Ambassador Advocate Application

STEP UP is a national community of physics teachers, researchers and professional societies. We design high school physics lessons to empower teachers, create cultural change, and inspire young women to pursue physics in college.

Goal: STEP UP Advocates will be physics teachers working directly in their classrooms to inspire young women to pursue physics. Selected teachers will join a cohort of 200+ teachers, and will be supported by STEP UP Ambassador Leads as they learn about equity best practices and the STEP UP lessons. They will be on the front lines of shifting gender equity in physics and will provide critical feedback to STEP UP about the lessons and the impact in their classrooms.

Eligibility: Accepted teachers must teach at least 2 sections of high school physics (2021-2022 academic year).* A total of 200 teachers will be accepted, and each will earn a $400 stipend. Selected teachers will be referred to as Advocates and will be trained on the STEP UP lessons at the virtual STEP UP Summit.

*See FAQ below for further questions on eligibility.

Apply now!

(Applications close **April 9th** at 11:59pm EST -- EXTENDED) 

Advocates will earn their stipend by doing the following:
  • Attend a one-day virtual training on the STEP UP curriculum (July 17, 2021)
  • Implement the Careers in Physics and Women in Physics lessons in the classrooms and use the Everyday Actions Guide throughout the school year to build an equitable classroom.
  • Meet virtually during the school year with an Ambassador Lead for feedback on the lessons and growing community. One meeting will be between September 2021 and January 2022 and the second between January 2022 and April 2022.
  • Be an active member of the online community by posting at least three times before January 2022 and three additional times before April 2022 (six total).
  • Complete surveys throughout the term. 
  • Provide Zelle or Venmo account information or an email address for Amazon gift card (to receive a stipend payment - if none of these work, accommodations can be made).

Advocate Program FAQs:
1. Is the Advocate position the same as the Ambassador position from past years?
  • No, in the past we've had our Ambassadors focus on training other teachers, but the Advocates are going to focus on direct student inspiration by doing the STEP UP lessons in physics classes.
2. Can I apply if I do not live in the U.S.? 
  • Yes, but you will be considered separately as the NSF-funded teachers must be based in the U.S.
3. Can I apply if I'm retired / taking a leave of absence / not in a high school classroom?
  • No, since the Advocates will be implementing the STEP UP curriculum in a classroom in the 2021-2022 school year.
4. If I can't attend the July 17th training - can I still apply?
  • Yes, but please email Ambassador Program Coordinator Bree ( to discuss a make up time.
5. Do I have to be registered with STEP UP to apply?
  • No, but you will have to register once you're selected so feel free to do so now and join the online community discussion! (Sign up is here, and is a 2-part process so make sure you get all the way to "save" on the STEP UP form!)
6. Do I have to have done the STEP UP lessons before?
  • No, we're excited to welcome folks who know about STEP UP but haven't done the lessons yet!
7. I don’t know my teaching schedule for the 2021-2022 school year. Can I still apply? 
  • Yes, as long as you expect to teach at least two physics related classes. Email Ambassador Program Coordinator Bree ( with additional questions.
8. I have a question about the survey. Who do I contact? 
9. I teach in a rural school and often don’t teach more than one section of physics. Can I still apply?
  • Yes, we recognize that some schools may not offer many sections of physics. Please email Ambassador Program Coordinator Bree ( to discuss.
10. I might be changing schools for the 2021-2022 school year, can I still apply?
  • Yes, you can answer the questions in the application that are about your current school or your best approximation for your future school.

Join STEP UP as a 2021-2022 Advocate!