Spend an hour with Maya Ajmera, and you begin to see opportunity everywhere. As she tells her life story, it becomes clear she has been seizing opportunities since she was a kid. Through the global organization she founded when she was only 25, she’s been creating opportunity for millions of young people around the globe for decades.
Society for Science & the Public (SSP) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership organization dedicated to public engagement in scientific research and education. In order to fulfill our mission of informing, educating, and inspiring the public about science and the vital role it plays in human advancement, we need the help and support of science enthusiasts.
Paige Brown Jarreau, a PhD student focusing on science communication and policy at Louisiana State University, interviewed Bethany Brookshire (SciCurious, Eureka! Lab) and Sarah Zielinski (Wild Things) about blogging for Science News and how it differs from being an independent science blogger on her blog, From the Lab Bench.
Bill Leighty won a fourth award at the International Science and Engineering Fair in 1961 and is a long-time Science News subscriber. He went on to a career including electrical engineering, restaurant ownership, and much more. He helped found the Southeast Alaska Regional Science Fair and currently owns Alaska Applied Sciences, Inc. which consults on science, renewable energy and conservation.
The 30 finalists of the 2014 Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering for Rising Stars) will be presenting their research projects to the public from 1 - 4 PM on Saturday, October 25 at at Q?rius, part of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, in Washington, DC.
Last October, the Society officially launched SSP 2.0, a new vision for the organization that included a web presence designed to better integrate our competitions and educational programming with our Science News family of media properties, the introduction of subscribing memberships, and additional features and resources.
Being an alumnus of Society for Science & the Public means that you were one of the top tier of young middle or high school student researchers in the world and recognizes your months, sometimes years, of hard work and dedication to conducting independent hands-on research.
Alexandra Witze, Contributing Correspondent, won a 2014 AIP Science Communications Award from the American Institute of Physics (AIP) for her article on magnetic dynamos. She will receive the prize in the Science Writing – Articles category for her essay "Spinning the Core," published in Science News.
From the AIP press release:
The 2014 Davidson Fellows traveled to Washington, DC for a recognition ceremony held on Friday, September 26. Out of the 20 students honored, 10 are alumni of one or more of SSP’s educational competitions.
Davidson Fellow scholarships are awarded to individuals 18 and under in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Literature, Music, Philosophy and Outside the Box categories.
Read more on our Doing Science blog!
River Grace was the top winner of the 2013 Broadcom MASTERS. We catch up with him one year later on our Doing Science blog to talk about what he is up to now and his advice for other young students interested in science.
"Broadcom MASTERS has had a very positive effect on my life. Simply being part of the process changed how I think and deepened my intellectual curiosity and desire to engage in science."