Society for Science & the Public’s Advocate Grant Program provides a $3,000 stipend to an individual (teacher, counselor or mentor), who agrees to serve as an advocate for 3-5 underrepresented students (African-American, Latino, Native American or low income) to transition them from conducting a scientific or engineering research project to completing applications to scientific competition(s). Advocates receive a stipend of $3,000 as well as opportunities to meet and interact with their cohort both in-person and throughout the program duration, and ongoing training and support from the Society.

Advocates support the students in:

  • finding potential research competitions
  • being aware of deadlines
  • gathering information needed for the application
  • supporting the writing process of the application
  • Review student project materials & applications and suggest areas for improvement.
  • navigating the overall science competition process

It is not intended that this individual be conversant in the research subject, but rather navigates the process of application with the student.

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
  • make new connections in the STEM field

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.

Click here to learn more or here to apply for the 2017 grant.

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