The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) recognizes the importance of promoting science to the general community, but effective science outreach sometimes requires funding. Through the efforts of the Committee for Postdocs and Students (COMPASS), ASCB members can apply for COMPASS Outreach Grants of up to $1,000 to promote their creative science outreach projects. Funding innovative projects that advocate awareness and understanding will increase the public’s exposure to science, technology, engineering, and math, otherwise referred to as STEM.
Previous award winners have used their COMPASS Outreach Grant funding to launch a variety of programs. Some have created hands-on science learning opportunities for children of all ages, “TED talk” type events, science and art collaborations, and science festivals. Others have established science booths at their neighborhood farmer’s markets or organized a local March for Science. The possibilities are endless on the type of projects that can be created to communicate and spark interest in STEM. ASCB believes that scientists have many ideas on how to disseminate scientific knowledge and engage the public and is excited to fund these projects
If you have been thinking of a program or project to help your community learn more about what you do in the lab or the importance of STEM, apply for an ASCB COMPASS Outreach Grant today. The next deadlines are May 31, 2019, and August 16, 2019. Click here for more information and to apply.
Read about some recent projects funded by COMPASS Outreach Grants:
Spotlight: COMPASS Outreach Grant recipients (Spring 2017)
About the Author:
Ashanti Edwards is ASCB's Director of Professional Development.