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Sharing the Thrill of Scientific Discovery 2013-2023

Looking at the View


TSoG was founded in 2013 with a vision that world-class science education should be available to all students of all ages. Since 2015, The Shoulders of Giants has offered immersive mentorship programs for dedicated students who would like the opportunity to study more closely under the guidance of Dr. Steven J. Foland.

MISSION: To share the thrill of scientific Discovery

VISION: To strengthen communities by providing future leaders with a firm foundation in mathematics, science, and engineering.

Organization Announcement

Dear Supporters, Students, and Friends,


With a mix of nostalgia and profound gratitude, we write to announce the temporary closure of The Shoulders of Giants. For the past decade, our organization has been a beacon of inspiration, empowering young minds and fostering a passion for education.


Upon creation of The Shoulders of Giants in 2013, Dr. Foland set forth on a mission to bridge the gaps in access to quality education, particularly for underserved communities. Throughout the organization's tenure, we have achieved numerous milestones and made an immeasurable impact on the lives of our students.


Together, we:


  • Fueled a Passion for Learning: Through hands-on experiments, advanced coursework, and cutting-edge projects, we ignited the flames of scientific curiosity. We are so proud to see many of our alumni pursue higher education and careers in science and engineering and become future innovators and leaders.

  • Promoted Diversity and Inclusivity: In our commitment to inclusivity, we provided students from diverse backgrounds with a warm and inviting place to explore new career fields. 

  • Connected Communities: Our outreach efforts extended beyond the lab, fostering strong bonds with local communities and encouraging engagement in science and engineering through collaborative events and outreach programs.


These achievements wouldn't have been possible without the unwavering support of our donors, volunteers, mentors, and partners. Your dedication and commitment have been the bedrock of our success, and for that, we are eternally grateful. As we embark on this chapter's closure, we carry with us wonderful friendships and memories of laughter, learning, and the immense potential we have witnessed in every young mind that walked through our lab doors.


Though our formal journey is put on hold for an indefinite period of time, we know that the impact of our collective efforts will continue to resonate through the lives of the students TSoG has touched. The ripple effect of their knowledge, compassion, and ingenuity will leave an everlasting mark on our world.


If you would like to keep in touch, please email Lauren Foland to be added to our email list:


If the conditions are right for resuming educational programs in the future, we will do so. Once again, from the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for being an integral part of our organization's story.


With deep gratitude and warm regards,


The Shoulders of Giants


Two of the many things I appreciate about TSoG are it’s creativity and flexibility. Regarding creativity, I love how cutting-edge the program is and the variety of formats students can use to learn the lesson material, from digital lectures to in-person experiments. Regarding flexibility, I believe this program is truly for anyone, from the curious investigator to the dedicated academic. During my time in the program, I valued the time Dr. Foland spent investing in me as well as the relationships I made and unique projects I was able to work on.

Jennifer Pearson

Neonatal ICU Nurse, Northport Alabama

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