  • Navigating the overall science competition process

Advocates receive a stipend of $3,000, opportunities to meet and interact with their cohort both in-person and throughout the program duration, and ongoing training and support from the Society.

Why should students participate in scientific competition?

  • Learn the true nature of science and experience the thrill of discovery
  • Gain additional skills such as learning how to write a scientific journal article and how to present their work to peers, scientists and the public
  • Inspire confidence in their scientific abilities
  • Lead them to consider a STEM career
  • Provide monetary awards for post-secondary education
  • Boost a student's chance of acceptance into the college or university of their choice

Eligibility & Selection Criteria

Eligibility & Selection Criteria

Independent science research is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn the true nature of science and experience the thrill of discovery. By entering their work into science research competitions, students gain additional skills such as learning how to write a scientific journal article and how to present their work to peers, scientists and the public. Just completing the rigorous application process can inspire confidence in their scientific abilities and lead them to consider a STEM career. Many of these competitions provide monetary awards for post-secondary education and can boost a student's chance of acceptance into the college or university of their choice. In many cases, students have the opportunity to meet others that share their enthusiasm for science, and those connections carry over into their college and scientific careers. Too few underrepresented students are presented with these opportunities and the know-how to successfully enter.

The Society Advocate Grant provides a stipend to an individual (teacher, counselor, mentor), who agrees to serve as an advocate for 3-5 underrepresented students (African American, Latino, Native Alaskan/American/Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, or low income) to transition them from conducting a scientific or engineering research project to completing applications to scientific competition(s). The individual agrees to support the students by prompting them and communicating to them about possible research competitions and relevant deadlines, and to support the gathering and writing of the required elements of an application. (It is not intended that this individual be conversant in the research subject, but rather navigates the process of application with the student.) The Society runs several science research competitions, including the Intel Science Talent Search, Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, and Broadcom MASTERS, but participants may also choose outside science research competitions. 

Eligibility of Advocate:

Individuals must be 21 years or older and be employed by a school, university, organization or corporation that has established a relationship with students in a manner appropriately sanctioned and approved by legal guardians. Open to individuals living or working in the U.S. and U.S. Territories.

Eligibility of Students:

Students must be from a population traditionally underserved in STEM education and careers (African American, Latino, Native Alaskan/American/Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, or low income), and enrolled in a pre-collegiate program, who will be in grades 6 - 12 as of August 1, 2018. They must have conducted a research project within the last six months or be actively engaged in a project with the intent and interest to apply for a competition in the coming school year. The competition(s) entered should be relevant to the research conducted.

Selection Criteria:

Preference will be given to applicants who: 

  • Submit cogent plans that will facilitate consistent and effective contact with the student through the project submission process
  • Have been vetted by an existing organization, school or government entity and are cleared to work with students
  • Have some familiarity or experience with science research competitions and have demonstrated success working with youth at their organizations 
  • Can devote the greatest attention to this program and the success of these students

Stipend:

The stipend will be provided to the coordinator in three installments of $1,000 each:

  • One during recruitment of participants and preparation for competition throughout the research experience (Spring and Summer – dates vary by program) 
  • One after the research experience is concluded and coordinators are guiding students through the application process and training them on how to write up their research (Summer and Fall) 
  • One after a minimum of three students have entered competitions (dates vary by program)

How to Apply

Process

1. Register

Click on the "Register" link, complete the requirement information, and submit the registration form.

2. Login

Login to the Advocate Grant Program with your email and password.

3. Create

Create your online Application. 

4. Save

During the Applications Period, your Application can be saved as DRAFT until all the required information is completed. As each section is complete, you will see a appear in the category tab when the Application is saved. Please ensure that all attachments are in Acrobat PDF format. At any time, you can download and print your Application by clicking on the icon in the Application Summary section.

5. Submit

On completion, save your Application as FINAL. Download and print a copy of your Application for your records by clicking on the icon in the Application Summary section in the right column. Note: If an update is required prior to the end of the Applications Period, you can make the update and resave as FINAL.

If you require assistance or additional information, please contact advocates@societyforscience.org.

Jan 1, 2018 Application Period
Mar 5, 2018 Application Close
Early Apr 2018 Advocate Selection Announcement