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History | Vol 25#2, Nov/Dec 2017
The National History Bee and Bowl (PDF) • The Hamilton Education Program • Exploring our legal legacy at CTY • The many rewards of re-enactment • Interning at New York’s oldest museum (PDF) • History in our DNA • Interview with archaeologist Glenn Schwartz (PDF) • Review of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina • National History Day • Cultivating resilience • Career Profile: Cybersecurity Analyst • Students Review University of Michigan (PDF)

Medicine & Health Sciences | Vol 25#1, Sept/Oct 2017
The Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge (PDF) • Health-related research projects by teens •Two summers of biology at CTY (PDF)• Member of the Future Doctor’s Club • Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen (PDF) • In-demand careers in the health sciences • Why I chose a BS/MD program (PDF) • Lifesaving advances in healthcare delivery  • Your digital footprint and your college admissions (PDF) • Review of Ellie Marney’s Every Breath • How artificial intelligence is changing medicine • Career Profile: Nurse anesthetist  • Students Review Yale University • Creative Minds poetry contest winners

Engineering | Vol 24#5, May/June 2017
FIRSTLEGO League (PDF) • Sensor-based research projects • Advanced Robotics at CTY (PDF) • Team America Rocketry Challenge • From competition to internship to college • NASA astronaut Stephanie Wilson (PDF) • Snapshots of engineering majors • The maker movement • Environmental engineering (PDF) • A mathematical approach to stabilizing drone flight • College options for engineering majors • Review of Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken • Career Profile: Energy engineer • Studying abroad as an engineering major • Students Review Carnegie Mellon University • Creative Minds Fiction Contest winners (PDF)

Performing Arts | Vol 24#4, March/April 2017
The National Youth Orchestra (PDF) • Interlochen Arts Academy (PDF) • Finding myself and my community on stage • Michael Aarons, Broadway musician and music coordinator (PDF) • An a cappella story • The benefits of competitive drama • My Kathak Journey (PDF) • A bass major on conservatory life • The Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale •  Depth over breadth in the performing arts • Conservatories: College for serious musicians (PDF) • Off-stage careers in the performing arts • Pursuing music in college • Review of Brian Falkner’s Brain Jack • Career Profile: Doctor of physical therapy • Applying to college as a music major • Students Review University of California, Berkeley

Biology | Vol 24#3, January/February 2017
Exploring veterinary medicine at Cornell • Saving an endangered species (PDF) • The USABO and IBO • Forging a path in synthetic biology • Award-winning biology projects • Six weeks at NYU’s Langone Medical Center • Citizen science • My life with birds (PDF) • MIT INSPIRE • Feng Zhang, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, MIT (PDF) • My internship at NIH (PDF) • Review of Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks • Career Profile: Biomedical engineer • Thinking outside the box • Finding a research internship • Students Review Boston University • Creative Minds essay contest winners​

Logic | Vol 24#2, November/December 2016
A brief history of logic • Logic at CTY (PDF) • Rutgers Young Scholars Program in Discrete Mathematics • Linguistics Olympiads (PDF) • Great puzzles and their creators • From debate to logic and back • The benefits of reasoning properly • Informal logic in the real world • Gillian Russell, Professor of Philosophy, UNC Chapel Hill (PDF) • Hacking the Hackathon (PDF) • Review of Ted Chiang’s Stories of Your Life and Others • Career Profile: Assistant U.S. Attorney • Choices and changes • Preparing for college in high school (PDF) • Students Review University of Chicago

Politics & International Relations | Vol 24#1, September/October 2016
 The U.S. Senate Youth Program (PDF) • International relations at CTY, CTD, and TIP (PDF) • My summer at a think tank • Boys Nation • Diplomat Jason Donovan • Transformation through debate • NBC Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel (PDF) • Model U.N. • Young people power (PDF) • OC Science • Review of Ha-Joon Chang’s Bad Samaritans • Career Profile: data scientist • Early college entrance • Preparing for college in middle school • Students Review Claremont McKenna College • Creative Minds poetry contest winners

Mind & Brain | Vol 23#5, May/June 2016
Philosophy and neuroscience at CTY (PDF) • The National Brain Bee (PDF) • My neuroscience internship • Optogenetics founder Karl Deisseroth (PDF) • Summer research at Rockefeller University • Prime time for brain science • Mind, media, and health • Grad students share their research • Review of Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant • Career Profile: neuropsychologist • Ten commandments for college success (PDF) • Making your dream school a reality (PDF) • Students Review New York University • Creative Minds fiction contest winners

