The Science Ambassador Scholarship

A full–tuition scholarship for a woman in science, technology, engineering, or math.
Funded by Cards Against Humanity. Applications close December 13th, 2021 at 11:59PM CST.

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How To Apply

Film a three–minute educational video of yourself explaining a STEM topic you're passionate about. To apply, you must be a high school senior or an undergraduate college student. To view videos we've liked in the past, check out our previous winners. Your video should be:

  • A mini–lecture, not a personal statement. Pretend you're a lecturer speaking to a class. Teach us something.
  • Clear, creative, accurate, and a demonstration of your passion for the subject. We value novel, memorable approaches to topics. Your video doesn't need to be fancy or high–tech. Production value is not a factor.
  • Three minutes or less in length. Videos longer than this will not be considered. No exceptions!
  • About any STEM topic, not necessarily your field of study. Pick a topic that excites and fascinates you. We don't need to hear about the latest thing in science news (unless that's your jam).
  • Scientifically accurate. We encourage you to cite the sources used to research your topic. Ideally, this would be in a slide or frame at the end of your video. You can use any citation format you'd like.
  • Uploaded to YouTube and marked ‘public.’ No exceptions!
A woman applying for a rad scholarship for women studying STEM fields

Please note: Part of being a science communicator is leading by example. If applicable, please film your video in a way that complies with your local safety regulations related to COVID-19.

An advisory board of women who hold higher degrees and work in a broad range of STEM fields will review applications and select finalists. Finalists will be notified in early 2022 and will move onto the next round to submit additional materials. A winner will be announced in April 2022.

Frequently Asked Questions


When's the final deadline?

Submit your video by December 13th, 2021 at 11:59PM CST. Late video submissions will not be accepted, no exceptions.

When do we find out who won?

We’ll announce the winner in April 2022.

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 or a United States Territory.

Does my video have to be about my field of study?

Nope! You can explain any STEM topic you find exciting. Remember to deliver a mini–lecture, not a personal statement.

I made a mistake in my video. Can I try again and edit my application?

Yes! Once you submit your application, you'll get an email that will allow you to make edits on your application until 11:59PM CST on December 13th, 2021.

Can I apply if I'm a graduate student?

No. The Science Ambassador Scholarship is only open to undergraduate students and high school seniors.

How many years of tuition does this scholarship cover?

We'll pay the winner's undergraduate tuition expenses for up to four years, starting with the 2022-2023 academic year. Please note that we do not reimburse the winner for tuition expenses incurred prior to winning this scholarship.

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 your 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 work in a school. How can I share this opportunity with my students?

You can link to ScienceAmbassadorScholarship.org or download this flyer.

How can I help support the Science Ambassador Scholarship?

You can spread the word to as many eligible students as possible. Also, you could grab the Cards Against Humanity Science Pack. All sales fund the scholarship.

Who drew all the amazing illustrations on this site?

The brilliant Ashley Lukashevsky.

Meet the Winners

An illustration of all of our Science Ambassador Scholarship winners so far. You could be one of them! An illustration of all of our Science Ambassador Scholarship winners so far. You could be one of them!

Every semester, we ask winners of the Science Ambassador Scholarship to create new videos explaining STEM topics they're learning about in school.

Meet the Science Ambassadors

The Science Pack

Our goal is to highlight outstanding women in science, technology, engineering, and math. To date, we've funded six full–tuition scholarships and created a community of mentors and students who work in STEM fields.

Scholarship funds are 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.

 $1,316,186  raised so far

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Meet the Judges

Advisory Board Co-Chairs

Kayt Havens, MD Medical College of Wisconsin

Jen Indovina, CEO Tenrehte Technologies, Inc.

Julie Nadel, PhD Johns Hopkins University

Prof. Esther Ngumbi Entomology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Advisory Board

Leigh Abrams, PhD Research Scientist, Honeywell UOP

Brittany Allen-Petersen, PhD Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, Purdue University

Anne Lord Bailey, PharmD, BCPS Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Dr. Laurie Bayet Department of Neuroscience, American University

Diana SM Buist, PhD, MPH Senior Investigator, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute

Dr. Amanda M. Burkhardt Department of Clinical Pharmacy, University of Southern California

Elena Chartoff, PhD Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Emily Davenport Department of Biology, Penn State University

Natalie Davidson Postdoctoral Fellow at CU Anschutz

Erin Diel, PhD Image Application Specialist, Glencoe Software

Molly M. Foote, PhD Research Data Analyst

Casey Hall, PhD Head of Research at Cards Against Humanity

Kathryn Henley, PhD Associate Director of Scientific Writing, PTC Therapeutics

Dr. Jennifer Hirsh, PharmD, MS Clinical Informatics Pharmacist, Veterans Health Administration

Prof. Renée Hložek Dunlap Institute and Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Toronto

Dr. Christina M. Ignarra Project Scientist, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Dr. Michelle Kline Senior Lecturer, Department of Life Sciences, Division of Psychology, Brunel University London

Sarah Kolitz, PhD, VP Translational Medicine, Immuneering

Annalena La Porte, PhD Pfizer

Professor Lisa Manglass Department of Physics and Engineering, Francis Marion University

Heather M. Maranges, PhD Wake Forest University

Lindsay Marjoram, PhD Study Director, Powered Research

Prof. Mackenzie Mathis Bertarelli Foundation Chair of Integrative Neuroscience, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL)

Sarah Mitchell, PhD Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Loyola Marymount University

Meghan (Morrison) Joly, PhD Sr. Scientific Project Manager, Vanderbilt Institute of Clinical and Translational Research

Anna Mullins, PhD RPSGT Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine

Prof. Christine Sierra O'Connell Department of Environmental Studies, Macalester College

Dr. Nadija Rieser Emergency Medicine Resident Physician, Advocate Christ Medical Center

Dr. Molly Rossow Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

Sharda Umanath, PhD Department of Psychological Science, Claremont McKenna College

Karina Wernecke Software Engineering Manager, McMaster-Carr

Dr. Kaitlin Stack Whitney Rochester Institute of Technology

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