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Advocate Grant Program

Providing training, stipends, and year-round support to mentors supporting underrepresented and low income students in entering science research competitions.

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.

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Advocate Grant Program Application Notification

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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.

Society Advocates (center) show students an elephant toothpaste experiment at the 2017 Advocate Training Institute.
Society Advocates (center) show students an elephant toothpaste experiment at the 2017 Advocate Training Institute.
Photo courtesy of Society for Science & the Public/Jessica Yurinko.

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. Funding for the Advocate Grant Program is provided by Arconic Foundation, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and Regeneron.

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
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One of Charmain Brammer's (2017 Advocate) peers into a microscope.
One of Charmain Brammer's (2019 Advocate) peers into a microscope.

2019-2020 Lead Advocates, who will mentor groups of Advocates:

  • Charmain Brammer, SUCCESS Academy DSU (St. George, UT)
  • Jennifer Claudio, Oak Grove High School (San Jose, CA)
  • Andrea Cobb, George Mason University (Manassas, VA)
  • Cynthia Hopkins, Kaffie Middle School (Corpus Christi, TX)
  • Vincent Joralemon, Frank McCourt High School (New York, NY)
  • Deborah Morgan, South Sevier High (Monroe, UT)
  • Lorraine O'Shea, Grand Forks Public Schools (Grand Forks, ND)
  • Heather Overkamp, Portsmouth Public Schools (Portsmouth, VA)

The Advocates for the 2019-2020 school year:

  • Melba Acantilado, Bernalillo High School (Rio Rancho, NM)
  • Eulette Arrington-Harris , Bradwell School of Excellence (Chicago, IL)
  • McKenzie Baecker, Two Rivers Public Charter School (Washington, D.C.)
  • Janice Barton, Wareham Middle School (Wareham, MA)
  • ScottiAnn Benton, Jasper County Middle School (Monticello, GA)
  • Cheyenne Branscum, Shawnee Middle School (Shawnee, OK)
  • Celia Castellanos, Foshay Learning Center (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Linda Chisholm, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi (Corpus Christi, TX)
  • Philip Clarke, Centennial High School (Gresham, OR)
  • Alan Daugherty, Melrose Municipal Schools (Melrose, NM)
  • Jennifer Donnelly, Union City High School (Scotch Plains, NJ)
  • Robin Driver, Eisenhower High School (Yakima, WA)
  • Samuel Ebong, Southside ISD (San Antonio, TX)
  • Creighton Edington, Media Arts Collaborative Charter School (Albuquerque, NM)
  • Conrad Faine, American Senior High School (Hialeah, FL)
  • Frederick Feraco, Walt Whitman High School (Huntington Station, NY)
  • Gennifer Goode , Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)
  • Albert Harrold, Strength and Honor Mentoring and Tutoring (Ferguson, MO)
  • Loree Harvey, Monte Vista High School (Monte Vista, CO)
  • Laura Hassan, CCA Baldi Middle School (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Meghan Hess Shamdasani, SouthTech Academy (Boynton Beach, FL)
  • Madison Hope, Del Valle High School (Del Valle, TX)
  • Katye Howell, Travis High School/High School Research Initiative (Austin, TX)
  • Patricia Huntington, Farb Middle School (San Diego, CA)
  • Reshawndra Hutchins-Trapp, Elite Scholars Academy (Jonesboro, GA)
  • Merridith Joly, Washington Technology Magnet School (St. Paul, MN)
  • Jeremy Jonas, Tucson High Magnet School (Tucson, AZ)
  • Kehkashan Khan, CCA Academy (Chicago, IL)
  • Patrycja Krakowiak, Arkansas School for Math, Sciences, and the Arts (Hot Springs, AR)
  • Richard Lapworth, Felix Varela High School (Miami, FL)
  • Shana Lee, Mississippi State University (Mississippi State, MS)
  • Mindy Levine, University of Rhode Island (Kingston, RI)
  • David Lockett, Bok Academy (Lake Wales, FL)
  • Samuel Loftus, New Orleans Charter Science & Math High School (New Orleans, LA)
  • Brian Matherne, Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, LA)
  • Reny Mathew, Greyhills Academy High School (Tuba City, AZ)
  • Daniel Matthews, Kauai High School (Lihue, HI)
  • Pumtiwitt McCarthy, Morgan State University (Baltimore, MD)
  • Keri Meador, Central High School (Louisville, KY)
  • Jennifer Nilvo, School of Dreams Academy (Los Lunas, NM)
  • Rajendram Rajnarayanan, New York Institute of Technology (Jonesboro, AR)
  • Christopher Reeves, Camdenton High School (Camdenton, MO)
  • Jeanne Richardson, Graham Junior High School  (Graham, TX)
  • Kimberly Ring, Eureka Jr/Sr High School (Eureka, KS)
  • Devon Riter, Lower Brule Research Institute (Lower Brule, SD)
  • Brenda Rubenstein, Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • Rachel Sanders, Global Impact STEM Academy (Springfield, OH)
  • Brandy Todd, University of Oregon (Eugene, OR)
  • Kyra Walker, TC Williams High School (Alexandria, VA)
  • Carolyn Walling, Iowa City West High School (Iowa City, IA)
  • Melissa Warrender, Albany Medical College (Albany, NY)
  • Robin Wilson, Emmett High School (Emmett, ID)
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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.
Scott Bolen