What is Science-A-Thon?
Celebration of science and scientists, promoting role models and diversity
Showcase for the wide range of careers relevant to STEM education
Platform for students to learn about STEM opportunities from research to business, technology to education, and more!
Science-A-Thon is a five-day social media celebration of science, engineering, technology, 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.
From October 12-16, 2020, participants will share their #dayofscience, posting photos and videos on social media of their daily routine. With nearly 13,000 followers on social media and growing, Science-A-Thon has received over 5 million impressions and archived more than 6,000 posts from around the world. Over the years, this event has raised upwards of $70,000 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!
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. Each day of the week will have an optional focus based on fields in and around STEM. Have an idea of a theme you'd like to see? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to share your thoughts with us!
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 2020 will support current and future initiatives of Science-A-Thon and ESWN.
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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.
The most recent Science-A-Thon, 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 out there 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!
With Science-A-Thon 2020 just around the corner, we look forward to growing this year’s event to welcome our new audience. Funds raised from Science-A-Thon 2020 registration 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
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.
Michelle Yun is a senior attorney at Alliant Energy – one of Science-A-Thon's sponsors! 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 all!
Andy Wentland is a senior quantitative analyst in the sales finance department at Twitter. He is looking forward to expanding the social media impact of Science-A-Thon so that this year’s celebration of science can be the biggest yet!
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 is striving to connect people across the world through science!
Matilyn Bindl is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the current Science-A-Thon coordinator and web designer. Her goal is to shine a spotlight on the amazing scientists that are changing the world every day!
Allie Barringer is a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and our Science-A-Thon social media co-manager. She specializes in sharing the voices of hundreds of scientists on Instagram!
Clara Jackson is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and our Science-A-Thon social media co-manager. She specializes in sharing the voices of hundreds of scientists on Twitter!
Colleen Schmit keeps track of the finances of Science-A-Thon and the Earth Science Women's Network (ESWN). She has been involved with ESWN since 2014 and appreciates how Science-A-Thon shares fascinating perspectives from a wide variety of scientists!