Society for Science and the Public

Written by Paul Wynns

The Society for Science & the Public (SSP), established in 1921, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of scientific research and education. With a rich history of fostering public engagement in scientific research and education, SSP aims to inform, educate, and inspire. The organization is renowned for its prestigious science competitions, including the Science Talent Search, the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), and the Broadcom MASTERS. These programs are designed to nurture and recognize the next generation of scientists, engineers, and innovators by offering students from around the world the opportunity to showcase their research and compete for scholarships and recognition.

Although the Society for Science & the Public is not known primarily for aviation-specific scholarships, its broad support for STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) indirectly benefits students interested in careers in aviation and aerospace. Through its competitions and award programs, SSP encourages young scientists and engineers to pursue their interests in a wide array of fields, including those applicable to aviation and aerospace sciences. Participants with projects in aerospace engineering, for example, have the opportunity to gain exposure, win scholarships, and receive accolades that could support their future educational endeavors in the aviation sector. By promoting a strong foundation in STEM disciplines, the Society for Science & the Public plays a pivotal role in fostering the next generation of innovators and professionals in aviation and beyond, exemplifying the organization’s commitment to advancing scientific understanding and education for all.


Regeneron Science Talent Search

Multiple awards worth
$2,000 - $250,000
Grade Level
High School Senior

TheScience Talent Search(STS), the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors, was launched by the Society and Westinghouse in 1942.

Then and today, the competition seeks to identify the...