Service & Leadership | Vol 23#4, Mar/Apr 2016

The Civic Leadership Institute at CTY and CTD  (PDF) • Initiatives by kids, for kids • Learning the art of the startup at MIT Launch (PDF) • Sharing the gifts of music • Senator Barbara Mikulski (PDF) • Funding causes that matter • Building a medical shadowing program for teens • The Brown Leadership Institute • Gap Year service programs • Making a difference for students in need • Review of Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See • Career Profile: entrepreneur • My college startup (PDF) • Skills and knowledge for college success • Students Review Lehigh University

Public Health | Vol 23#3, Jan/Feb 2016
 Studying History of Disease at CTY (PDF) • Teens target public health •  My summer of medicine •  Majoring in public health • CDC Director Tom Frieden (PDF) • Focus on antibiotic resistance • Addressing health disparities through service • Astrophysics at UCSC SIP • Girls Who Code (PDF) • Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Beth Marshall on teen health (PDF) • Disease Detective Camp at the CDC (PDF) • Review of Iris Chang's The Chinese in America • Career Profile: epidemiologist • My summer in limbo • Is medical school in your future? • Students Review Tufts University • Creative Minds Imagine essay contest winners

Exploring the Past | Vol 23#2, Nov/Dec 2015
Ken Burns on the power of history (PDF) • International History Olympiad • The Concord Review Summer Program (PDF) • Volunteering at the National Archives • Four graduate students share their research • Rubincam Youth Award for genealogy • National History Day (PDF) •  Summer at Crow Canyon (PDF) • Studying revolutions at Phillips Andover • The benefits of majoring in history • Review of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby Career Profile: archaeologist • Be your own priority • Choosing the best college for your major • Students Review  University of Washington

Robotics | Vol 23#1, Sept/Oct 2015
Electrical Engineering at CTY (PDF) • Turning Brainwaves into Action • Robotics in the Real World  My First FIRST (PDF)  Adventures in Botball  Destroying the Competition in Combat Robotics (PDF)  Born to Build  The Engineering Summer Academy at Penn  Music in the Woods: Six Weeks at Tanglewood (PDF)  Daniel H. Wilson, author of Robopocalypse and Robogenesis (PDF) • Review of Obert Sky's Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo • Interview with NASA robotics engineer Jaakko Karras • Express lessons in financial aid • Students Review Dartmouth College • Creative Minds Imagine poetry contest winners

The Energy Issue | Vol 22#5, May/June 2015

The Stockholm Junior Water Prize (PDF)  The PolluCell: Winner of the Discovery 3M Young Scientist Challenge (PDF)  The Solar Car Challenge (PDF)  The power of teen research • The Duke Energy Academy at Purdue (PDF)  Project TGIF: Helping the community and environment with biofuel (PDF) Sara Volz and the powerful potential of algae (PDF)  Five careers in green energy My Sanskirt Yaatra (PDF)  An internship with Until There's a Cure  Interview with green architect Andrew Thompson • Developing your passions--and representing them on your college application • Six things incoming college students should know • Students Review University of Pennsylvania • Creative Minds fiction contest winners

Writing | Vol 22#4, Mar/Apr 2015

The National Student Poets Program (PDF)  The Iowa Young Writers' Studio  Four young writers on getting it right  Fun ways to overcome writer's block • To self-publish or not to self-publish?  The joy (yes, joy) of critical writing • Interview with Junot Diaz (PDF)  Insights from four awesome summer writing programs • Finding my voice through the school paper (PDF)  Advanced Fiction at CTY (PDF)  The Boston Leadership Institute's Summer Program in Biological Research • Author Michael Chabon (PDF) • Interview with Vox features editor Eleanor Barkhorn (PDF) • An astrophysicist turned storyteller • Making a difference through community service • Students Review Wellesley College

Marine Science | Vol 22#3, Jan/Feb 2015

Studying whales and estuaries at CTY (PDF) • Student-powered solutions to marine environment challenges • Becoming a Teen Conservation Leader • UNH's Project SMART (PDF) • Four ways of studying the sea • The National Ocean Sciences Bowl (PDF) • The MATE International ROV Competition • The wonderful world of MOOCs • Super: An arts magazine for everyone (PDF) • Edith Widder, Ocean Research Conservation Association (PDF) • Review of Tobias Wolff's This Boy's Life  Career Profile: marine scientist • The perfect internship • The college admissions interview • Students Review UC San Diego • Creative Minds Imagine essay contest winners

