The Science Ambassador Scholarship

A full–tuition scholarship for a woman in science, technology, engineering, or math.
Funded by Cards Against Humanity. Applications re-open next fall.

If you'd like to be notified when applications open, sign up for our mailing list here.

The 2019 Winner

Did you apply for the 2019 Science Ambassador Scholarship?
If so, your application is currently under review by our advisory board.
We'll reach out in the spring to let you know if you're a finalist.

How To Apply

Film a three–minute video of yourself explaining a STEM topic you're passionate about. You must be a high school senior or an undergraduate college student to apply. To view examples of previous application videos, click here. Your video should be:

  • A mini–lecture, not a personal statement. Pretend you're a lecturer speaking to a class. Teach us something.
  • 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 in judging.
  • Scientifically accurate. We encourage you to cite sources you use to research your topic.
  • Clear and creative. People who aren't science experts, like students or non–scientist adults, should be able to understand your video.
  • About any STEM topic, not necessarily your field of study.
  • Three minutes or less in length. Please upload your video to YouTube marked ‘public.’
A woman applying for a rad scholarship for women studying STEM fields

An advisory board of women who hold higher degrees and work in a broad range of STEM fields will review the applications.

Frequently Asked Questions


When do applications open?

Applications open Fall 2019.

I applied to the 2019 award. What are next steps?

We’ll reach out in the Spring to let you know if you’re a finalist. We’ll select the winner in April.

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 explain any STEM 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 seniors.

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.

Who are the previous winners?

Read all about the winners of years past right here.

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

You can link them to ScienceAmbassadorScholarship.org and download this flyer to print out. Send us an email if you want more materials, like posters and brochures.

How can I help support the Science Ambassador Scholarship?

We always need to reach more students. You can help by spreading the word to as many eligible students as possible. Also, you could grab the Cards Against Humanity Science Pack. All sales directly fund the scholarship.

Who drew all the amazing illustrations on this site?

We commissioned the brilliant Ashley Lukashevsky.

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

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.

The scholarship is funded by 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.

 $1,143,584  raised so far

Buy the Science Pack

Judges


Veronica Berns, Ph.D.* Northwestern University

Kathryn Havens, M.D.*

Jen Indovina, CEO* Tenrehte Technologies

Tami Lieberman, Ph.D.* Assistant Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Julie Nadel, Ph.D.*

Esther Ngumbi, Ph.D.* University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign

Leigh Abrams, Ph.D. Senior R&D Scientist, Honeywell UOP

Amy Boddy Department of Anthropology

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

Jamie Burgess, Ph.D.

Elena Chartoff, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Amanda Childers, Ph.D.

Professor Morgan Cole Rea Mathematics Department, Chaffey College

Laleh Cote Graduate Group in Science & Mathematics Education, UC Berkeley

Randi–Michelle Cowin, Ph.D. Information Management & Analytics Consultant

Ana Díaz Rivero, Ph.D. Candidate, Physics Department, Harvard University

Professor Erica Fischer School of Civil and Construction Engineering, Oregon State University

Debbie Gale Mitchell Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of Denver

Prof. Julijana Gjorgjieva

Mallory Hacker, Ph.D. Research Assistant Professor of Neurology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Stephanie Hicks

Dr. Jennifer Hirsh, PharmD, M.S. Veterans Health Administration

Prof. Renée Hložek

Dr. Christina M. Ignarra Postdoctoral Research Associate, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Meghan Joly, Ph.D. Project Manager at Vanderbilt's Institute of Clinical and Translational Research

Joyce Kao, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Associate, Center for Genomics and Systems Biology, New York University

Prof. Michelle Kline Department of Psychology, Simon Fraser University

Sarah Kolitz, Ph.D. V.P. Translational Medicine, Immuneering

Jayde Lovell Science Correspondent: The Young Turks Network

Prof. Tara Mandalaywala, Ph.D. Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Lisa Manglass, M.S. Ph.D. Student, Clemson University

Heather M. Maranges, M.S.

Lindsay Marjoram, Ph.D. Director of Technology Development, Affinergy, LLC

Dr. Alison Marklein Postdoc, UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Mackenzie Mathis, Ph.D. Harvard University

Dr. Sarah Mitchell Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Loyola Marymount University

MurphyKate Montee Department of Mathematics, University of Chicago

Kavita Nanda, M.D., M.H.S. Director of Medical Research, FHI 360

Dr. Christine Sierra O'Connell Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, University of California, Berkeley

Prof. Milena Radzikowska Department of Information Design, Mount Royal University

Nadija Rieser California Northstate University

Renee Robbins, Ph.D. Scientific Curation Lead, QIAGEN

Molly Rossow, Ph.D. Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

Dr. Kathryn Shirk Associate Professor of Physics, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania

Kate Sippel, DVM, DACVR Senior Medical Manager IDEXX

Dr. Kaitlin Stack Whitney Science, Technology & Society Department, CLA and Environmental Science Program, COS; Rochester Institute of Technology

Dr. Sara Tallarovic Staff Scientist, Vernier Software and Technology

Professor AnnMarie Thomas Schools of Engineering and Entrepreneurship, University of St. Thomas

Anna Turetsky, Ph.D. V.P at Lightstone Ventures

Dr. Sharda Umanath Assistant Professor of Psychology, Claremont McKenna College

Karina Manalo Wernecke Software Developer, McMaster-Carr

Dr. Kelly Weinersmith BioSciences, Rice University

Melissa Wilson Sayres, Ph.D. School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University

Cindy Wu Co-Founder, Experiment

* Advisory Board Co-chair

Special Thanks

We Proudly Sponsor DonorsChoose.org

Cards Against Humanity & the Science Ambassador Scholarship are proud sponsors of DonorsChoose.org. This year, we donated $3,000 to help fund STEM projects and field trips in classrooms around the country.

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