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Give to Science Day is November 9!

As a friend of science and of the Society, we hope you have enjoyed learning about our work this year. To help us deliver even more in the coming year will you consider a donation through our Give to Science campaign?

SSP holds this fundraising effort annually to secure support for our mission to promote the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement. Last year we raised more than $10,000 from 236 donors. This year we are setting our sights even higher, with a goal of 1,109 donors giving at least $11.09, so we can exceed last year's total.

Will you donate and support this effort? Your gift helps SSP:

  • Inform, educate, and inspire the public about science
  • Offer Science News for Students, our award-winning online publication free of charge to millions of students, educators, and parents every year
  • Promote our renowned competitions that provide more than $4 million in awards to students, educators, and schools annually

We also encourage you to check out all the cool science-related events that happened on this day in history on our Facebook page.

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Martin Karplus at his project during the 1947 Science Talent Search. Credit: SSP


Martin Karplus, STS 1947 Alumnus, Wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Martin Karplus, Science Talent Search 1947 alumnus, was one of three scientists who won the Nobel Prize in chemistry for their research using computers to model the activity of chemicals as they react rapidly and in complex ways. Karplus was named “Top Boy” in 1947 and won a full STS scholarship, worth $2,400. The nature of his research back then: ornithology — the study of birds. Read More



Know About SPARK Yet? Submit Your Science Kit Prototype or Idea Now to Win Up to $50,000

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, in collaboration with SSP, have launched a new competition focused on creating the equivalent of the chemistry set for the 21st Century. The Science, Play and Research Kit (SPARK) Competition challenges participants to generate a new set of experiences and activities that encourage imagination and interest in science, bringing the spirit of the classic chemistry set to today's children. Learn More

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Closing Soon: Applications for Two SSP Competitions

Applications are closing soon for both the Intel Science Talent Search and The Future: Powered by Fiction competitions.

The Intel Science Talent Search is the nation’s most prestigious science research competition for U.S. high school seniors. Applications are due by November 13, 2013. Semifinalists will be announced in January 2014 and 40 finalists will compete in Washington, DC in early March.

The Future: Powered by Fiction is accepting science fiction stories, essays, videos, and comics from interested individuals between the ages of 13-25 until November 14, 2013. Entrants have the chance to win one of ten $1,000 awards.

In a new study, people who cheated on a simple task felt a buzz afterward. That rush may encourage them to cheat again. Credit: iStockphoto

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Are you an Alumnus of a SSP Educational Competition?

This winter, SSP plans to launch a new quarterly e-publication specifically aimed at alumni of our vaunted educational competitions. This new feature will include news and updates about alumni, historical photos, upcoming events, and more. Have you recently won an award, gotten a new job, or have an upcoming speaking engagement that your fellow alumni should know about? Reconnect with SSP by filling out an Alumnus Profile or contact us at

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