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The Advocate Program was created because the Society found that underserved students are often missing from the finalist groups of the Society’s competitions. In order to change this, the Society created the Advocate Grant Program to provide mentors to encourage underserved students to enter their projects in science research competitions. The Advocates, who become a supportive cohort to each other, receive training and support from Society staff, a $3,000 stipend and a paid trip to Washington, D.C., to meet in person at a weekend-long convening.
Since Advocates support students in diverse settings and have varying levels of experiences, all applicants are asked to choose one Advocate type for which they would like to apply. There are no quotas for Advocate types - all applications of any type are considered equally.
Please read the descriptions and on the application select the Advocate type that best fits your experience level and goals combined.
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. Funding for the Advocate Grant Program is provided by Arconic Foundation, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, and Regeneron.
It is important for socioeconomically challenged students to participate in science fairs because they give students opportunities beyond what can be offered in the classroom.
Learn more about the Advocates who are making a difference in students’ lives.