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

Awards to USA Teachers to Recognize
Excellence in STEM Education

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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

Deadline Date:

03/01/21

Description:

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Awards of $10,000 to USA and territories educators to recognize excellence in the field of STEM education. The purpose of this award is to acknowledge teachers that have motivated their students and helped them succeed in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer sciences.

In addition to the monetary award from NSF, each Presidential Awardee receives a certificate signed by the President of the United States. Awardees are honored at an award ceremony that takes place in Washington, D.C. Additional events may include professional development opportunities and discussions with policymakers on how to improve science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science education.

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, mathematics, and/or computer science 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. Awardees reflect the expertise and dedication of the Nation's teaching corps, and they demonstrate the positive impact of excellent teachers on student achievement. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180026

Number of Grants:

The President may recognize up to 108 exemplary teachers each year.

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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.
- An opportunity to build lasting partnerships with colleagues across the nation.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In 2020–2021, the PAEMST program will accept applications from 7th to 12th grade science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teachers. A separate application will open in the fall of 2021 for K–6th grade teachers applying for the 2021–2022 competition.

Awards are given to science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science 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).

Applicants must:
- Teach science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science 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 full-time employees of the 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 2020-2021 academic school year during which science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science has been a part of the applicant's teaching duties each of the five years;
- Teach in one 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, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and U.S. Virgin Islands);
- Be U.S. citizens or permanent residents; and
- Not have received the PAEMST award at the national level in any prior competition or category.

Pre-Application Information:

- Competition Opens: November 1, 2020
- Nomination Deadline: March 1, 2021
- Application Deadline: April 1, 2021. The application deadline is 11:59pm (Hawaii-Aleutian Time) on April 1, 2021. That is 5:59pm Eastern Daylight Time on April 2, 2021

Anyone—principals, teachers, parents, students, or members of the general public—may nominate exceptional individuals who teach science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science in grades 7-12 for this award year.

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.

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is responsible for setting the dates for recognition activities, which depend on administrative scheduling. Awardees will be notified at the earliest possible date. If COVID-19 is a safety concern, then the award ceremony may be held virtually. In this case a future face-to-face ceremony will be held in D.C.

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

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Nominate a teacher at https://www.paemst.org/nomination/nominate.

Begin an application at https://www.paemst.org/nomination/nominate?selfNomination=true.

Resume an application at https://www.paemst.org/tportal.

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

Technical assistance is available between 9am and 5pm EST, Monday through Friday.
application@paemst.org
Phone: (855) 723-6780

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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