Ten U.S high school science teachers will learn how to build independent scientific research programs in their communities

The ten teachers selected in March as part of Society for Science & the Public’s (Society) 2011 class of the Society Fellowship will attend the Fellows Institute next week in Washington, DC. The Fellows Institute provides intensive training to teachers and enables each Fellow to earn graduate level credit for their work. 
Competitively selected from a large entrant pool of high school science and math teachers from 42 states and American Samoa, each Fellow will receive: (1) $8,500 in 2011 directly for their classroom and community; (2) full support to attend the Fellows Institute held July 25–29, 2011 in Washington, DC; and (3) ongoing training and resources from the Society. Successful participants can retain their Fellowship for up to four years to ensure that promising students can pursue independent research through their high school years. 
“The Society is proud of all the 2011 Fellows,” said Elizabeth Marincola, president of Society for Science & the Public. “The Fellows Institute will help these teachers learn how to start independent research programs at their school, which will give students the flexibility to explore their world using the inquiry cycle.”
The 2011 class of Fellows includes teachers selected from rural and urban areas, large and small communities, and schools that serve under-resourced communities. They are:
  • Chris Todd Campbell, Simsboro High School, Ruston, LA
  • Joyce Corriere, Hampton High School, Hampton, VA
  • Donna Donnelly, New Century Technology High School, Huntsville, AL
  • Dominique Evans-Bye, Clark High School, La Crescenta, CA
  • Mario Alberto Godoy-Gonzalez, Royal High School, Royal City, WA
  • Travis Hartberger, McKinley Technology High School, Washington, DC
  • Kathryn Hedges, Hammond High School, Hammond, IN
  • Patricia Morris, Strom Thurmond High School, Johnston, SC
  • Julie Olson, Mitchell Senior High School, Mitchell, SD
  • Jonathon Wetherington, Brookwood High School, Suwanee, GA
Through a generous grant from Intel, the Society Fellowship provides funds and training to selected U.S. science and math teachers who serve under-resourced students, to enable interested and motivated students to perform high-quality, independent scientific research. The program began with its first class in 2009. Society Fellows design independent research programs to be implemented in their schools and help their students to develop a strong network of scientific mentors. 
Additional information about the Society Fellowship is at www.societyforscience.org/outreach. The application for the 2012 Fellowship will open November, 2011.
About Society for Science & the Public
Society for Science & the Public is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization dedicated to the achievement of young researchers in independent research and to the public engagement in science. Established in 1921, its vision is to promote the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement. Through its acclaimed education competitions, including the Intel Science Talent Search, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, and the Broadcom MASTERS, and its award-winning publications, Science News, which reaches more than120,000 subscribers, and Science News for Kids, the Society is committed to inform, educate, inspire. For more information about the Society and its work visit www.societyforscience.org.
Caitlin Jennings
Society for Science & the Public
(202) 872-5158