Advocate Program FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

The Advocate Program is a peer-led year-long professional development program that aims to support educators and mentors working to increase the diversity of students participating in STEM research competitions.

Advocates receive an all-expense paid trip to the Advocates Training Institute, support from an assigned Lead Advocate and cohort, and a $3,000 stipend (Lead Advocates receive $5,000). Stipends are paid in three installments throughout the year.

Unfortunately, no. To be eligible for the Advocate Program applicants must be employed by or have a formal role through a program or institution that serves middle and/or high school students. This eligibility requirement is a child safety requirement and helps to ensure that Advocates have reasonable oversight of their work with minors and have proper parental permissions.

Selected Advocates attend the Advocate Training Insititute (ATI), which is held in Washington, DC, (traditionally) during the first weekend of June. Following the ATI Advocates participate in a monthly meeting with their assigned cohort (scheduled by a Lead Advocate). A typical cohort call lasts approximately 1 hour.

Yes, while highly encouraged ATI attendance is not required. If you are unable to attend the ATI, please let program staff know when you accept your place in the program, and they will tell you the next steps.

Only individuals who have participated in the Advocate Program previously can apply to be a Lead Advocate. The number of Lead Advocates is determined by the total number of Advocates for the year and the distribution of middle school teachers, high school teachers, and non-k12 educators.

Advocates submit 3 goals at the conclusion of the ATI, throughout the year Advocates will submit 3 reports to share the status and progress of each goal (Fall, Winter, and Spring). The completion of each report is required to receive each stipend payment.