Science Education Advocate Awards

Washington State LASER, with support from The Boeing Company, presents the annual Science Champions: Science Education Advocate Awards.

The award nomination period for 2013-2014 is closed, and the recipients are listed below. We are currently working on funding for the 2014-2015 awards, and the nomination materials and new timeline will be posted as soon as we have confirmation. If you would like to be notified when the materials are available, you can email Ginny Vacchiery at  and she will let you know when they are posted.

 

2013-2014 Recipients:

Corrine Beach
Corinne Beach
Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility

Corinne Beach's $5,000 award will be going to Olympic Educational Service District 114 to support the West Sound STEM Network.
Learn Morepdf

Debra Coleman
Debra L. Coleman
Kids in Science and Engineering
Debra L. Coleman's $5,000 award will be going to Kids in Science and Engineering (KISE) to support their work.
Learn Morepdf

IslandWood
IslandWood
IslandWood's $5,000 award is going to IslandWood to support their educational programs.
Learn Morepdf

Sno-Isle Libraries
Sno-Isle Libraries
Sno-Isle Libraries $5,000 award is going to the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation to support their educational programs.
Learn Morepdf

Taylor Shellfish Farm
Taylor Shellfish Farms
Taylor Shellfish Farms is splitting their $5,000 award with Pacific Education Institute and South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group.
Learn Morepdf

 

About the Awards

The awards will be presented to up to five individuals, organizations, and/or project teams, who have exhibited outstanding advocacy for science education in the state of Washington by promoting the importance of science education among the general public and/or the education system. This includes, but is not limited to, promoting the importance of science education among the general public, seeking out and engaging new and diverse participants and/or investors in science education, enabling and influencing others to act in the interests of science education and/or its reform, and making enhancements to science education by efforts at local, regional and/or state level in Washington.

The intent of the Science Champions: Science Education Advocate Awards is to recognize and raise public awareness of advocacy across the broadest possible spectrum of science education efforts. Efforts at all levels of science education - including early learner, K-12, vocational, undergraduate, graduate, adult, and informal/public science education - are eligible for consideration.

Recipients of the Science Champions: Science Education Advocate Awards receive $5,000 from the Boeing Company to be awarded to the non-profit educational organization of their choice. This is presented along with an engraved Galileo Thermometer at a local award ceremony. They will also have their name engraved on the plaque that hangs in Building Three of Pacific Science Center.

Initiated with support from the Boeing Company, the Science Education Advocate Award recipients will each receive $5,000 and a commemorative award recognizing the recipient's advocacy efforts for science education reform in Washington. Although recipients can be recognized for either individual or group advocacy efforts, the $5,000 award will be designated by the recipients to an organization or institution for use in its science education efforts.

The awards will be presented to up to five individuals, organizations, and/or project teams, who have exhibited outstanding advocacy for science education in the State of Washington. They will have done this by providing visible and notable support for excellent science education above and beyond the scope of their defined responsibilities. This support is recognized by a broad and diverse audience and plays a key role in increasing and sustaining gains in quality science for all students. This may include but is not limited to the following:

  • Promoting the importance of science education among the general public.
  • Seeking out new and diverse participants and/or investors in science education.
  • Enabling and influencing others to act in the interests of science education and/or its reform.
  • Making enhancements to science education by efforts at local, regional and/or state level in Washington.

Each year, Washington State LASER intends to present:

  • A minimum of two awards to individuals and at least one to an organization or project.
  • At least two awards to individuals or organizations whose primary function is not related to science education (such as legislators, producers/leads of public access shows, journalists, school board members who are not professional educators).
  • At least one award for advocacy for science education outside formal K-12 education.

However, these parameters may vary each year, depending upon the quality of applications received. Awards may recognize long-term efforts or major one-time contributions (e.g. extraordinary efforts toward particular legislation, extraordinary public awareness through a published report, etc.). A recipient may not receive the Science Education Advocate Award again for at least five years.

Recipients will be recognized in a ceremony among local and state community business leaders. The recipients will also be recognized on a Science Champions: Science Education Advocate Awards section of the LASER website, which will be structured to highlight the interconnectedness of the science education and advocacy efforts of the award recipients. Further, recipients' professional organizations will be notified of the award and encouraged to recognize the recipient at a conference and/or in the professional organization newsletter, magazine, or webpage. Also, recipients' names will be engraved on a plaque for permanent display at Pacific Science Center.

