Public Requested Free American Scientist Subscriptions for High Schools

School recommendations have been collected for the 2018–2019 Giving Tuesday campaign. Thank you for everyone's recommendations. 


American Scientist July August 2018CoverSigma Xi asked its membership and the public for help in identifying approximately 650 high schools to receive a free, one-year subscription to its magazine, American Scientist. 

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?

Schools qualify if they are located in a state that has faced laws or proposals that would negatively influence how science is taught in the classroom.

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

More than 650 recommendations were received so priority was granted to public or charter schools that are in under-resourced areas or that serve students from groups that are underrepresented in science professions. 

Who Could Request Subscriptions and How Many Could One Request?

Any teacher, school administrator, parent, or resident could request a subscription for a school. Sigma Xi membership is not required. The public was able to recommend as many schools as they wished. In fact, bulk lists were welcome!  

What Will Be 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. At the end of the one-year subscription, the school will be invited to pay to continue the subscription; it will not automatically renew. Sigma Xi plans to raise more money next year to keep the subscriptions free for as many schools as possible. 

Who Is Paying for the Magazines?

Science supporters generously came together for Giving Tuesday 2018 by raising more than $14,000 for this project! Sigma Xi's original goal was $5,000. The money that was raised is covering the cost of the magazines and mailing fees. 

Updated on 1/7/19


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.