2021 Annual Report: Advocate Program
The Society named 66 educators to serve in the Advocate Program in the 2021–2022 school year. Throughout their one-year terms, Advocates encourage at least three to five students whose race or ethnicity is historically underrepresented in STEM to undertake science and engineering research, and help them enter their projects in competitions. To date, Advocates have supported more than 4,000 students through the life of the program; of these, 3,076 students have successfully competed in at least one science research competition.
Meet the 2021–2022 Advocates
This year, the Advocates were from 31 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico and included 23 middle school teachers, three teachers who work with both middle and high school students, 29 high school teachers, six educators affiliated with universities and five out-of-school educators.Meet the Advocates
What the Advocates Are Saying – Cameron Cooley
What the Advocates Are Saying – Andrea LaRosa
What the Advocates Are Saying – Justin Brown
What the Advocates Are Saying – Humberto Bracho
Advocate Stories from the Society Blog
Why I Give
Supporting Scientific Exploration
“I’ve known of Society for Science since I was 12 years old, getting Things of Science in blue boxes and doing all the experiments. The Society still does crucially valuable work. I give to Society for Science in support of science literacy and science education outreach in underserved communities.”
Catalyst Circle Donor
Virginia lives in a Bedford, Mass., retirement community where she edits a weekly newsletter and presents monthly nature education programs.
Other Outreach & Equity Programs
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 Grant 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.