The Science Ambassador Scholarship

A full–tuition scholarship for a woman in science, technology, engineering, or math.
Funded by Cards Against Humanity. Applications for the 2023 academic year open this fall.

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

Congratulations to Fiona, our 2022 Winner

Fiona is a college sophomore at Amherst College studying Geology and Math. Here's the moment we told her she won:

Fiona is our seventh Science Ambassador. Read about our previous winners here.

How does it feel to be the Science Ambassador?
I feel so delighted to have been chosen by this panel of supremely successful and inspiring women. I can't wait to use this platform to share my passion for geology, shining some light onto the forgotten member of the STEM family. Because — yes, it's true — geology rocks! Get ready for many more rock puns.

What are your future plans? Where do you see yourself after graduation?
I plan to pursue a career tied to repairing our relationship with the environment and its creatures. Maybe scientific journalism, or environmental law. Another possibility is working in museums. I fell in love with my job at my college's natural history museum; giving tours, learning about fossils, and interacting with curious people is a big source of joy for me.


Runners–Up

We also award tuition stipends to our runners-up. You can watch their videos here.

Kavya $5,000 Kavya's video
Mia $2,500 Mia's video
Yiling $1,000 Yiling's video
Jenna $1,000 Jenna's video

How To Apply This Fall

Applications for the 2023 academic year open this fall. 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 2023 and will move onto the next round to submit additional materials. A winner will be announced in April 2023.

Frequently Asked Questions


When can I apply?

Applications open fall 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.

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.

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 seven 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

Buy the Science Pack

Meet the Judges

Advisory Board Co-Chairs

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

Erin Diel, PhD Image Application Specialist, Glencoe Software

Kayt Havens, MD Medical College of Wisconsin

Jen Indovina, CEO Tenrehte Technologies, Inc.

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

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

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

Prof. Sarah Cannon Department of Mathematical Sciences, Claremont McKenna College

Lisa Carter-Harris, PhD, APRN, ANP-C, FAAN Associate Research Director, Tobacco Research, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Elena Chartoff, PhD Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Amanda Childers, PhD Research Scientist, Honeywell Aerospace

Emily Davenport Department of Biology, Penn State University

Natalie Davidson Postdoctoral Fellow at CU Anschutz

Dr. Camille S. Delavaux Post-Doctoral Researcher, Department of Environmental Systems Science, ETH Zurich

Dr. Melody Di Bona, PhD Research Fellow, Radiation Oncology/Human Oncology and Pathogenesis Program, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Dr. Y. Frances Fei Obstetrics and Gynecology, Nationwide Children's Hospital, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

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

Paula Hock, PhD Lead Operations Analyst, Lumen

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

Nirupama Nishtala, PhD Associate Research Program Manager, Regeneron Genetics Center

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

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

Ali Rosenberg, PhD Rosenberg Scientific Consulting

Dr. Molly Rossow Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

Kate Sippel, DVM, DACVR

Catherine Situma PhD, CSP Risk Management and Safety, Auburn University

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

Kathleen Vincent, PhD Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care, and Pain Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr. Valerie Were Social and Behavioral Science Analyst, Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere, Colorado State University

Karina Wernecke Software Engineering Manager, McMaster-Carr

Melissa Wilson Associate Professor of Genomics, Evolution, and Bioinformatics

Dr. Kaitlin Stack Whitney Rochester Institute of Technology