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: