The Science Ambassador Scholarship
A full–tuition scholarship for a woman in science, technology, engineering, or math.
Funded by Cards Against Humanity. Applications open this fall.
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Congratulations to Laura, our 2018 Winner
Here's the moment we told her she'd won. You're definitely going to want to watch this.
Laura is a high school senior from Kirkland, Washington, and she’s heading to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology this fall. Laura submitted an excellent application video about the biochemistry of slug slime, and our advisory board selected her as the winner of this year’s full–ride scholarship.
How does it feel to be the Science Ambassador Scholar?
I’m stunned, grateful, and extremely excited! I’m amazed that sharing my love for science has given me this incredible opportunity.
What are your future plans?
I’m going to study biological engineering at MIT, and I’m considering graduate or medical school afterwards. I’m excited to be a part of a platform supporting women in STEM.
What other colleges did you apply to?
I applied and was accepted to Harvard, Yale, Brown, Stanford, MIT, Caltech, Whitman, and the University of Washington. Winning this scholarship meant I didn’t have to worry about the financial pressures of college, and I could focus on choosing the school that was the best fit for me.
We awarded scholarships to four runners–up. You can watch their videos here.
How To Apply This Fall
Applications for the 2019 academic year will open this fall. To apply, film a three–minute video of yourself explaining a topic in STEM you are passionate about. You must be a high school senior or an undergraduate college student to apply.
- 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. Your video doesn't need to be fancy or high–tech. Production value is not a factor.
- Three minutes or less in length.
- About any topic in STEM, not necessarily your field of study.
- Uploaded to YouTube and marked ‘public.’ It should be accessible to the general public and could, but doesn't have to be, targeted at young students.
The video applications will be reviewed by an advisory board of seventy women who hold higher degrees and work professionally in STEM. After video applications close, select finalists will move onto the next round and submit additional materials for review.
Frequently Asked Questions
Applications open fall 2018.
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.
Nope! You can explain any STEM topic you find exciting. Remember to deliver a mini–lecture, not a personal statement.
The Science Ambassador Scholarship is only open to undergraduate students and high school seniors.
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).
Yes, you can apply, as long as you will study a STEM field for the entirety of your undergraduate career.
We always want to reach more students. You can help by spreading the word to as many eligible students as possible. You can also support the scholarship financially by buying the Science Pack from Cards Against Humanity. All sales directly fund the scholarship.
Great question! We commissioned the brilliant Ashley Lukashevsky to illustrate pieces for our site.
The Science Pack
Our goal is to highlight outstanding women in science, technology, engineering, and math. To date, we've funded three full–ride scholarships and created a community of mentors and students who work in STEM fields.
$1,143,584 raised so farBuy the Science Pack
Dr. Leigh Abrams
Sr. R&D Scientist, Honeywell–UOP
Amanda M. Adams, Ph.D.
Texas A&M University
Veronica Berns, Ph.D.
Dr. Cynthia Bethea
Oregon National Primate Research Center
Amy Boddy, Ph.D.
University of California, Santa Barbara
Jamie Burgess, Ph.D.
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Elena Chartoff, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and Psychiatry
Dr. Amanda Childers
Professor of Mathematics, Chaffey College
Science Education and Microbiology Doctoral Student
Randi-Michelle Cowin, Ph.D.
Consultant, Slalom LLC
Ana Díaz Rivero
Erica C. Fischer, Ph.D., P.E.
Assistant Professor, Oregon State Univeristy
Molly M. Foote, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology, California Northstate University
Senior Materials Chemist, 3M
Dr. Julijana Gjorgjieva
Technical University of Munich
Mallory Hacker, Ph.D.
Research Assistant and Professor of Neurology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Dr. Maggie Hardy
Federal Research Scientist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Director of Women's Health, Medical College of Wisconsin
Kathryn Henley, Ph.D.
Regulatory Writer, Synchrogenix
Stephanie Hicks, Ph.D.
Johns Hopkins University
Sarah Hird, Ph.D.
Hird Lab at the University of Connecticut
Dr. Jennifer Hirsh, PharmD, M.S.
Veterans Health Administration/VISN12
Prof Renée Hlozek
Assistant Professor, University of Toronto
Dr. Christina M. Ignarra
Postdoctoral Research Associate, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
CEO, Tenrehte Technologies
Dr. Joyce Kao
NIH NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow, New York University
Risa Kawai, Ph.D.
Dr. Megan Kelly
Michelle A Kline, Ph.D.
Simon Fraser University
Sarah Kolitz, Ph.D.
VP of Translational Medicine, Immuneering
Iara Lacher, Ph.D.
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Ph.D. Candidate, University of Virginia
Kimberly Lezak, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Harvard Medical School
Assistant Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Host of ScIQ, Young Turks Network
Lisa Manglass, MS
Ph.D. Student, Clemson University
Heather M. Maranges, M.S.
Researcher, Doctoral Candidate, Florida State University
Lindsay T. Marjoram, Ph.D.
Senior Technology Development Specialist, Affinergy, LLC
Dr. Alison Marklein
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Dr. Mackenzie Mathis
Principal Investigator, Harvard University
Dr. Sarah Mitchell
Loyola Marymount University
University of Chicago
Fleet Management Engineer, GE Aviation
Julie Nadel, Ph.D.
The New York Academy of Sciences
Kavita Nanda, MD, MHS
FHI 360 and Duke University
Kerry J. Nickols, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, California State University Northridge
Christine Sierra O'Connell
Postdoctoral Researcher, University of California, Berkeley
Abby Olena, Ph.D.
Milena Radzikowska MDes, Ph.D.
Mount Royal University
Medical Student, California Northstate University
Dr. Renee Robbins
Ingenuity Web Apps
Molly Rossow, Ph.D.
University of Chicago
Seema Sheth, Ph.D.
UC Berkeley/North Carolina State University
Kathryn Shirk, Ph.D.
Creator and host of Science With Sophie, Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
Kate Sippel, DVM, DACVR
Dr. Fiona Soper
University of Montana
Sabriya Stukes, Ph.D.
Lover of Infectious Diseases, Connect with STEM
Dr. Sara Tallarovic
Biology Educational Technology Specialist, Vernier Software and Technology
Dr. AnnMarie Thomas
Associate Professor, University of St. Thomas
Dr. Laura Trouille
Anna Turetsky, Ph.D.
Sharda Umanath, Ph.D.
Claremont McKenna College
Sai Sree Uppala, Ph.D.
Claremont McKenna College
Dr. Kelly Weinersmith
Kaitlin Stack Whitney, Ph.D.
Rochester Institute of Technology
Jessica Wilson, Ph.D.
Melissa A. Wilson Sayres, Ph.D.
Arizona State University
Our Science Ambassadors
Every semester, we ask winners of the Science Ambassador Scholarship to create new videos explaining the stuff in STEM they’re most passionate about. Check out these videos to see what they’re learning about in school.Meet the Science Ambassadors