Advocate Program

Providing training, stipends, and year-round support to mentors supporting underrepresented and low income students in entering science research competitions.

Underserved students are often missing from the finalist groups of the Society’s competitions. In order to change this, the Society created the Advocate Program to provide mentors to encourage underserved students to enter their projects in science research competitions. The Advocates receive training and support from Society staff, a $3,000 stipend and a paid trip to Washington, D.C., to meet in person at a weekend-long convening.

“Many of my students were never encouraged to participate in science fair and they were very surprised when some of them placed 1st in their category. One of my girls kept on saying that she had never been 1st in anything in her life. She carried her trophy in her backpack for a whole week and she would show it anyone that agreed to listen to her story!”

Priscilla Lumbreras – Granbury, TX

“One of my students has been in the program for two years. I have never met his parents. Recently, he told me that his parents wanted him to quit school and begin working. Instead, he told them that he likes school and wants to go to college. When we found out that he was going to be receiving an award at his regional science fair this year his mom and little brother came. I know it meant the world to my student.”

Laurel Bingman – Houston, TX

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The Advocate Program is evaluated on a yearly basis by Insight for Learning Practices. These reports are used to constantly improve the program.

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Lead by Frederick Feraco at Walt Whitman High School, this research program is a shining example of the impact our Advocates have.

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The Advocate Program provides mentors with valuable resources to help under-served students participate in science competitons.

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