The National Science Foundation is accepting nominations and applications for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching program, the highest recognition a kindergarten through 12th grade mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching. Awards may be given to mathematics and science teachers in each state and U.S. jurisdiction. Up to 108 awardees may be recognized each year.
Presidential awardees receive a certificate signed by the President of the United States, a trip for two to Washington, D.C. to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities, and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation. Awardees also join an active network of outstanding educators from throughout the Nation.
Anyone--principals, teachers, parents, students, or members of the general public--may nominate a teacher by completing the nomination form available on the PAEMST website. To submit a nomination, you'll need the teacher's name, email address, and school contact information. If you know more than one teacher deserving of this award, you may submit more than one nomination. Teachers may also initiate the application process themselves at the PAEMST website.
The Nomination Deadline is April 1, 2012. The Application Deadline is May 1, 2012 for elementary school teachers (Grades K-6). Secondary school teachers (Grades 7-12) are eligible to apply in 2013.
The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.