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Society for Science & the Public

  • Washington, DC
  • www.societyforscience.org

Mission Statement

Society for Science & the Public is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership organization dedicated to public engagement in scientific research and education. Our vision is to promote the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement: to inform, educate and inspire.

Main Programs

  1. Intel International Science and Engineering Fair
  2. Science News magazine
  3. Regeneron Science Talent Search
  4. Science News for Students
  5. Broadcom MASTERS
Service Areas

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International

Through our programs and publications the Society serves the United States and international communities.

ruling year

1922

President and CEO

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Maya Ajmera

Keywords

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education, science, news, technology, science fair, science magazine, scholarships, internships, science writing

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EIN

53-0196483

 Number

8560055468

Physical Address

1719 N Street, NW

Washington, DC 20036 2801

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Science, General (includes Interdisciplinary Scientific Activities) (U20)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Engineering and Technology Research, Services (U40)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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The Society delivers and explains the world of science to the global community. Our renowned educational competitions and award-winning family of media properties engage tens of millions of people each year. By educating and informing students, parents, educators and the greater community about the evolving and influential world of science, we inspire interest in and the pursuit of the endless possibilities of science.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) is the world's largest international pre-college science competition. The Intel ISEF annually provides a forum for more than 1,700 high school students from over 70 countries, regions and territories to showcase their independent research, while competing for over $5 million in awards and scholarships.

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Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

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Program 2

Science News magazine

Science News offers readers bold, contemporary, award-winning editorial content and detailed imagery. Concise, current, and comprehensive, the magazine provides an approachable overview from all fields and applications of science and technology.

Science News is edited for an educated readership of professionals, scientists and other science enthusiasts. Written by a staff of experienced science journalists, it treats science as news, reporting accurately and placing findings in perspective.

Published since 1922, the biweekly print publication reaches more than 100,000 dedicated subscribers. Now available on the Kindle, iPad, and updated continuously online, Science News attracts nearly ten million online visits annually.

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Population(s) Served

Adults

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

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Program 3

Regeneron Science Talent Search

The Regeneron Science Talent Search (Regeneron STS) is the
nation’s most prestigious science research competition for high
school seniors. Since 1942, first in partnership with Westinghouse
and with Intel from 1998 to 2016, the Science Talent Search (STS)
has served as the national stage for the country’s best and brightest
young scientists to present original research to nationally
recognized professional scientists.

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Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

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Program 4

Science News for Students

Science News for Students is our online publication, found at www.sciencenewsforstudents.org, devoted to students, their teachers and parents. SNS offers timely, interesting news stories and features, accompanied by suggestions for hands-on activities, books, articles, and web resources. It attracts nearly four million visitors annually. Younger and older visitors enjoy its pages.

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Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

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Program 5

Broadcom MASTERS

Broadcom MASTERS stands for Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering for Rising Stars. The premier science and engineering competition for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students, Broadcom MASTERS inspires middle schoolers to pursue their personal passion for science, engineering and math into high school.

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Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

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Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Since 1921, the Society (formerly known as Science Service) has conveyed the excitement of science and research directly to the public through its award-winning publications and world-class science education competitions.

    Today, the Society is dedicated to providing concise, accurate, and inspirational science news and opportunities to our nearly 90,000 subscribing members, the 50,000 alumni of our competitions worldwide, and millions of unique online visitors and social media followers.
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  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
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  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
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  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
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Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Through our programs and publications the Society serves the United States and international communities.

Social Media

Blog

Funding Needs

The Society needs general support for our education programs and publications, as well as support for our outreach efforts.

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SOCIETY FOR SCIENCE & THE PUBLIC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Society for Science & the Public

Leadership

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President and CEO

Maya Ajmera

BIO

As a lifelong science enthusiast and supporter of science education, Maya already had a significant connection to the Society, having been selected in high school as a member of the Honors Group in the Westinghouse Science Talent Search (now known as the Regeneron Science Talent Search) for her project, “Isolation and Characterization of a Tetracycline Resistant Plasmid of an Animal Isolate Streptococcus faecalis, SF2." She earned her A.B. in biology from Bryn Mawr College and M.P.P. from Duke University.
In 2013-2014, Maya served as the inaugural Social Entrepreneur in Residence for Duke University and Visiting Professor for the Practice of Public Policy at The Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke. From 2011-2014, Maya was a Visiting Scholar and Professorial Lecturer at The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at The Johns Hopkins University. She continues to serve as an adjunct on the faculty of the International Development Program and teaches the course, "Social Innovations in International Development for Children and Youth."
In 1993, Maya founded The Global Fund for Children (GFC), a nonprofit organization that invests in innovative, community-based organizations working with some of the world's most vulnerable children and youth. Under Maya's 18 years of leadership, GFC grew from a vision into one of the largest networks of grassroots organizations working on behalf of vulnerable children. To date, GFC has awarded more than $35 million to more than 600 grassroots organizations in 80 countries, touching the lives of nearly 10 million children.
Maya is also an award-winning children's book author of nearly 20 titles, including Children from Australia to Zimbabwe, Faith, and To Be a Kid, with more than 3 million readers worldwide.
Maya is a recipient of numerous leadership awards, including the 2011 Henry Crown Fellowship at the Aspen Institute, the Echoing Green Fellowship, the William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations, and the Rotary International Graduate Fellowship.
Maya serves on the board of visitors of the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. She is co-chair of the board of Echoing Green, a trustee of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, and a board member of New Global Citizens and Kids in Need of Defense. She serves on numerous advisory boards and is also an adviser to Mytonomy, an online video Q&A service for college and career planning. In 2008, she served as a member of the Innovation and Civil Society subgroup of the Obama presidential transition's Technology, Innovation and Government Reform Policy Working Group.
Maya holds an A.B. from Bryn Mawr College and a M.P.P. from the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and daughter.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

H. Robert Horvitz Ph.D.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Howard Hughes Medical Institute

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