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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

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

The Advocates for the 2016-2017 school year include:

  • Lauren Allgood, in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Oluwatoyin Asojo, in Houston, Texas
  • Scott Bolen, in Conyers, Georgia
  • Dolores Caffey-Fleming, in Los Angeles, California
  • Carrie Cao, in San Francisco, California
  • Mitchell Charkiewicz, in Suffield, Connecticut
  • Sarah Connelly, in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Deanna Cusick, in Aurora, Colorado
  • Alexa Dantzler, in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Sakinah Ellickson, in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Antonio Gamboa, in Pomona, California
  • Shari Harrison, in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Bonnie Lasorsa, in Wareham, Massachusetts
  • Priscilla Lumbreras, in La Joya, Texas
  • Sheila Marquez, in Tucson, Arizona
  • Douglas Masterson, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • Patricia Monteith, in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Lynne Muhammad, in Chicago, Illinois
  • Kelly Norton Pipes, in Wilkesboro, North Carolina
  • Jennifer O’Connor, in Ethete, Wyoming
  • Deanna Pick, in Fort Pierce, Florida
  • Andrew Pineda, in Whiteriver, Arizona
  • Elizabeth Proctor, in Monticello, Georgia
  • Anne Rammelsberg, in Decatur, Illinois
  • Lisa Ranney, in Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Cheri Reznicek, in Maryville, Tennessee
  • Karl Sandeman, in Brooklyn, New York
  • Thomas Schmedake, in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Syndney Stringham, in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Laura Tenorio, in Taos, New Mexico
  • Freda Vine, in Las Vegas, Nevada

Read more about the Advocates on our blog or view the press release for the 2016-2017 school year.

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

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