STEM Research Grants

STEM Research Grants provide support to middle and high school teachers engaging their students in authentic scientific research. Since 2017, $775,000 has been awarded to 367 teachers. Priority consideration is given to schools that support students from low-income communities and demographics underrepresented in STEM fields.

Teachers can apply for up to $5,000 in order to purchase specialized equipment or $1,000 in preselected equipment including Arduino starter kits, soil test kits, and PocketLab sensors.

For the purposes of this grant, a research project is defined as an independent investigation by a student involving experimentation, engineering design, or invention. The grant is not intended to support whole class sets of materials for traditional classroom instruction. Independent research projects are frequently entered into science fairs and other competitions.

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SRG recipient Alfred Santos and his students standing behind a table showing various boxes of lab equipment.

2022 - 2023 STEM Research Grant Recipients

The Society for Science provided STEM research equipment kits and funding to 52 middle and high school educators to help their students conduct research outside the classroom.  The teachers come from 24 states and the Northern Marianas Islands. Priority consideration is given to teachers at schools that support students from low-income communities and demographics traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields.

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“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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