The Society Advocate Grant provides a $3000 stipend to an individual (teacher, counselor, mentor), who agrees to serve as an advocate for 3-5 underrepresented students (African-American, Latino, Native American, low income) to transition them from conducting a scientific or engineering research project to completing applications to scientific competition(s).
Independent science research is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn the true nature of science and experience the thrill of discovery. By entering their work into science research competitions, students gain additional skills such as learning how to write a scientific journal article and how to present their work to peers, scientists and the public. Just completing the rigorous application process can inspire confidence in their scientific abilities and lead them to consider a STEM career. Many of these competitions provide monetary awards… Too few underrepresented students are presented with these opportunities and the know-how to successfully enter.
The individual agrees to support the students by prompting them and communicating to them about possible research competitions and relevant deadlines, and to support the gathering and writing of the required elements of an application. (It is not intended that this individual be conversant in the research subject, but rather navigates the process of application with the student.) …
Students must be from a population traditionally underserved in STEM education and careers: African – American, Latino, Native American, low income (Title 1, Free/Reduced lunch status) — and enrolled in a pre-collegiate program in grades 6-11. They must have conducted a research project within the last six months or be actively engaged in a project …
Application deadline: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 (6pm EST)
Notification of grant recipients: May 2
Convening Event in Washington, D.C. (all expenses paid): Summer 2016 (Date TBD)