From: Jennifer Carter <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 6 Jan 2009 13:57:23 -0500
Subject: New Fellows Program AT Society for Science & the Public
My name is Jennifer Carter and I am the new Director of Outreach for the Society for Science and the Public located in Washington DC. Society for Science & the Public (SSP) is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to the 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, inspire.
Inform – To deliver the events and news of the scientific world daily. Through online and print media, we keep the world informed of the latest scientific news and advances.
Educate – To further the many disciplines of science by reaching students, teachers and the public.
Inspire – To encourage and nurture the next generation of scientists, engineers and teachers, through our acclaimed science competitions.
In January of 2009, Society for Science and the Public (SSP) is launching a new Fellows program for high school science and/or mathematics teachers (administrators) in U.S. schools. The official announcement has not been released, but I thought since you all may know of competitive candidates, I would give you a heads up and hope that you will call or write so I can help either you complete the application or help someone you know complete the application over the next few months. I have used information off this portal before to help others so I thought that this program may benefit someone you know.
Below are some important facts about the program:
All potential candidates will be ranked based on the following criteria and the most competitive, meeting all the criteria will be selected for the Fellows program for 2009. This Fellows Program in no way creates an advantage for the teacher or student who participates in Science Talent Search (STS). STS students are selected based on merit alone regardless of how they came to the program.
Demonstrated interest in research but actual research experience not required.
Have taught or actively teaching 9-12 grade science (must have teaching credentials) -If you are not actively teaching but have in the past, you must demonstrate access to students to mentor.
Teacher (Administrator) must be from a school that has enrollment that is at least 40% underrepresented minority and/or have at least 30% of students receiving free or reduced rate lunches
Demonstrated evidence of engagement with students (e.g. Field trips, science clubs, mentoring requiring time to teach, supports independent research)
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Must be able to attend Fellows Institute in Washington DC –July 27 through July 31, 2009 – fully paid trip
Each applicant must submit the following electronically:
1. Completed online application (not until Mid-January)
2. A written Essay describing the following: a 400 word description – See application guidelines for guidance on how this should be written
Methodology by which the applicant will recruit and mentor students over the commitment period
A brief description of what the teacher/school is currently engaged in recruiting and mentoring students in the production of science fair projects or project based research and the support network that is already established to support those students or if not established description of plans to establish.
3. Copy of Curriculum Vitae
4. Proposed Budget of $ direct support funds for each year over the 1 year commitment
5. 1 Recommendation letter from school or district administration
6. Administration should state how they will substantively support teacher’s efforts.
Each teacher may be granted up to two hours of administrative leave per week, not to exceed ten hours per calendar month, to participate in the Society for Science & the Public Fellows initiative, including participating in an established mentoring program serving a school district.
Community Partnership/Co-op program
There will be a significant stipend given to each teacher (up to $8500/year) if Fellowship is awarded. The Institute may have college credit or continuing education credit awarded to it which can be used to complete a degree or certification. The commitment is for 1 year with an option of non-competitive renewal after the first year for 3 more award years.
You may know a teacher who is already making a difference with minimal resources and we want to give them the additional resources to be as effective as they can!
This is going to be a great Program so thanks for spreading the word if you can!
Jennifer A. Carter
Director of Outreach
Society for Science & the Public
1719 N Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20036-2801
202.872.5140 (phone), 202.822.3922 (fax)