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Awards to USA K-16 Science Educators to Recognize Outstanding Contributions to Science Education

Distinguished Teaching Awards

GrantWatch ID# 146138
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
National Science Teaching Association (NSTA)
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Important Dates
Deadline: 12/21/22

Grant Description
Awards to USA K-16 science educators to recognize outstanding contributions to science education. Award recipients will receive a stipend and travel accommodations to attend a national science education conference. The award is open to educators who have at least ten years of experience.

This award honors one or more NSTA members in the field of K–16 science education. The award is designed to recognize current NSTA members who are classroom teachers at the elementary, middle school, high school, and undergraduate levels who have made extraordinary contributions to the field of science teaching. The number of awards given each year is at the discretion of the NSTA Awards and Recognitions Committee. 

Excellence in teaching that reflects the National Science Education Standards is the main criterion for selection of recipients. Among the criteria to be considered by the committee are: 

  • Effective planning skills 
  • Lesson presentation skills 
  • Ability to motivate and challenge students 
  • Professional contribution in science and science education (e.g., publications, presentations) 
  • Participation in professional growth activities, leadership roles, and involvement at professional meetings 


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
This award is open to current NSTA members only, who have at least ten years of teaching experience.

Pre-Application Information
Completed applications must be received by December 21, 2022.

Estimated Size of Grant
Each award consists of two nights’ hotel accommodations and $500 towards expenses to attend the annual NSTA National Conference on Science Education.

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