About Science-A-Thon

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Our Mission

Celebrate science and scientists

Promote role models and diversity

Showcase a wide range of careers relevant to STEM education

Provide a platform for students to learn about STEM opportunities — from research to business, from technology to education, and more!

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What Is Science-A-Thon?

Science-A-Thon is a five-day social media celebration of science, technology, engineering, and math – widely known as STEM! The goal of Science-A-Thon is to increase visibility of science and the important role it plays in the world. Anyone who advances scientific knowledge or applies science to solve problems is welcome to participate – from mathematicians and engineers, to doctors and industry researchers and developers. You must be 18 years or older to register.​

Celebrating Science

Each year during the third week of October, participants share their #dayofscience, posting photos and videos on social media of their daily routine as STEM professionals.

 

Participants are encouraged to engage in whatever way fits their goals and schedule – whether that means sharing 12 photos over 12 hours, sharing a few photos a day, or sharing lots of photos in a single day.​

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Making an Impact

With more than 31,000 followers on social media and counting, Science-A-Thon has received over 19.2 million tweet impressions and archived more than 12,000 posts from around the world.

 

Over the years, this event has raised upwards of $75,000 for some of the most high-impact organizations supporting science diversity, including the Earth Science Women’s Network (ESWN), the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), and Girls Who Code.

Supporting the Scientists of Tomorrow

This annual event is a project of the Earth Science Women’s Network (ESWN), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to uplifting the scientists of today and welcoming the scientists of tomorrow. All donations made to Science-A-Thon are fully tax-deductible. Funds raised from Science-A-Thon will support current and future initiatives of Science-A-Thon and ESWN.​

Questions? Please visit our FAQ page or contact info@scienceathon.org for more information.

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The Science-A-Thon Story

Science-A-Thon began as an initiative of the Earth Science Women’s Network (ESWN) to connect scientists and science enthusiasts through social media. Since then, this movement has taken off on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to become an annual celebration of STEM around the world. In support of the broader mission of ESWN, Science-A-Thon is designed to lift up the scientists of today and welcome the scientists of tomorrow.

 

Science-A-Thon began in July 2017 as a one-day celebration of science, attracting more than 150 participants and making its mark as a trending topic on social media. The success of 2017 inspired the five-day structure of Science-A-Thon 2018, which was shifted to the third week in October to better connect with students and teachers. This week-long social media marathon featured daily themes in and around science, with participants posting their #dayofscience on the day that best matched their interests. By the end of the week, Science-A-Thon had nearly doubled its number of participants.

 

Science-A-Thon 2019, which took place from October 14-18, 2019, was the biggest and most successful celebration of science yet. As a salute to all of the nonprofit organizations working hard to support women and minorities in STEM, Science-A-Thon donated all of the proceeds from our peer-to-peer fundraising initiative (totaling over $15,000) to three deserving partner charities: the Earth Science Women’s Network (ESWN), the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), and Girls Who Code. In addition to experiencing the power of giving, Science-A-Thon 2019 welcomed over 300 participants, with many more following along on social media. Thanks in large part to the generosity of the “Twitter for Good” campaign, the Science-A-Thon Twitter account gained over 11,000 new followers in less than five days!

In a year of unexpected twists and turns, Science-A-Thon 2020 brought a spark of positivity to an otherwise challenging time. From October 12-16, 2020, over 200 participants around the world shared their #dayofscience from the comfort of their own homes. Posts featured everything from morning cups of coffee, to creative work-from-home office spaces, to furry four-legged co-workers, to Science-A-Thon’s signature “I Heart Science” t-shirts. In just under a week, Science-A-Thon increased its Twitter following from 12,000 to over 31,000 followers! This virtual celebration of science garnered over 3.7 million tweet impressions during the week of the event — including over 7,000 profile visits, 26,200 likes, and more than 12,000 retweets.

 

With Science-A-Thon 2021 just around the corner, we look forward to growing this year’s event to welcome our new audience. Funds raised from Science-A-Thon will support current and future initiatives of Science-A-Thon and ESWN, including profiling women in science, providing critical infrastructure, supporting skills workshops, expanding job-finding resources, and encouraging college students to pursue STEM.

 

 

Meet the Science-A-Thon Leadership Team

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Tracey Holloway
 
Science-A-Thon Chair

Tracey Holloway is a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, jointly appointed in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Department of Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences. She wears a lot of hats – including leader of Science-A-Thon! Tracey also leads the NASA Health and Air Quality Applied Science Team (HAQAST), and outreach for the UW-Madison Energy Analysis and Policy Program. One of her greatest accomplishments is having co-founded and served as the first president of the Earth Science Women’s Network (ESWN) – the parent organization of Science-A-Thon.

Andy
Wentland

About Andy >

Andy Wentland is an analytics manager at Twitter. Prior to Twitter, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and worked in atmospheric modeling in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is looking forward to continuing to expand the social media impact of Science-A-Thon and helping to highlight the different paths graduates of STEM can take.

Leadership Committee

Matilyn
Bindl

About Mattie >

Mattie Bindl is a PhD student in the Nelson Institute Environment & Resources program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the current Science-A-Thon program coordinator and website designer. Her goal is to shine a spotlight on all of the incredible scientists that are transforming the world every day!

Program Coordinator

Clara
Jackson

About Clara >

Clara Jackson is a MS student in the Nelson Institute Environment & Resources program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Science-A-Thon social media manager. She specializes in sharing the voices of hundreds of scientists across the globe through their #dayofscience on Twitter!

Social Media Manager

Olivia
Sanderfoot

About Olivia >

Olivia Sanderfoot is an ecologist at the University of Washington School of Environmental & Forest Sciences where she studies how wildfire smoke and urban air pollution impact birds. She loves teaching and science communication, and she is excited to help celebrate the research, innovation, and discovery of women in STEM during Science-A-Thon!

Social Media Manager

Maggi
Hilgers

About Maggi >

Maggi Hilgers is a personal trainer in Madison, WI. Her interest in anatomy and the inner workings of the human body allows her to incorporate science into her training and everyday life. She is excited to be amplifying the voice of Science-A-Thon participants through social media!

Social Media Manager

... and thanks to our many volunteers! If you are interested in becoming a Science-A-Thon volunteer, visit our Participate page for more information.

Former Leadership Team Members

Michelle
Yun

About Michelle >

Michelle Yun is a senior attorney at Alliant Energy – one of the sponsors of Science-A-Thon! She was an engineer before she went to law school, and considers herself an engineer first.  Michelle is passionate about making STEM engaging and accessible for everyone!

Former Leadership Committee Member

Jennifer
Fehrenbacher

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Jennifer Fehrenbacher is an assistant professor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. As an avid traveler and foram enthusiast, she strives to connect people across the world through science!

Former Leadership Committee Member

Rachel
Licker

About Rachel >

Rachel Licker is a senior climate scientist with the Climate & Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. In her role, Rachel communicates climate science to policymakers, the public, and the media.

Former Leadership Committee Member

Colleen
Schmit

About Colleen >

Colleen Schmit has been involved with ESWN since 2014 and appreciates how Science-A-Thon shares fascinating perspectives from a wide variety of scientists! During her time with Science-A-Thon, Colleen kept track of the finances of Science-A-Thon and the Earth Science Women's Network (ESWN).

Former Accounts

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