Massachusetts Association 
of Science Teachers


Each year our organization seeks to honor those among us who have contributed in a beneficial way to the improvement of science education in the state of Massachusetts. Consider nominating a colleague who has met the criteria below.  Nominations may be made by applying online at: 

Dawn Sather Exemplary New Teacher Award

  1. Membership in MAST is not a requirement

  2. In the first 3 years of the teaching profession and currently teaching science

  3. Noticed for remarkable achievement, accomplishment, and promise as a science educator

Russell P. Stanhope Distinguished Friend of Science Award

  1. Non-member of MAST, but MAST membership is not a disqualifier

  2. Works with science educators in Massachusetts

  3. High visibility in science education

  4. Promotes being a “friend” to the science community – strives to work collaboratively in his/her mission 

Joann Blum Inspiration in Environmental Education Award

  1. The recipient should be a K-8 teacher who inspires his/her children to see science in the natural world around them.

  2. Membership in MAST is not a requirement for the award.

  3. The recipient will receive recognition at the annual MAST Awards banquet and one year's complimentary membership in MAST (new or renewal).

MAST State Science Educator of the Year

  1. Current member of MAST (e.g. membership acquired through conference participation or affiliates)

  2. Previous MAST County Educator of the Year Award winner

  3. Active or retired teacher

  4. Significant accomplishment in science education, locally, and statewide

  5. Role model in science education for other educators

County Science Educator of the Year Awards (14)

  1. Hold a current membership in the Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers (MAST) and has been an active member one year prior.

  2. Have a past history of being an active, contributing member of national, state, and/or local science teacher organizations.

  3. Have provided a leadership role in promoting and advancing the cause of quality science education among his/her peers.

  4. Have been active in promoting and advancing the cause of quality science education among students in the schools.

Nominations are due October 14, 2019

Contact Laura Carlin at with any questions. 

Upcoming Awards

Elaine Adams Professional Development Grant - Nominations will open in the Spring of 2020

All science educators are eligible to apply for the Elaine Adams Professional Development Grant, established in memory of Elaine Adams, chemistry teacher at Phillips Academy and one of the four founders of the former Science Teachers Area Resource Swap (STARS).

This year one $500 award will be presented to an applicant who proposes pursuing a professional development venture that is interesting and new for themselves and that has the potential to be of use/value for their students and science education. Recipients are expected to present a workshop at an upcoming MAST Conference. Prior winners may apply again but in the case of a tied decision, new awardees will be given priority over previous winners.

2017 Elaine Adams PD Grant (Online version)

2017 Elaine Adams PD Grant (Paper version)

Grants for Empowering Teachers (GET) - Nominations will open in the Spring of 2018

As a benefit to membership, MAST has established the GET opportunity for educators (formal and informal) to purchase non-consumable items that engage and enrich student learning. This grant opportunity is open to all MAST members, and this year five $200 awards will be presented to applicants who demonstrate the use/value of a particular item for their students and science education. 

Within a year and a half, recipients are required to share evidence of student engagement. Possible presentation forms may include photographs and an article in the MASTHead, a poster for the MAST annual fall conference, or a presentation at that conference.  Evidence may include photographs, drawings, quotes, videos, essays, artwork, etc. Recipients are encouraged to post on social media and include a link to the grant Awardees will receive one day complimentary membership to the MAST Annual conference to share their work.

Examples of non-consumables:

·       Science equipment: microscopes, balances, etc

·       Lab Materials:  rocks and mineral samples, motors, etc

·       Technology: Probes, thermal camera, build-able technology kits, robotics kits

·       Resources: textbooks/leveled readers/non-fiction texts

2017 GET Application (online version)

2017 GET Application (paper version)

Contact with any questions. 

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