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This year was special, as we celebrated the centennial of Society for Science. In our first 100 years, the Society launched a magazine, advised government agencies, created and grew three world-class STEM competitions and developed a suite of outreach programs focused on ensuring that every young person with an interest in STEM has an opportunity to pursue that passion. Learn more in our welcome letter, from Maya Ajmera, President and CEO of the Society for Science and Publisher of Science News, and Mary Sue Coleman, Chair of the Society’s Board of Trustees.
As Society for Science looks forward to a bright future, it draws inspiration from the past 100 years. Read on to view a sampling of our online timeline, featuring historic photographs, founding documents, trailblazing news coverage and more.
Explore the Last 100 Years
For the second time in its 80-year history, the Regeneron Science Talent Search was held virtually in order to keep finalists and their families safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. The winners were selected from 1,760 applications received from 611 high schools across 45 states; Washington, D.C.; Puerto Rico; and 10 countries.
Nearly 2,000 young scientists, engineers and innovators from 49 states and 64 countries participated in the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair’s first virtual competition. Finalists participated in virtual judging, watched streamed programming and had fun in a virtual world created just for them.
Science News Media Group
Take a look back at some of the highlights of Science News Media Group’s coverage in 2021, from the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccine rollout, to ethical standards in journalism, to the last century of scientific advancements.
Outreach & Equity
Supporting STEM Champions Across the Country
The Advocate Program provides training, stipends, equipment and year-round support to mentors working with underrepresented and low-income students interested in entering science research competitions. In 2020–2021 school year, students of the 66 Advocates took part in over 1,000 fairs and competitions.
Connecting Educators to the Latest Science Journalism
Science News in High Schools delivers world-class science journalism to classrooms across the United States. The program’s Educator Guides supply teachers with lesson plans that are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards and further engage students’ curiosity. Over 5 million students and 17,000 educators have participated in the program since its founding.
Investigating the Wide World Around Us
Through the STEM Research Grants program, the Society provided research kits to 100 middle and high school science educators to help their students conduct scientific research outside the classroom during the 2020–2021 school year. The teachers, who hail from 38 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, each chose from a selection of 13 high-quality kits valued at $1,000 each.
Reunited and Reaffirmed in Supporting Students Everywhere
In the first hybrid High School Research Teachers Conference, high school teachers from around the country gathered online while those living near the Society’s home of Washington, D.C., met in person. The conference welcomed 130 teachers and included peer-led sessions that focused on topics ranging from leading students in independent scientific research to engaging students from underserved communities.
Building Community in a Virtual World
In the midst of a year in which educators were faced with unprecedented challenges, the Society welcomed over 100 teachers from 27 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam to the 2021 Middle School Research Teachers Conference. Participating entirely on a virtual platform, the teachers connected for three interactive days, building community and sharing best practices.
Connecting Our Alumni
Conversations with Maya
Over the course of the year, the Society’s President & CEO, Maya Ajmera, engaged some accomplished Society alumni in wide-ranging conversations about their personal stories, their life’s work, and their advice for young people interested in pursuing careers in the sciences.
2021 Signature Event
In the Society’s second virtual Signature Event, keynote speaker Tom Gruber, co-founder and CTO of the team that created Siri and founder of Humanistic AI, discussed the potential of AI to augment human intelligence.
Though we couldn’t be together in person in 2021, alumni of the Society’s three competitions – Regeneron Science Talent Search, Regeneron ISEF and Broadcom MASTERS – still found ways to connect. The Society brought together alumni virtually from around the world for conversations on topics that ranged from data science to aerospace. Alumni also participated in multiple panel discussions during Regeneron ISEF and Regeneron STS, sharing wisdom with the newest members of the alumni community.
2021 Alumni Recap
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Financials – Expanding Our Impact
Society for Science operates within three broad areas of program work: (1) science journalism, (2) world-class science competitions for high school and middle school students and (3) outreach and equity programming. In 2021, 85 cents of every dollar spent by the Society supported program work. General and administrative costs accounted for 7 cents of every expense dollar, and fundraising costs equaled 8 cents of every expense dollar.