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IN THIS ISSUE: The 2012 SSP Fellowship, Send SSP your Alumni Updates, Science News, and more...

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Space Eats: Astronaut journey to Mars requires new age nibbles
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Thanks to the SSP supporters who gave during Give to the Max Day on November 9. SSP welcomed almost 100 new members. Missed it? It's not too late to join now.
SSP is proud to participate in this year's Combined Federal Campaign, a collective effort of federal employees to give back to the community through financial pledges to charities of their choice. Use code #92454 when donating to SSP.


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SSP Fellows
2011 SSP Fellows conduct an experiment at the Fellows Institute in Washington, DC

SSP Welcomes Applications for Fourth Year of Fellowship

Do you know a stellar high school science teacher who serves under-resourced students? You may wish to encourage him or her to apply for the SSP Fellowship.

With generous support from Intel, SSP provides teachers financial and training resources to support and inspire the success of their most enthusiastic science students. SSP Fellows guide students to produce project-based research of the highest quality. The application deadline is January 15, 2012.

See the application guidelines | Read the FAQs | Apply Now!

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Finalists at Intel ISEF 2011

Intel ISEF 2012 to Impact Thousands of Pittsburgh Students

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) 2012 goes to Pittsburgh in May. The week-long event inspires top science students from across the world, giving them the opportunity to learn from each other as well as from world-renowned scientists. Intel ISEF finalists compete for more than $3 million annually in awards and scholarships, provided by Intel and dozens of other Special Award Organizations.

In each community that hosts the Intel ISEF, Intel, SSP and local partners enable thousands of students and teachers to experience the excitement of Intel ISEF 2012 through “Public Day”.  Participants meet competing finalists, engage in fun hands-on activities, and learn about career opportunities in STEM fields through participating exhibitors. SSP recruits hundreds of local volunteers from the community and around the country. Grants for Intel ISEF 2012 Public Day have been received by the Alcoa Foundation, Buhl Foundation, Grable Foundation, and PPG Industries Foundation.

We encourage you to learn more about Intel ISEF 2012, including volunteer opportunities, and please contact SSP for more information about sponsoring local outreach or special awards.

SSP Alumni: What Have You Been Up To?

Since SSP began reconnecting with SSP alumni, we have learned of found love, cross-country adventure, new mathematical findings, and ocean exploration. SSP alumni are dancing, creating music, busting myths, starting schools, and giving back.  And those are just some of the many inspiring and interesting alumni stories on the SSP Blog

Now we want to hear your story.

Please take a moment to fill out the SSP Alumnus Profile and share with us what you have been up to.

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Invasive earthworms introduced to northern North America hundreds of years ago by European colonists have have changed the region's foests.
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Science News for Kids explains...

Tiny earthworms’ big impact

By Cecile LeBlanc

Earthworms have many fans. In 1881, Charles Darwin — the father of evolutionary theory — wrote a whole book on earthworms. In it, he concluded that “It may be doubted whether there are many other animals which have played so important a part in the history of the world, as have these lowly organized creatures.” Read More

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