On April 14, concerned citizens worldwide will participate in the 2018 March for Science. This event celebrates the impact science has on our everyday lives, and serves as a source of inspiration for the next generation of scientists and engineers. Regardless of politics, it is important for everyone to unite in support of scientific research, STEM education, and equal access to science.
Can’t attend the march? Not to worry! Here are some other ways you can support science.
Interested in the latest breakthroughs in STEM? Want to support the work of scientists and engineers? Check out the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society, and a leading publisher of cutting-edge research. Membership is open to all who believe science, technology, engineering, and mathematics can change the world for the better. Learn more about what AAAS has to offer.
Help Fund Research
Scientists can’t get very far with their research unless they have funding. Help them continue their work by donating to a scientific organization of your choice. You might want to check out the Natural Resources Defense Council (NDRC), a nonprofit organization that conducts research on the environment and promotes sustainable policies. You can search for other science-related nonprofits at Charity Navigator.
Become a Mentor
Help the next generation of scientists sharpen their skills and further their careers. Seize the opportunity to join a mentorship program. Check out MentorNet, which connects mentors with STEM students across the nation. There’s also TechWomen, an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, which offers a mentorship program to women across the globe.
Finally, you can also take part in mentorship opportunities at the Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC), such as becoming a mentor for our annual Open Source Day. We will post more information about GHC Volunteer Opportunities later, so be sure to check our website often!
Visit a Science Museum
Museums are great places for the public to learn about new scientific discoveries, but they cannot run without your support. Visit a science center near you, and be sure to make a donation. Want to get even more involved? You can also help by volunteering at your local science center.
Join Our Community
Looking for ways to network with other people in STEM fields? The AnitaB.org Community connects technologists around the world and within their local areas. Members provide one another with support and resources to navigate careers in tech. They also have the opportunity to attend local, in-person events such as workshops and meetups.
Be sure to also check out Systers, our private, safe online forum founded by Anita Borg herself. Systers is open to all women involved in technical aspects of computing. Our members gain support by networking, sharing advice and experiences, and collaborating on various projects.
Do you have other ideas on how to support science? Tweet us at @anitab_org.