Notable Alumni

Innovators. Explorers. Scientists.

From Nobel laureates to entrepreneurs and inventors, the Society for Science has an extraordinary community of alumni who embody the principles of science and engineering research, leadership, innovation and global impact in their careers long after competing in our storied science research competitions.

These alumni underscore the critical importance of the Society’s programs — which encourage and celebrate young scientific talent and its potential — and tell the story of our history.

In celebration of the Society’s centennial, these impressive changemakers were selected based on their professional accomplishments and lasting contributions to advancing science and improving the world in which we live. We look forward to adding alumni in the years that follow.

We hope you explore this list, draw inspiration from their journeys and share your story as a past competitor.

If you would like to nominate yourself or another alumna/us to be considered for the website, please email alumni@societyforscience.org with the subject line “Notable Alumni Nomination”.

Please visit our Regeneron ISEFRegeneron Science Talent SearchBroadcom MASTERS and suite of Outreach and Equity programs pages to discover the next generation of innovators.

Meet the Changemakers

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Notable Alumni David Spergel

David Spergel

Science Talent Search
1970's
Breakthrough Prize MacArthur Fellowship
Lisa Su - Notable alumni headshot

Lisa Su

Science Talent Search
1980's
Notable Alumni headshot - Teschan

Paul Teschan

Science Talent Search
1940's
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Bill Thies

Science Talent Search
1990's
MacArthur Fellowship
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Kip Thorne

Science Talent Search
1950's
Breakthrough Prize Nobel Prize
Notable Alumni Ed Thorp headshot

Ed Thorp

Science Talent Search
1940's
Notable alumni headshot Alar Toomre

Alar Toomre

Science Talent Search
1950's
MacArthur Fellowship
Notable Alumni Headshot Natalia Toro

Natalia Toro

International Science and Engineering Fair Science Talent Search
1990's
Roger Tsien - Notable alumni headshot

Roger Tsien

Science Talent Search
1960's
Nobel Prize
Ron Vale Notable alumni headshot

Ron Vale

Science Talent Search
1970's
Lasker Award
Notable Alumni Headshot Afton Vechery

Afton Vechery

International Science and Engineering Fair Science Talent Search
2000's
Notable Alumni Headshot Frank Wilczek

Frank Wilczek

Science Talent Search
1960's
MacArthur Fellowship Nobel Prize

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