Crossing Cultures | Vol 22#2, Nov/Dec 2014
A summer in Xian with NSLI-Y (PDF) •Fiddling through Ireland (PDF) •Embracing my heritage in India and at home (PDF)• Crossing cultures, past and present • Exploring the world from home •Sowing Seeds of Peace (PDF) •The National Geographic Bee(2014) •A student of the martial arts•Helping students discover science with Shooting STARs (PDF) •Engineers Without Borders Founder Bernard Amadei(PDF)• Career Profile: United Nations interpreter • The gift of the Peace Corps • Is early college entrance right for you? •Students Review Carleton College

Space Exploration | Vol 22#1, Sept/Oct 2014
Imaging the universe with cameras and telescopes (PDF) •CTY Astrophysics (PDF) •Exploring my future at Space Camp (PDF)•NASA's Orion mission (PDF) • The UCSC Science Internship Program • Award-winning astronomy research--by teens •The search for exoplanets and life beyond Earth•Four months at the Chewonki Semester School(PDF) •Space Telescope Science Institute Director Matt Mountain(PDF)• Career Profile: Aerospace Engineer • An engineer and a poet • Developing your social skills •Students Review Duke University• Creative Minds Imagine poetry contest winners

Art & Architecture | Vol 21#5, May/June 2014
The Future City Competition (PDF) •Cornell Summer Architecture Program (PDF) •The AIA High School Student Design Competition• Architecture for a changing climate • Behind the scenes at the Solar Decathlon•Art history in BU's summer college program•A showcase of work from summer programs in the visual arts•The art of web design•Rising to the Technovation challenge• Designer and architect Eran Chen (PDF)• Career Profile: Landscape Architect • On choosing art school for college • Navigating the competitive world of college admissions •Students Review Amherst University• Creative Minds Imagine fiction contest winners

Law & Forensic Science | Vol 21#3, Jan/Feb 2014
Teen Court, a Judicial Internship, and Criminal Trial & Advocacy at Duke TIP (PDF) • Princeton Moot Court • The Model UN Experience • Student Member of the Board of Education (PDF) • What Young Inventors Need to Know about Patents • Five Lawyers and the Careers They Love • Eugene Volokh, Founder of The Volokh Conspiracy (PDF) • Forensic Science at Syracuse Summer College (PDF) • Interview with Medical Examiner Dr. Jan Garavaglia (PDF) • A Field Intern at Alley Pond Environmental Center (PDF) • Balancing School and Sport • Career Profile: Digital Forensic Analyst • Students Review Columbia College • Creative Minds Imagine essay contest winners

The Power of Numbers | Vol 21#2, Nov/Dec 2013
Micro- and Macroeconomics at CTY (PDF) • The World in Numbers: Mathematical Models • Why Math Competitions Are about More than Math (PDF) • The Story of a Young Cryptographer • Contests for Math Lovers • The Lasting Benefits of Summer Programs (PDF) • Number Sense: Why Everyone Needs to be a Data Geek • Interview with Glen Whitney, Founder of MoMath (PDF) • College Rankings and College Choice • Career Profile: Actuary • Students Review the College of William & Mary

Storytelling | Vol 20#2, Nov/Dec 2012
Well of Dreams (PDF) • National History Day • Interview with novelist Ben H. Winters (PDF) • National Novel Writing Month • Japan Adventures ... in Manga • Blogs & New Kinds of Narratives • Interview with Mark Stencel, NPR's Managing Editor of Digital News • Postcards from Summer Writing Programs (PDF) • The Great Books Summer Program • ISEF Students Journey to CERN (PDF) • Taking Your Research Experience to the Next Level • Catherine Burns, Artistic Director of The Moth (PDF) • Career Profile: Blue Sky Studios Animator Richard Fournier • College Planning and Preparation in High School • Students Review Swarthmore College

