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How Your Organization Can Play a Part in NSF50

NSF warmly welcomes participation by schools, museums, media, professional associations, and other non-profit and private-sector organizations in the celebration of its first 50 years. You’ll find some ideas below; for more information, please write to NSF50 Coordinator, OLPA, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230 or email at

Sponsor a symposium or symposia on topics related to the science and/or engineering behind your organization’s products or its field and noting the relationship between NSF and your organization.

Underwrite or sponsor a lecture or lecture series focusing on the contributions of science and technology to society. Consider co-sponsoring the event with your local or regional science museum or technology center.

Publish articles or newsletters highlighting the ways your organization and the constituencies it serves have benefited from scientific and technological advances over the past several decades.

Encourage employees to take time this year to learn something new, in celebration of NSF50. In the spirit of the basic research that lies at the heart of so much of NSF’s work, let the learning be open-ended. The practical results may surprise you.

Invite science and math students to visit your organization to learn about your role in helping the Nation develop its science and technology capacity.

We ask that all activities be planned and conducted in the spirit of NSF50: to engage all Americans in understanding and appreciating the critical role science, math, and technology have in shaping and improving our daily lives.