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Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism (NECSS) Student Sponsorship Program

Posted on Monday, February 27, 2012 by for Extra Credit.

The Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism (abbreviated NECSS and pronounced "nexus") is an educational conference held annually in New York City. As its name suggests, NECSS explores the intersection of science, skepticism, the media, and society for the purpose of promoting a more rational world. This year’s conference will be held on Saturday and Sunday, April 20th and 21st from 10 AM to 6 PM. Presenters include a diverse group of magicians, scientists, journalists, entrepreneurs, futurists, philosophers, artists, and paranormal investigators. The highlight of every conference has always been a live taping of the Skeptics Guide to the Universe podcast.

The NECSS Student Sponsorship Program provides an opportunity for select high school, college, and graduate students to receive free admission to one or both days of the NECSS conference. To be considered for the NECSS Student Sponsorship Program, applicants must submit the application form and meet the following guidelines:

  1. Applicants must be between 16-24 years of age and currently attend high school, college, or graduate school.
  2. All students must be able to travel to New York City and cover their own room and board (scholarships include the price of conference registration only). Not a problem, since we all live in New York City.
  3. Students under 18 years of age must be accompanied at the conference by a parent or legal guardian (parent/guardians must pay for their own conference registration). I will be attending this year’s conference and the organizers have told me that teachers can serve as guardians.
  4. Applicants should have a passion for science/skepticism and must submit a short essay addressing one of the following two topics:
    1. What scientific or skeptical issue are you most passionate about and why?
    2. What scientific or skeptical person inspires you the most and why?
  5. Essays are limited to 250 words or less and must be written in English.

The deadline for submissions is midnight EST on Monday, March 12, 2012.