STAT STATEWIDE AWARDS

Award Winners
2019 STAT Award Winners

Each year, STAT is proud to recognize excellence in and dedication to the field of science education through its annual award programs. Award recipients are recognized during STAT’s annual Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching (CAST) and receive an honorarium, complimentary CAST registration and CAST travel reimbursement. A committee of STAT members reviews all applications and selects award recipients. 

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Outstanding Science Teacher of the Year Awards
Distinguished Leadership in Science Administrator Award
Gerald Skoog Cup for Outstanding Leadership in Science Teacher Education
Virginia Woods Award for Exceptional Contributions and Leadership in Science Education

Meet the 2019 Winners
STAT Awards Nomination Form

2020 Timeline

Monday, April 13 Applications/Nominations Open
Monday, June 8 Nominations Close
Monday, June 15 Applications Close
By Mid-August Recipients Notified

 

Outstanding Science Teacher of the Year Awards

The Outstanding Science Teacher of the Year Awards recognizes excellence in science teaching in Texas public, private or charter schools and are presented annually.

  • Rookie Science Teacher of the Year (first or second year of teaching)
  • Elementary Science Teacher of the Year (Early Childhood–Grade 5)      
  • Middle School Science Teacher of the Year (Grades 6–8)
  • High School Science Teacher of the Year (Grades 9–12)

Requirements:

  • Evidence of creativity in the classroom and dedication to community involvement and professional growth as demonstrated through the application process
  • Appropriate grade-level designation
  • STAT membership
  • Currently teaching in Texas school
  • Current Executive Board members or Awards Committee members are not eligible for recognition while serving.

Recognition

  • Each award winner is announced in the fall and formally recognized at CAST.
  • Each award winner receives a physical award, an honorarium of $1,500, complimentary CAST registration, 2 nights in CAST hotel and customary travel expense reimbursement.
STAT Awards Nomination Form

Distinguished Leadership in Science Administrator Award

The Distinguished Leadership in Science Award recognizes outstanding support of science education at the district or state level by a non-teaching administrator in Early Childhood through Grade 12 and is presented annually.

Requirements:

  • Evidence of outstanding support of science education at the district or state level and dedication to community involvement and supporting the professional growth of teachers as demonstrated through an application process
  • STAT membership
  • Currently serving in a non-teaching administrator role in Texas school district or campus
  • Current Executive Board members or Awards Committee members are not eligible for recognition while serving.

Recognition

  • The award winner is announced in the fall and formally recognized at CAST.
  • The award winner receives a physical award, an honorarium of $1,500, complimentary CAST registration, 2 nights in CAST hotel and customary travel expense reimbursement.
STAT Awards Nomination Form

Gerald Skoog Cup for Outstanding Leadership in Science Teacher Education

The Skoog Cup College Faculty Award is presented annually to a faculty or staff member at a Texas college or university who has demonstrated significant contributions to and leadership in the development of quality science education. The award is presented by STAT and the Texas Tech University Howard Hughes Medical Institute Science Education Program and is named for Dr. Gerald Skoog, the Paul Whitfield Horn Professor Emeritus at Texas Tech University.

Requirements:

  • Evidence of significant contributions and leadership in the development of quality science education through university programming as demonstrated through an application process
  • STAT membership
  • Currently serving in a non-teaching administrator role in Texas school district or campus
  • Current Executive Board members or Awards Committee members are not eligible for recognition while serving.

Recognition

  • The award winner is announced in the fall and formally recognized at CAST
  • The award winner receives the Skoog Cup trophy, an honorarium of $500, complimentary CAST registration, 2 nights in CAST hotel and customary travel expense reimbursement.
STAT Awards Nomination Form

Virginia Woods Award for Exceptional Contributions and Leadership in Science Education

The Virginia Woods Award may be presented in ongoing recognition of Virginia Woods' contributions to science education in general and to the Science Teachers Association of Texas in particular. It is the highest award STAT can bestow upon a member for contributions to science education. The award is named for Virginia Woods, STAT’s longtime executive secretary.

This award will only be given when an exceedingly worthy individual is identified and is bestowed by special action of the STAT Executive Board. As such, there is no formal application, nor is this an annual award. However, recommendations for potential recipients may be sent to the Board during the award nominations window. Recommendations for potential recipients may be sent to [email protected].

Requirements:

  • The recipient must be a long-standing member of STAT (20 years or more)
  • One letter of nomination and two to five letters of support, plus the nominee’s curriculum vitae, are required.
  • Demonstrated significant contributions to science education, including any or all of the following:
    • outstanding leadership and service in STAT activities;
    • longstanding leadership in a field of science education;
    • outstanding contributions to the improvement of science curriculum;
    • scholarly writing in the field of science education;
    • contributions to science education over a significant length of time;
    • overall excellence of contributions to STAT and science education.

Recognition:

  • The award winner is announced in the fall and formally recognized at CAST.
  • The award winner receives a physical award, an honorarium of $1,500, complimentary CAST registration, 2 nights in CAST hotel and customary travel expense reimbursement.

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