Public Can Help Send Free American Scientist Subscriptions to High Schools

November-December 2019 American Scientist CoverSigma Xi is asking its membership and the public for help to send free, one-year subscriptions of its magazine, American Scientist, to 1,300 high schools! 

What Is American Scientist?

The award-winning magazine American Scientist  is an illustrated bi-monthly publication (six issues per year) about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. It has been published by Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society since 1913. It is written by researchers. 

Which Schools Are Eligible?

High schools are eligible if they are located in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. 

These state have faced laws or proposals that would negatively influence how science is taught in the classroom. Learn more about proposed changes to science education.

It is part of Sigma Xi's mission to promote the public understanding of science. The Society is giving subscriptions of American Scientist to high schools to provide a credible source of scientific information in classrooms. 

How to Help

1. Donate to Sigma Xi's Fundraiser

This program is paid for with public donations. Please consider making a gift to protect science education in schools. Donate now! 
Last year, science supporters generously came together for Giving Tuesday by raising more than $15,000 for this project! The money that was raised covered the magazine costs and mailing fees for 650 high schools. We're trying to double the number of schools that receive American Scientist with the 2019 fundraiser by raising $30,000 by the end of the day on Giving Tuesday, December 3, 2019! If the fundraiser surpasses that goal, the extra money will be used to send subscriptions to more schools. 

2. Nominate Schools

Any teacher, school administrator, parent, or resident can request a subscription for a school. The public is able to recommend as many schools as they wish. In fact, bulk lists were welcome.  Nominate schools now! 

If more school recommendations are received than the fundraiser results allow for, priority will be granted to public or charter schools that are in under-resourced areas or that serve students from groups that are underrepresented in science professions. 

What Is Asked of the Schools That Receive American Scientist?

Schools will receive a print subscription of American Scientist magazine for one year free of charge with a non required request that they share stories and photos with Sigma Xi of how the magazine was used. The subscription will not automatically renew. Sigma Xi plans to continue raising money each year to keep the subscriptions free for as many schools as possible. 

Updated on 10/18/19

More about Sigma Xi: Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society is the world’s largest multidisciplinary honor society for scientists and engineers. Its mission is to enhance the health of the research enterprise, foster integrity in science and engineering, and promote the public understanding of science for the purpose of improving the human condition. Sigma Xi chapters can be found at colleges and universities, government laboratories, and industry research centers around the world. More than 200 Nobel Prize winners have been members. The Society is based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. On Twitter: @SigmaXiSociety.