Cards Against Humanity is known to be one of the funniest (depending on your propensity for crude humour) cards games around, but the lack of women studying in the science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) fields is no laughing matter.
It is for that reason that the group behind the game have re-opened applications to the Science Ambassador Scholarship, a full-paid ticket for the winner to continue her studies in the STEM fields (for up to four years). And yes, the scholarship applications are only open to women.
The funding of the scholarship comes directly out of Cards Against Humanity’s pocket, as it puts the earnings from its $10 ‘Science’ add-on pack towards it – which currently stands at just under $1 million.
“I’m so excited that we’re able to offer another scholarship for a woman studying STEM. A lot of us at Cards Against Humanity have backgrounds in science and tech, and the underrepresentation of women in these fields is staggering,” explained Jenn Bane, the Cards Against Humanity community director, in a press statement.
Bane went on to say that it is about high time that things in the field change.
“Ask a kid to draw a scientist, they’ll draw a man in a lab coat, because science and math are historically male-dominated fields. Cards Against Humanity has a large audience, so with the Science Ambassador Scholarship we hope to help change the public perception of what a scientist looks like.”
The good news is that any women can apply, provided that you are studying in the US, or will be studying in the US next year – meaning that it is not limited to just US citizens.
To apply, you have to send them a video by 11th December.
“We’re accepting video applications because we want to raise visibility of women in science. Production value isn’t a factor in these videos. We’re looking for passionate, creative students who can break down a complicated scientific topic,” explained Board member Veronica Berns, postdoctoral Fellow in Chemical Education at Northwestern University.
The first Science Ambassador Scholarship last year went to Sona Dadhania from the University of Pennsylvania, studying Materials Science and Engineering.