Build It! | Vol 19#5, May/June 2012
The Architecture Institute at Duke TIP (PDF) •Two Weeks with Habitat for Humanity•The Rube Goldberg Machine Contest (PDF)•Improving Robotic Surgery with Haptics•The NASA Great Moonbuggy Race (PDF) • Building a Better Landmine Detector •The Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge•The Art and Science of Building a Xylophone (PDF) •Better Than Wikinotes: A Website by and for Students (PDF) •The Yale Ivy Scholars Program•Katrina Cottage Designer Marianne Cusato (PDF) • Career Profile: Electrical Engineer Yusuf Gurkaynak •Become a Polyglot•How to Find a Mentor•Students Review Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology•Fiction Contest Winners

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Philosophy | Vol 17#4, Mar/Apr 2010
Why Study Philosophy? • A Survey of Philosophy's Big Ideas over the Millennia • Philosophy of the Mind at CTY • The Wide World of Philosophy • What Does It Mean to "Do" Philosophy? • Philosophy & The Matrix • Harry Potter and Plato • Ethics Bowl • How to Start a Philosophy Club • Interview with Philosopher of Science Bas van Fraassen • Is It Still Cheating If I Don't Get Caught? • Career Profile: Epidemiologist Mark Parascandola • Students Review Davidson College • Winning Essays from the 2009 Kids Philosophy Slam 

Environmental Science | Vol 17#1, Sept/Oct 2009
Environmental Science: A Shifting Landscape • The Science of the Shore: NAGISA (PDF) • On the Speciation of Sea Slugs • Tracking Caterpillars with Earthwatch (PDF) • Bioluminescent Bacteria as Contamination Detectors (PDF) • Emerging Alternative Energy Technologies • Project Jatropha (PDF) • Student Conservation Association (PDF) • How Big is Your Water Footprint? • Danny Malkowski, Youth Climate Conferences (PDF) • Discovering Your Multiple Intelligences • Career Profile: Environmental Attorney Justin Augustine • Shaping My Future, A Semester at a Time • College Admissions & Your Online Image • Students Review Stanford University • 2009 Poetry Contest Winners

Beyond Planet Earth | Vol. 16 #2, Nov/Dec 2008
A Hubble Top 10 • Asteroid Detective (PDF) • The Planet Hunters (PDF) • Amateur Hour • Journey to the Innermost Planet (PDF) • Mapping Venus • Interview with Astronaut Peggy Whitson • Terraforming: Fact, Fiction, Future • Girls Helping Girls (PDF) • Astronomer Adam Riess, PhD (PDF)  Competitions: A Win/Win Situation • Be True to Your School--and Yourself • Career Profile: Photographer Cade Martin • Preparing for College in High School • Students Review Vassar College • Photography Contest Winners

The Green Issue | Vol. 15 #4, Mar/Apr 2008
Putting E-Waste in Its Place • How Bacteria Might Fuel the Future (PDF) • Taking on Global Warming at Power Shift 2007 (PDF) • What Does "Green" Mean? •Lessons Learned from Girl Scouting (PDF) • Swimming with Whale Sharks (PDF) • Ecological Immersion with EcoTeach • The International Linguistics Olympiad (PDF) • Alicia Smith, author of Plenty • Advice from Young Naturalists • Career Profile: Trial Attorney Whitney Pellegrino • Advanced Placement and I.B. Programs • Students Review Grinnell College • Illustration Contest Winners

The Art and Science of Sound |Vol. 15 #2, Nov/Dec 2007
The Reluctant Pianist (PDF) • Becoming Metal Kid (PDF) • The Making of a Carnatic Musician (PDF) • Cool New Sound-Based Science • Skywalker Sound's Randy Thom (PDF) • The Evolution of Musical Instruments • Solving the Mysteries of Echolocation • It's National Novel Writing Month! • Annie Gosfield, Composer and Musician (PDF) • Tips & Tricks for Mathletes • Harvard: My Best Fit • Career Profile: Nurse Anesthetist Kelly Wiltse • Finding Your Motivation Within • Photography Contest Winners • Students Review Olin College of Engineering

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Whether they are earning their degree for the first time or going back to school for a career change, women are attending college in numbers that out-number men in many academic fields. In the science fields, however, many women face the challenge of being in the minority in their classes. To better encourage women to enter and excel at these fields, a number of science grants and scholarships for women are available from private companies and individuals in the fields of biology, physical science, computer science and engineering.


Biologists play essential roles in our health care, zoos, conservation efforts and school settings. Women studying biology often go on to graduate study and research, which means their education can become quite expensive. Fortunately, there are a number of scholarships and grants for women studying biology or one of the related biological sciences.

1. Libbie H. Hyman Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship is given to one lucky undergraduate or graduate biology student each year. Awards range from $750 to $1000. Deadlines are usually in early March.

2. Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship: Awarded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, this scholarship shows preference to women and minorities who are studying sciences related to the ocean. This includes oceanography, maritime archeology and marine biology. Applications must be made through

3. Women Divers Hall of Fame Scholarships: These scholarships are given to women studying in a variety of fields, including marine biology and marine conservation. Awards range from $1000 to $2000 and are given to both undergraduates and graduate women. Interested applicants must complete an application form and an essay in order to apply. The Women Divers Hall of Fame awards multiple scholarships and a recipient must choose only one to apply for each year. More information can be found at their website or by emailing the Women Divers Hall of Fame at

4. The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Excellence in Science Scholarship: These awards are provided to women who have already completed their education and who have excelled in the field of biology. To be eligible, recipients must be able to prove that they have made significant contributions in areas of research, as well as in leadership and being a scientific mentor. They must also be a member of a society sponsored by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.

5. General Biology Scholarships: These scholarships are not targeted directly towards female applicants. Nonetheless, women can and should apply for them, not only to decrease their own financial burden, but to increase the visibility of women in scientific circles. These general biology scholarships include:

Physical Sciences

Physical science includes geologists, chemists, physicists and astronomers. Like biologists, women entering these fields often require many years of graduate study and can have quite a high educational bill. Fortunately, there are a number of scholarships and grants aimed at women entering the physical sciences.

1. Maria Goeppert Mayer Award: This grant gives $2,500 in award money, plus an additional $4,000 in travel funds so that the winner can give lectures in her fields at multiple educational institutions. The grant is designed to help female physicists in the early part of their career. To apply, an applicant must include a basic biography, a list of relevant publications of the applicant and at least two letters supporting the application.

2. Fellowships in Physical Science by The National Physical Science Consortium: These fellowships are designed to increase the diversity of the physical sciences field, which means that they are aimed towards women and minorities. To be eligible, students should have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and be already enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program. Acceptable fields of study include math, chemistry, geology, computer science and astronomy.

3. The M. Hildred Blewett Scholarship: This scholarship is given to women in the field of physics who have completed work towards a doctorate degree, but who put their career on hold for their family. The scholarship provides monetary resources for those women to resume their research. To qualify, the women must be legal resident or alien of the United States or Canada. Applicants must also be associated with an active lab or research institution.

4. The Katherine E. Weimer Scholarship: Awarded to female physicists specializing in plasma research, this award is given to women who are in the early stages of their careers. The award itself provides $2,000 for research, in addition to travel funds to enable the physicist to give lectures that are required as part of this scholarship. Deadlines for applications are April 1, and applicants must provide a complete biography of themselves and their most relevant publications in order to be considered.

5. The Priscilla Carney Jones Scholarship: Taking into consideration both need and merit, the minimum for this award is $1,500. The scholarship gives funding for women who are in their junior or senior year of studying chemistry or a related field. Pre-med majors are not eligible for this award. Applicants must be enrolled full-time and have a minimum GPA of at least 3.25. The deadline is May 1.

6. Association for Women Geoscientists Minority Scholarship: The Association provides multiple awards of varying amounts to minority women studying in the geoscience field. The deadline is June 30. Qualifications include:

  • African-America, Native American or Hispanic heritage.
  • Full time enrollment in geology, geochemistry, earth science education, physical oceanography, geophysics, meteorology, planetary geology or hydrology programs.
  • Demonstration of contribution to the community both academically and personally.

7. General physical science scholarships: These scholarships are not directed towards women studying the physical sciences. But they are open to anyone in the field, and women are highly encouraged to apply. They include, but are not limited to the following:

Computer Science

Women entering the field of computer science can look forward to a financially rewarding career. Every sector of society, from fast food to the federal government, requires the services of computers and having competent computer scientists is necessary to make businesses run smoothly. But before gaining employment in this industry, students have to pay the educational bills and these scholarships can help with that.

1. Association for Women in Mathematics: The association grants a variety of scholarships for travel, education and research. Depending on the type of education a woman is pursuing in computer science, she may qualify for these grants.

2. Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship and the The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship: Europe, the Middle East and Africa Scholarship: Both awards are given to women who are currently enrolled in programs related to technology field. Applicants should also display a strong love of leadership. In addition to the varying amounts of monetary funding, students who receive the Anita Borg Memorial Scholarships are invited to attend a Google retreat that allows them to network with their peers.

3. The Vanguard Women in Information Technology Scholarship: The Vanguard program gives merit awards to female students in any computer field related to Information Technology. The scholarships are in various amounts up to $10,000 and open to undergraduate students in their junior or senior year of college.

4. Michigan Council of Women in Technology: The foundation that awards these scholarships gives a number of awards to high school seniors and undergraduate college students. To qualify, women must be actively pursuing a career in a technology related field. Awards range between $15,000 to $20,000 and can be used towards research, lab fees and travel.

5. General Computer Science Scholarships:

  • AFFIRM Student Scholarship: This scholarship offers funding to students studying at University of Maryland and Syracuse University who are pursuing careers in the IT industry.
  • HP Scholar program: These scholarships offer funding to minority undergraduate students pursuing degrees in computer sciences or related academic fields.


Women are definitely unrepresented in the engineering field. Many of these scholarships try to address that inequality by offering financial assistance to women pursuing an engineering degree.

1. Society of Automotive Engineers Women Engineers Scholarship: These scholarships provide $2,000 to freshman engineering students. To qualify, applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.0.

2. Lucile B. Kaufman Women’s Scholarship: Recipients of this scholarship must be full-time undergraduate women who have completed at least 30 semester credits in an engineering field related to manufacturing in an accredited college or university in the United States. Applicants also need to have a GPA of at least 3.0.

3. Alpha Omega Epsilon Scholarships: Multiple scholarships offered by Alpha Omega Epsilon are awarded to women studying in engineering or related fields. The GPA requirements vary, depending upon which award the woman qualifies for.

4. YouthForce 2020 Scholarship: These New York scholarships award $8,000 to graduating high school seniors preparing to study in an engineering field related to construction, including electrical, mechanical, civil or occupational engineering. The goal of the program is to encourage both women and minorities to enter the engineering workforce. To qualify, applicants must have at least a B- average, SAT scores of at least 1600 and be accepted into an engineering department. The award is renewable and the student must have at least a 2.8 GPA to continue to receive the award.

5. Judith McManus Price Scholarship: Both women and minority undergraduates planning on becoming public planners are eligible for these awards. The funding ranges between $2,000 to $4,000. To qualify, students must either be enrolled or have officially acceptance from a school which is accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board. Since the award is need based, the students should be able to demonstrate why they need the funding.

General engineering scholarships: These scholarships are open to anyone pursuing an education in engineering. While not aimed specifically towards women, they may be helpful in helping a woman majoring in engineering fund her education.

  • Tau Beta Pi Scholarships: This scholarship provides support of $1,000 to $2,000 to undergraduate engineering majors.
  • ASHRAE Alwin B Newton Scholarship: This scholarship grants funding to undergraduates receiving training in engineering fields related to heating, air conditioning, refrigeration and ventilation.

General Science Scholarships

A number of scholarships do not specify a certain scientific field or are open to multiple scientific fields of study. This makes these scholarships useful to a number of women trying to fund their science education. But although the scholarships and grants include a variety of sciences, they do come with other specific requirements.

1. The Jeannette Rankin Foundation Scholarships: These scholarships are awarded to low-income woman studying in technical or vocational fields. To qualify, students must be at least 35 years old and pursuing their first associate or bachelor’s degree. Students must also be U.S. citizens. Applications open for the Jeannette Rankin Foundation Scholarships on November 1 and close in February.

2. Society of Women Engineers Scholarships: The SWE grant program benefits women studying in engineering, computer science or engineering technology. To qualify, women must be already admitted to undergraduate or graduate programs which have been accredited by the ABET/CSAB.

3. The Ford Foundation’s Pre-doctoral Fellowship for Minorities: The Ford Foundation provides scholarships to any students studying in any field of engineering, math or science. However, recipients who are women or minorities are especially encouraged to apply. Recipients of the fellowship receive a $20,000 annual stipend.

4. Women in Engineering and Computer and Information Science: These programs are awarded through the National Science Foundation. They are reserved for women in graduate fields of math, computer science, engineering or science.

