STEM Research Grants
STEM Research Grants provide support to middle and high School teachers engaging their students in authentic scientific research. Over 4 years, $440,000 has been awarded to 188 teachers. Priority consideration is given to schools that support students from low-income communities and demographics underrepresented in STEM fields.
In 2020, the Society for Science offered 100 teachers $1,000 worth of take-home STEM equipment to support students in completing independent science research projects. This year, we are continuing this option for 75 teachers and also allowing teachers to apply for up to $5,000 in order to purchase specialized equipment.
For the purposes of this grant, a research project is defined as an independent investigation by a student involving experimentation to answer a scientific question outside of regular classwork. Independent research projects are frequently entered into science fairs and other competitions.
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2020 – 2021 STEM Research Grant Recipients
The Society for Science provided STEM research equipment kits and funding to 95 middle and high school educators to help their students conduct research outside the classroom. The teachers come from 29 states, the District of Columbia, the US territories of American Samoa, Guam, and Puerto Rico as well as Mexico, Uruguay, and Peru. Priority consideration is given to teachers at schools that support students from low-income communities and demographics traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields.
“The impact of this opportunity is truly invaluable. Many of this year’s participants have never spent this much time in the outdoors and certainly have not conducted research in the field. The hope is that this experience will encourage these students to pursue science in their remaining years of high school as well as potentially college and careers!”
Jeremy Jonas, Tucson High Magnet School, Tucson, AZ
“Students interested in microbiology will have the opportunity to learn how to stain and plate bacteria. Many students in the past have shown interest, but we never had equipment to support their research. Now we do!”
Carrie Cox, Chamberlain High School, Chamberlain, SD
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Middle School Research Teachers Conference
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Advocate Grant Program
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Research at Home
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