Grant & Award Opportunities
NSTA Teacher Awards, with $60K in Prizes, Accepting Nominations till Dec. 21, 2022
- By Kate Lucariello
The National Science Teaching Association is accepting nominations through Dec. 21, 2022, for its annual teacher awards, with grant prizes totaling over $60,000. The awards recognize informal and classroom educators, researchers, new teachers, longtime teachers, and more.
“NSTA awards recognize exceptional individuals for their accomplishments and outstanding work in the science education field,” the association said. Sponsors have contributed over $60,000 in cash and prizes yearly.
Applications may be submitted directly or by nomination, depending on the award, and more than one type of award may be applied for, NSTA said. Awards will be presented at NSTA’s National Conference March 22-25, 2023, in Atlanta.
Educator awards include:
- Corteva Agriscience Excellence in Agricultural Science Education Award, with a $2,500 cash award and other prizes; open to any K–12 science teacher who incorporates agricultural science activities into science curriculum
- Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Award for New Teachers, for NSTA members in their first five years of teaching
- Northrop Grumman Foundation Excellence in Engineering Education Award, with a $3,000 cash award, $5,000 for classroom materials and equipment, and $2,000 to attend the NSTA National Conference on Science Education; open to K–12 public school science or technology teachers with at least three years of teaching experience
- NSTA Distinguished Service to Science Education Award, open to NSTA members who “have shown long-term dedication to science education”
- NSTA Distinguished Teaching Award, open to NSTA members
- NSTA Legacy Award, posthumously recognizes longstanding members of NSTA for “significant lifelong service to NSTA and contributions to science education”
- NSTA Fellow Award, open to longstanding NSTA members
- Robert E. Yager Carleton Exemplary Teaching Award, with a $1,000 cash prize and $1,000 to attend NSTA National Conference on Science Education; open to any K–12 science teacher residing in NSTA’s districts
- Robert H. Carleton Award, with $5,000 cash prize and all-expenses-paid trip to NSTA’s national conference; open to NSTA members who are K–20 science educators
- Shell Science Teaching Award, with a $10,000 cash prize and trip to the national conference; open to K–12 classroom science teachers
- Shell Urban Science Educators Development Awards, with $1,800 prize for each of 7 recipients to attend the national conference; open to K–12 classroom science teachers in an urban setting
- Sylvia Shugrue Award for Elementary School Teachers, with a $1,000 cash prize and $500 to attend the national conference; open to K–6 classroom teachers with at least five years’ experience
Find more information and links to apply at the NSTA website.
Kate Lucariello is a former newspaper editor, EAST Lab high school teacher and college English teacher.