5. Sigma Delta Epsilon’s Graduate Women in Science: The Sigma Delta Epsilon grants seek to further the role of women in scientific research in any of the natural sciences. To meet this goal, they award a variety of annual fellowships in amounts up to $10,000. Considerations for this fellowship include:

  • Membership in Sigma Delta Epsilon is not required, but it is highly encouraged.
  • The fellowships are given for one year and are not renewable.
  • Eligible women will already have at least a bachelor’s degree and should have a demonstrated history of conducting scientific research.
  • A progress report is due at the end of the fellowship.

6. Clare Boothe Luce Program Scholarships: At least fifty percent of the annual scholarships are awarded to students studying at colleges or universities affiliated with the Catholic Church. The original goal of the Clare Boothe Luce Program was to encourage women to enter and teach in the fields of science, math and engineering. To meet that goal, the scholarship program supplies money to the following:

  • Undergraduate women studying in the science, math and engineering fields.
  • Graduate women and those in need of post-doctoral fellowships.
  • Tenure track professors in the science, math and engineering fields.

7. The Association for Women in Science College Scholarship: Each year, this scholarship awards up to $1000 to freshmen women majoring in the sciences.

8. Women’s Environmental Council: This scholarship seeks to help women who are studying in preparation for careers related to the environment. Fields of study can include biology, forestry, chemistry, or any environmental science, including engineering. Women interested must have at least a 3.0 GPA. Scholarships are given to undergraduates and graduate students.

9. The Microsoft Research Graduate Women’s Scholarship: This scholarship is a little different than other scholarships, because the department has to be the one to nominate the woman for the scholarship. The award includes $15,000 for academic study and $2,000 for travel. These awards are not renewable and are given to women in graduate programs for computer science, electrical engineering or mathematical fields.

10. Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation Scholarships: These programs are not geared exclusively towards women, but they are an excellent way to not only secure a full scholarship, but to gain post-graduate employment as well. These scholarships cover areas of science ranging from biology and chemistry to behavior sciences. Scholarships are open to both undergraduates and graduate students.

11. Center for Women & Information Technology Scholarship Program: This program aims to help women fund their education, but also seeks to go above and beyond the goal of many scholarships. This program also wants to help address the role of women’s needs within the computer and information fields. These scholarships are given to high school seniors who plan to attend University of Maryland Baltimore County. They are a full scholarship that will cover the student for all four years of their undergraduate study. Eligible fields of study include computer science, chemical engineering, biological engineering, computer information systems and mechanical engineering.

12. AT&T Labs Fellowship Program: This three year fellowship offers funding to a senior undergraduate or a student in their first two years of undergraduate study. The fellowship provides funds for both women and minority students who are working towards their doctorate degree in computer, math or engineering fields.

Other Places to Look for Science Funding

Once accepted to a college or university science program, the female undergraduate student should check with their department and their financial aid office. Many colleges and universities have scholarships and grants aimed at both women and students studying science. Qualifications will vary, and the department and financial aid office will be able offer guidance on the application instructions.

Another source for funding may come towards scholarships directed towards minorities studying science. Women who are racial minorities may be able to help fund their education through grants and scholarships designed towards their racial or ethnic heritage. Typically, women of Latina, Asian, African-American and Native American heritage can apply for minority scholarships and grants to help fund their education.

Single mothers may also be able to qualify for awards based on their status as a single mom. These type of scholarships are usually based on the mother’s financial need. They may also have a loan repayment system to help single mothers who have taken out student loans and do not have the financial ability to repay those loans. These types of scholarships and loans typically focus on women who are returning to school after years of being away.

For women who have had the misfortune to be victims of domestic abuse, the Women’s Independence Scholarship, offered by the Sunshine Lady Foundation, may help fund your scientific education. As with single mom scholarships, these types of loans may require the recipient to be returning to school after several years of having their education interrupted.

Additionally, sources such as the International Federation of University Women Scholarships or American Association of University Women Fellowships and Grants offer scholarships for women engaged in research fields. These may not be directly related to the study of science, but participating and winning these awards helps boost the visibility of women in science, while simultaneously helping fund educational pursuits.

Pursuing an education in the sciences can be a rewarding career for any woman. They will often be in the minority amongs their male peers and the educational requirements to obtain the careers they desire can involve many years of undergraduate and graduate study. While challenges will remain in these male-dominated fields, expenses related to obtaining an education doesn’t need to be one of them.


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