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Colorado has many stellar educators and students who have participated and been awarded many of the opportunities listed below. These awards and recognitions occur annually with specific application windows, so refer to each award for more information. Other opportunities occur randomly and can be added to the announcements section of the science main page.


For Educators

National Association of Biology Teachers Awards
Various awards offered to educators and schools around biology education.

NSTA Awards and Recognitions
Various awards and recognitions for educators and classrooms.

Outstanding Earth Science Teacher (OEST)
Awards are given for "exceptional contributions to the stimulation of interest in the Earth Sciences at the pre-college level." Any teacher or other K-12 educator who covers a significant amount of earth science content with their students is eligible. Ten national finalists are selected, one from each NAGT regional section. Some sections also recognize state winners.

Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)
The nation's highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science (including computer science). Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education.

Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring PAESMEM
Honors U.S. citizens or permanent residents and U.S. organizations that have demonstrated excellence in mentoring individuals from groups that are underrepresented in STEM education and workforce. Individuals and organizations in all public and private sectors are eligible including industry, academia, primary and secondary education, military and government, non-profit organizations, and foundations. Nominations are encouraged from all geographical regions in the U.S., its territories or possessions, particularly jurisdictions designated by Congress under NSF's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).

Shell Science Teaching Award
A partnership between Shell Oil Company and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), this award recognizes one outstanding classroom teacher (grades K–12) who has had a positive impact on his or her students, school, and the community through exemplary science teaching. Special projects may be mentioned but should not be the main focus of the candidate’s application

Shell Science Lab Challenge
Are you succeeding in science lab instruction with minimal equipment? The Shell Science Lab Challenge gives you an opportunity to share your exemplary approach for a chance to win a school science lab makeover support package valued at $20,000!


For Students

DuPont Challenge
This competition is designed for science students at least 13 years of age who can craft an original 700 to 1000 word science-related essay. Students are judged on their ideas, as well as on writing style, organization, style and creativity, as well as voice.

Google Science Fair
The Google Science Fair is an online science competition open to students ages 13-18 from around the globe. Top prize is a $50,000 scholarship.

Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS)
The nation’s most prestigious pre-college science competition. Each year, 300 Intel STS semifinalists and their schools are recognized. From that select pool of semifinalists, 40 student finalists are invited to Washington, DC in March to participate in final judging, display their work to the public, meet with notable scientists, and compete for awards, including three top awards of $150,000.

Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF)
For high school students only, who must first qualify at an affiliated fair. Top prize is a $50,000 scholarship.

International BioGENEius Challenge
For high school students only; recognizes outstanding research in biotechnology. Process is state, national, international; hosted by the Biotechnology Institute. Top prize is a $7,500 cash award.

Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS)
A competition for high school students only. Regional winners proceed to a national competition.

National Youth Science Camp
The National Youth Science Camp is a residential science education program for young scientists the summer after they graduate from high school. Students from around the country are challenged academically in exciting lectures and hands-on studies, and have voluntary opportunities to participate in an outdoor adventure program, gain a new and deep appreciation for the great outdoors, and establish friendships that last a lifetime.

NSTA’s Angela Award
This award honors one female student in grades 5–8, who is involved in or has a strong connection to science. The award has been established in honor of Gerry Wheeler, Executive Director Emeritus, and his outstanding dedication to NSTA and lifelong commitment to science education.

Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology
A competition for high school students. Top prize is a $100,000 scholarship.

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