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Awards to USA Teachers for Outstanding Contributions to STEM Education

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Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)

National Science Foundation (NSF) - The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy


Agency: Federal

GrantWatch ID #180026

Grant Description

Awards of $10,000 to USA and territories educators to recognize excellence in the field of STEM education. Applicants must teach in 7th to 12th-grade classrooms. The purpose of this award is to honor teachers who have motivated their students and helped them succeed in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer sciences. Each Presidential Awardee receives a certificate signed by the President of the United States, a $10,000 award from NSF, and an all-expenses paid trip for an award ceremony in Washington, D.C. In addition, awardees join a national cohort of award-winning teachers, providing opportunities to impact teaching on a state and national scale.

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics teaching.

The award recognizes those teachers have both deep content knowledge of the subjects they teach and the ability to motivate and enable students to be successful in those areas. Since the program's inception, more than 5,200 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession.

Awardees reflect the expertise and dedication of the Nation's teaching corps, and they demonstrate the positive impact of excellent teachers on student achievement. The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

The PAEMST program encourages applications from racial and ethnic groups that are underrepresented in STEM (Black; African American; Hispanic; Latino(a); Asian American; Native American, including American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and Other Pacific Islanders), all genders, teachers with disabilities, veterans, and teachers serving in high needs schools. For this competition, high needs schools are defined as those that have 20% or more of the students served coming from low-income families.

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Eligibility:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must:
- Teach science, technology, engineering, or mathematics as part of their contracted teaching responsibilities at the 7-12 grade level in a public (including charter) or private school;
- Hold at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution;
- Be a full-time employee of their school or school district as determined by state and district policies, with responsibilities for teaching students no less than 50% of the school's allotted instructional time;
- Have at least five years of full-time employment as a K-12 teacher prior to the 2022-2023 academic school year, with science, technology, engineering, or mathematics teaching duties during each of the past five years;
- Teach in one of the 50 states, the Department of Defense Education Activity schools, or the U.S. Jurisdictions of the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or as a group American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands;
- Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident; and
- Not have received the PAEMST award at the national level in any prior competition or category.

Anyone—principals, teachers, parents, students, members of the general public—may nominate exceptional individuals who teach science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. You can also self-nominate. There are two award categories: science and mathematics. The science category includes science and engineering. The mathematics category includes mathematics and computer science/technology.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Nominate: This year's awards will honor science, technology, engineering, or mathematics teachers working in grades 7-12. Nominations close on January 9, 2023.
- Apply: Applications for 7-12th grade teachers are now open. Applications must be completed by February 6, 2023.

Once a teacher is nominated or initiates the application process, the teacher will receive an email invitation to continue the application process. The invitation will include login information for accessing the online application system.

Selection
- At the state and jurisdiction level, coordinators convene selection committees, which include prominent mathematicians, scientists, mathematics/science education researchers, district-level personnel, and classroom teachers. These committees select up to six finalists (three from each award category) for recognition at the state and jurisdiction level. States and jurisdictions are strongly encouraged to forward finalists in each of the STEM areas.
- Within the science category, states and jurisdictions are encouraged to include science and engineering finalists and in the mathematics category, they are encouraged to include mathematics and computer science/technology finalists. State and jurisdiction selection committees review applications using the criteria and scoring information presented in this application packet. The states and jurisdictions select up to six state finalists by March 10, 2023.

About the Awards:
https://www.paemst.org/about/view

Additional Funding Information:

Number of Grants:

The President may recognize up to 108 exemplary teachers each year. Awards are given to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics teachers from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Department of Defense Education Activity schools, or the U.S. territories as a group (American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and U.S. Virgin Islands).

Estimated Size of Grant:

Recipients of the award receive the following:
- A certificate signed by the President of the United States.
- A paid trip to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities.
- A $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.
- Awardees join a national cohort of award-winning teachers, providing an opportunity to build lasting partnerships with colleagues across the nation.

Contact Information:

For the online nomination form, see:
https://www.paemst.org/nomination/nominate

To begin an application:
https://www.paemst.org/nomination/nominate?selfNomination=true

To resume an application:
https://www.paemst.org/tportal

Contact info@paemst.org if you have any questions regarding the PAEMST nomination process.

Program Officers: Please note that the following information is current at the time of publishing. See program website for any updates to the points of contact.
- Robert Mayes, telephone: (703) 292-7267, email: rmayes@nsf.gov
- Elsa Gonzalez, telephone: (703) 292-4690, email: elgonzal@nsf.gov

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