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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 below and then choose the Advocate type that best fits your experience level and goals combined. This does not limit you to only working in these areas, but informs the Society of your ambitions for your students, especially in cases of applicants who have some experience with science research competitions.
Introductory Advocates are already in contact with students who complete science research projects, but have little to no experience in helping them to enter science research competitions. Recruiting students to take this extra step and working with them to cross the finish line of competition participation may not be an easy task. These Advocates are ready to learn the in’s and out’s of science research competitions, help students gather the pieces and parts necessary for the competitions, make sure they adhere to deadlines, and find a way to provide anything the students may need to make participation possible. These Advocates will support at least 3 additional underserved students in entering science research competitions.
Next-level Advocates have some experience guiding students in entering science research competitions, but want to do more. They are likely familiar with one type of science research competition, but are ready to add more competitions to their repertoire. They want their students to benefit from multiple opportunities and higher levels of competition, helping them to forge new pathways for students at their school. They will be supporting at least 3 additional underserved students in entering a higher level competition than they have previously attempted.
Culture-shift Advocates are on a mission to transform their community into a bustling STEM-focused center. They are experienced in leading students in science research competitions, though not necessarily experts or veterans. They may want to mentor other STEM teachers at their school or within their district, add new grade levels to their efforts, gain administrative and district support, shine a light on the importance of student research through their local media, and/or secure funding for research programs for years to come. They are ready to become known as a student research leader in their area and want counselors and parents to point students towards their programs without hesitation. These Advocates will have many of these unique, far-reaching goals for the year in addition to supporting at least 3 additional underserved students in entering science research competitions.
Expansion Advocates are going to need a wider pipeline for their flow of students this year. They have an established research program or long-time experience supporting students in entering science research competitions, but they aren’t satisfied with the level of diversity and number of students who make it through to the end. They are ready to learn what it really takes to recruit and retain a larger volume of students who reflect the diversity of their community. These Advocates will support at least 5 additional or 30% more underserved students in entering science research competitions, whichever is larger. This means a research program with 9 students will add 5 underserved students, one with 25 students last year will add 8 underserved students, and one with 50 students previously will add 15 underserved students this year.