Congratulations to Anna, our 2017 winner!
Here's the moment we told her she'd won.
You're definitely going to want to watch this.
Anna is a high school senior from Maryland planning to study physics. Anna submitted an excellent video about tidal heating and Jupiter's most volcanic moon, and our advisory board selected her as the winner from over 2,000 applicants.
Now that you've won, what's going through your head?
I am over the moon! This scholarship is my dream, and it still feels very unreal. I could go on and on about how honored and grateful and excited I am, but we would be here all day, so I'll just say this: I can't wait to make some videos!
What do you hope to accomplish as the 2017 Science Ambassador?
I know it sounds cheesy, but I really do believe in the power of videos to change lives. I know I wouldn't be where I am today without Numberphile, ViHart, and CGPGrey, just to name a few. Videos have always helped me learn and become more curious, and I'm hoping I can make content that helps other people the same way.
What are your future college plans?
Winning this scholarship has had a huge impact on my college decision—it made it possible for me to go to Harvey Mudd, my top choice school. Right now, I plan to study physics as an undergrad and eventually go into research, but that plan is definitely not finalized. I know I want to work in science, but I'm going to take lots of different courses and do internships to figure out exactly what I want to do.
A full tuition scholarship for a woman seeking an undergraduate degree in science, engineering, or math, funded by Cards Against Humanity.
Scholarship funds will be provided from Cards Against Humanity’s Science Pack—a 30–card expansion pack co–authored with Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal’s Zach Weinersmith and Bad Astronomy’s Phil Plait.
The winner of the Science Ambassador Scholarship will receive full tuition coverage for up to four years.
Frequently Asked Questions
When’s the deadline for my application?
No deadline has been announced yet, but applications will re–open fall 2017.
Do I have to be a U.S. Citizen to apply?
You do not need to be a U.S. citizen to apply. You do need to attend college (or plan to attend college) in the United States.
Does my video have to be about my field of study?
Nope! You can talk about any scientific topic you find exciting. Remember to deliver a mini lecture, not a personal statement.
Can I apply if I’m a graduate student?
The Science Ambassador Scholarship is only open to undergraduate students and high school students at this time.
Which fields of study are eligible?
All fields within science, technology, engineering, and math are eligible. For a full list of STEM fields, click here. STEM must be your major field of study (not minor).
I haven’t decided on a major, but I’m definitely going to study a STEM field. Can I still apply?
Yes, you can apply, as long as you will study a STEM field for the entirety of your undergraduate career.
I’m a teacher/professor/guidance counselor. How can I tell my students?
How can I help support the Science Ambassador Scholarship?
You can help by spreading the word to as many eligible high school and college students as possible—we always want to reach more students. You can also support the scholarship financially by grabbing a science pack. All proceeds directly fund the scholarship’s growing trust.
Who won last year’s scholarship?
Sona Dadhania was awarded the 2016 Science Ambassador Scholarship from over one thousand applicants. Sona is studying Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. You can watch Sona’s incredible winning video here, and see what she’s currently learning about in school here.
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Jamie Burgess, Ph.D.
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Dr. Amanda Childers
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Science Education Ph.D. Student at University of California
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Dr. Audrey Forticaux
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Mallory Hacker, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Neurology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Dr Maggie Hardy
Research Fellow, The University of Queensland, Institute for Molecular Bioscience
Dr. Kathryn Henley
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Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard School of Public Health
Dr. Jennifer Hirsh, PharmD
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Dr. Renée Hložek
Assistant Professor, Dunlap Institute and the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Toronto
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Dr. Christina M. Ignarra
Postdoctoral Research Associate, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
CEO of Tenrehte Technologies
Dr. Amy C. Janes
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Joyce Kao, Ph.D.
NIH NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow, New York University
Dr. Risa Kawai
Dr. Megan Kelly
Lecturer in Environmental Science, Arrupe College of Loyola University of Chicago
Dr. Michelle Ann Kline
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Simon Fraser University
Beth Knight, Ph.D.
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Sarah Kolitz, Ph.D.
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Dr. Brenna M. Krieger
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow, Department of Energy
Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh Department of Chemistry
Iara Lacher, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow in Landscape Ecology at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
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Dr. Tami Lieberman
Postdoctoral Researcher, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dr. Cheryl Logan
Assistant Professor of Marine Environmental Physiology, California State University, Monterey Bay
Lisa Manglass, MS
Ph.D. Student, Clemson University
Heather M. Maranges, MS
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Dr. Lindsay T. Marjoram
Senior Technology Development Specialist, Affinergy, LLC
Dr. Alison Marklein
PostDoc of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Dr. Bianca Jones Marlin
Postdoctoral Fellow, Columbia University School of Medicine
Rebecca L. Martin, Ph.D.
Dr. Laurel Martin-Harris
Lecturer in Neuroscience, UCLA
Dr. Sarah F. Mitchell
Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, Loyola Marymount University
Fleet Management Engineer, GE Aviation
Dr. Julie Nadel
ASHG/NHGRI Genetics and Education Fellow
Dr. Kerry J. Nickols
Assistant Professor of Marine Science, California State University Monterey Bay
Dr. Christine Sierra O’Connell
Postdoctoral Researcher in Ecology, University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Melanie Harrison Okoro
Environmental Scientist, NOAA
Abby Olena, Ph.D.
Freelance Science Writer
Dr. Louisa Preston
UK Space Agency Aurora Research Fellow, Birkbeck University of London. Lecturer, NYU London
California Northstate University Medical Student, former Chicago Public Schools science teacher
Ana Díaz Rivero
Dr. Renee Robbins
Content Scientist, QIAGEN Ingenuity Systems
Dr. Molly Rossow
Data Systems Programmer, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
Dr. Loren Cassin Sackett
Assistant Professor, Department of Integrative Biology, University of South Florida
Dr. Kathryn Shirk
Assistant Professor of Physics, Shippensburg University of PA
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Planetary Protection Engineer, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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NSF Postdoc, University of Maine
Dr. Sara Tallarovic
Professor of Biology, University of the Incarnate Word
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Professor of Engineering and Business, University of St. Thomas
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Director of Citizen Science, Adler Planetarium, Northwestern University
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Associate, Lightstone Ventures
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Assistant Professor of Genomics, Evolution, and Bioinformatics, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University
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Postdoctoral Researcher, Northwestern University