Washington State LASER is pleased to announce the eighth annual Science Champions: Science Education Advocacy Awards for individuals, organizations, and/or project teams.

Nomination Process - Nominators need to follow these four steps:

1. Head Nominator: View the checklist and tipspdf for the head nominator. Complete the Science Champions: Science Education Advocate Awards Nomination Form below and if you choose, one of the letters of recommendation. You may use our online form below or you may download a form for individuals in PDF formatpdf or Word formatdoc or for groups/organizations in PDF formatpdf or Word formatdoc that you can print, fill out, and mail.

2. Secure two additional Letters of Recommendation, if you are writing a letter, three if you are not, from individuals who are familiar with the nominees' science advocacy efforts.

3. Nominee will complete their Personal Statement Form, which can be downloaded for individuals in PDF formatpdf or in Word formatdoc or for groups/organizations in PDF formatpdf or Word formatdoc.

4. Head Nominator: Ensure that all paperwork (nomination form, personal statement, and all 3 nomination Letters of Recommendation) is submitted to Science Champions: Science Education Advocate Awards no later than January 28, 2013. (See below for sending options.)

Criteria for Letters of Recommendation

  • At least one letter of recommendation of the three should come from an individual who has seen the effects of the nominee's advocacy from within the science education environment (e.g. a teacher, science education researcher, informal science educator, outreach coordinator of an organization, radio commentator, newspaper writer, community member, etc.).
  • At least one letter of recommendation should come from an individual in the greater community who has seen the effects of the nominee's advocacy from outside the education arena (e.g. politicians, research scientists, parents of students, business leaders).
  • Recommendations for nominated organizations must come from individuals whose primary function does not take place with the organization.
  • Letters of recommendation, on letterhead if possible, are not to exceed two pages, and should address the following:
    1. The recommender's relationship to the nominee.
    2. A description of the nominee's primary job function.
    3. The specific advocacy efforts undertaken by the nominee leading to the recommendation may include, but are not limited to, the following:
      • Promoting the importance of science education among the general public.
      • Seeking out and engaging new and diverse participants and/or investors in science education.
      • Enabling and influencing others to act in the interests of science education and/or its reform.
      • Making enhancements to science education by efforts at local, regional and/or state level in Washington.

Nomination Form

Note: All fields are mandatory.

Your Name(*)
Invalid Input

Nominee Name(*)
Invalid Input

Nominee Address(*)
Invalid Input

Nominee Email:(*)
Invalid Input

Nominee Phone: (*)
Invalid Input

The Nominee Is An:(*)

Invalid Input

Nominee's Primary Job Function:(*)

Invalid Input

Letters of recommendation included in this nomination.
Please list up to three individuals,
their name, email address, phone number
and professional relationship to the nominee:

Invalid Input

*Please note: Pacific Science Center Board members and LASER Steering Committee members may not be nominees for the current year’s Science Education Advocate awards. They also may not be a nominator (letter writer) but may help support the nomination of an individual, organization and/or project team.

Submission Process

Please use one of the methods listed below:

1. Email the nomination materials to: . Please include the nominee's name in the subject of all emails.

2. Fax nomination materials to (206) 443-6600, attn: Washington State LASER.

3. Mail nomination materials to:

Science Champions: SEA Awards
Washington State LASER
200 Second Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109

Award recipients will be selected by a committee of approximately nine people. The subcommittee will be comprised of the LASER co-directors, LASER Steering Committee members, as well as representatives from the business community, the K-12 education community, the higher education community, and Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Selection committee members and members of the LASER Steering Committee (or the organizations they represent) may not be nominees for the current year's Science Education Advocate awards.

To preview the nominee rating sheet to be used by the selection committee, please select either PDF format -or- WORD format.

A local award ceremony will be held for each recipient of a Science Champion: Science Education Advocate Award. At the awards ceremonies recipients will receive their $5000 checks to a not-for-profit education organization of their choice. Dates, times and locations for the 2013-2014 awards will be announced soon.