Society for Science & the Public (SSP), a nonprofit membership organization, is dedicated to the achievement of young researchers, as well as to engaging the public in science. The SSP Fellows program, with support from Intel, provides teachers financial and training resources to help them enable “a broad representation of our brightest students to fully explore their intelligence and creativity and apply them to finding solutions for our greatest medical, technological, and environmental challenges,” says SSP President Elizabeth Marincola.

Fellows guide students to produce high-quality project-based research such as is selected for SSP’s premiere science competition, the Intel Science Talent Search. Last year, one SSP Fellow who teaches in a small, rural school in Oklahoma inspired her students to build the school’s first robot. Their work earned them a partial scholarship of $1,700, and with SSP support, they had sufficient funds to attend Botball, an educational robotics program.

The 2011 SSP Fellows will each receive $8,500, which is renewable annually for up to four years, as well as training and resources to start a high-quality scientific research program in their schools. The training includes a one-week, all-expenses-paid trip to attend the SSP Fellows Institute in Washington, D.C., worth two graduate credits. Click here for more information and to apply for a 2011 SSP Fellowship by January 17, 2011.

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