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Top 10 Society stories of the year

1. Regeneron Science Talent Search

2017 marked the first year in Regeneron’s $100 million, 10-year sponsorship of the Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. Indrani Das of Oradell, N.J., won the top award for her study of a possible approach to treating the death of neurons due to brain injury or neurodegenerative disease.


2. Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)

Nearly 1,800 young scientists selected from 421 affiliated fairs in 78 countries, regions and territories competed at the 2017 Intel ISEF in Los Angeles in May. The Society for Science & the Public was proud to welcome Zimbabwe and Ghana to Intel ISEF for the first time. Ivo Zell of Hessen, Germany, won the first place Gordon E. Moore Award of $75,000.


3. STEM Action & Research Grants Help Teachers and Nonprofits

The Society awarded $120,000 in grants to science research teachers to purchase much-needed equipment and $55,000 to 13 innovative organizations supporting community-based science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) projects through our STEM Action & Research Grant Program. 


4. Advocates Named

In April, the Society named 45 Advocates who will work to expand STEM opportunities for underserved students. The Advocate Grant Program seeks to open the door to scientific research for these students, many of whom are unaware of or unable to take advantage of science fair competitions.

5. Research Teachers Conference

In October, 200 science research teachers from across the country received an all-expense-paid weekend to share best practices at the 2017 Research Teachers Conference in Washington, D.C., sponsored by Regeneron.


6. SN 10 Highlights Scientists to Watch

For the third year in a row, Science News highlighted 10 early- and mid-career scientists on their way to widespread acclaim. This year’s SN 10, announced in October, were José Dinneny, Jennifer Dionne, M. Ehsan Hoque, KC Huang, David Kipping, Chong Liu, Lena Pernas, Kay Tye, Christina Warinner and Luhan Yang.


The Broadcom MASTERS 2017 finalists on stage at the awards gala.

7. Broadcom MASTERS

For the first time in the Society’s history, one of our own, alumnus Ben Hylak (shown above), spoke to the 30 middle school finalists who competed in the Broadcom MASTERS in October. Faris Irwin Wald of Santa Fe, N.M., won the top award — the $25,000 Samueli Foundation Prize.


8. New Board Members Named

This year, the Society was proud to announce the addition of three new members to the Board of Trustees: Feng Zhang (shown above), noted scientist and alumnus of the 1998 and 1999 International Science and Engineering Fairs, as well as the 2000 Science Talent Search; Nobel Prize–winning scientist Martin Chalfie; and distinguished philanthropist and investor Christy Burton.


9. Science News for Students Celebrates Diversity

Science News for Students continued its series on the need for greater diversity in STEM. This year’s focus was on the need for more people of color in science and how people with disabilities are involved in STEM.


10. Science News’ Expanded Eclipse Coverage

Science News’ extraordinary coverage of the 2017 total solar eclipse included a series of stories examining what we can learn from the natural phenomenon. The series also included reporting from the path of totality, an online interactive showing future solar eclipse paths and social media coverage.