April 1, 2022
The Society for Science’s Advocate Program provides yearlong professional development supporting teachers and mentors working to increase the number of students participating in STEM research competitions from traditionally underrepresented races/ethnicities and low-income households.
The program includes a stipend to an individual (teacher, counselor, or other individual), who agrees to serve as a mentor for three to five students in grades 6–12 from traditionally underrepresented groups (Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, American Indian/Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, and/or low income) to transition them from conducting scientific or engineering research projects to entering their projects into STEM research competitions.
The Society runs several research competitions, including the Regeneron Science Talent Search, Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair, and Broadcom MASTERS. Participants may also choose outside science research competitions.
Plus: The Society for Science offers STEM Research Grants to provide support to middle school and high school teachers engaging their students in authentic scientific research. Priority consideration is given to schools that support students from low-income communities and demographics underrepresented in STEM fields. In 2021 the Society offered 75 teachers $1,000 worth of take-home STEM equipment to support students in completing independent science research projects, as well as the opportunity to apply for up to $5,000 to purchase specialized equipment.
Any teacher employed full time in a high school or middle school in the United States or a US territory is eligible for a grant. Preference will be given to applicants who come from schools serving underrepresented populations in STEM. Sign up to be notified for 2022 applications.