To contribute to improvements in STEM infrastructure and performance in developing countries, and for underserved groups, as a means for social advancement.
SOSA was started in 2011 by young scientists with a mission to contribute to the growth of developing nations in the Caribbean by promoting advances in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM). One central goal is to participate in improving the STEM output of developing countries to support their growth as formidable research communities. With a long history of community service and a passion for developing the talents of the next generation, the founding partners were motivated to find like-minded individuals with varied skill sets. Having generated an large volunteer network, we have since expanded to serve historically underrepresented and underserved groups in STEM.
Therefore, we use diverse methods to achieve our objectives. These include organizing and hosting scientific and career development workshops for trainees; holding conferences to display potential and untapped resources to the international community; implementing internship and training opportunities for students; promoting technology sharing; and fostering the spirit of community service in budding scientists.
- Support training of young scientists including facilitating international opportunities and internships, as well as organizing workshops and conferences.
- Expose youngsters to science as a means to come up with innovative solutions to problems.
- Host sessions for junior university and/or senior high school students about career possibilities for scientists.
- Development of a searchable database and network of scientists who are interested in volunteerism. Such a resource will facilitate collaborations and serve as a means for recognition of progress.
- Improve scientific prowess of underrepresented scientists by facilitating the development of beneficial relationships and collaborations with scientists located in various regions.
- Participate in the improvement of policies that currently impede scientific advancement.