Massachusetts Association 
of Science Teachers

2019 Awards

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. 

Elaine Adams Professional Development Grant - Opens Spring 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.

If you have any questions please contact Laura:

Grants for Empowering Teachers (GET) - Opens Spring 2020

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

Other Awards/Grants

Massachusetts Science Educators Hall of Fame, Inc.

Criteria for Nominations

The individual should have been involved in science education in Massachusetts for a minimum of twenty years. The individual should have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of education in the sciences and/or science teaching in Massachusetts. 

  • Has had an effect in school(s) and/or system (s). 
  • Has had an effect statewide/regionally. 
  • Has had an impact nationally. 
  • Has introduced/modified new teaching/learning programs. 
  • Has done workshops and lectures for student groups. 
  • Has publications related to science/education of value to science educators. 
  • Has provided service to professional organizations. 
  • There is evidence of enthusiastic and continual search for knowledge.
  • There is evidence of leadership in science education. 
  • There is evidence of long-term impact on students. 
  • There has been recognition of contributions such as awards/citations from recognized groups. 

Many science educators in Massachusetts are deserving of recognition. We need your help in identifying the most dedicated individuals in our state. The procedure for nomination is:

1.    Send the name, address, e-mail address and telephone number of your nominee to the name listed below. Include one page telling why you are nominating this person. Deadline for nominations:  Friday, September 1, 2017.

2.    Inform the nominee of your nomination and tell them to provide us with: (1) an up-to-date resume and (2) three letters of reference. Please limit these references to two pages each. Deadline for packet: Tuesday, September 19, 2017.

Please send the letters of nomination, the application packet, and any questions to: Jim Perry, 19 North White Pine Lane, Mansfield, MA 02048. Email:  Mobile: 508-272-1236 

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    These grants (average amount: $500) can be used for a variety of projects and materials, including but not limited to books, software, calculators, math manipulatives, art supplies, audiovisual equipment, and lab materials. Classroom grants are available to all educators who have not received a scholarship or grant from the association in the last 18 months. Application deadlines are October 1 and March 1. Click here for more information.
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    Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation will donate $5 million to schools and school parent-teacher groups at more than 1,000 different schools during the school year. Grant applicants may request between $2,000 and $5,000 per school. Once 1,500 applications are received, the application process will be closed and the "Apply Now" button will no longer appear on the website. The program has two grant cycles in a school year: Spring (February 15) and Fall (October 15). Click here for more information.
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