Presidential Awards for Excellence

  • PAEMST LogoThe Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teaching. The Awards were established by Congress in 1983. The President may recognize up to 108 exemplary teachers each year.

    Awards are given to science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teachers from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Department of Defense Education Activity schools, or the U.S. territories as a group (American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and U.S. Virgin Islands).

    The award recognizes those teachers have both deep content knowledge of the subjects they teach and the ability to motivate and enable students to be successful in those areas. Since the program's inception, more than 4,800 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession.

    Awardees reflect the expertise and dedication of the Nation's teaching corps, and they demonstrate the positive impact of excellent teachers on student achievement. The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.


  • Why Apply?

    Recipients of the award receive the following:

    • A certificate signed by the President of the United States
    • A paid trip for two to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities
    • ‚ÄčA $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation

    Eligibility

    For the 2020 award year, applicants must:

    • Teach science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science as part of their contracted teaching responsibilities at the K-6 grade level in a public (including charter) or private school
    • Hold at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
    • Be full-time employees of the school or school district as determined by state and district policies, with responsibilities for teaching students no less than 50% of the school's allotted instructional time
    • Have at least five years of full-time employment as a K-12 teacher prior to the 2019-2020 academic school year during which science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science has been a part of the applicant's teaching duties each of the five years
    • Teach in one of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Department of Defense Education Activity schools, or the U.S. territories as a group (American Samoa, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and U.S. Virgin Islands)
    • Be U.S. citizens or permanent residents
    • Not have received the PAEMST award at the national level in any prior competition or category

  • Nomination

    Anyone may nominate exceptional individuals who teach science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science in grades K-6 for the 2020-2021 program year. Teachers may also initiate the application process themselves at www.paemst.org. Nominations for the next application cycle will open in Winter 2021.

    Once a teacher is nominated or initiates the application process, the teacher will receive an email invitation to continue the application process. The invitation will include login information for accessing the online application system.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact, Joshua Roesner, Michigan's state coordinator, at roesnerj1@michigan.gov.


    Previous Michigan Winners

    Congratulations to Michigan's most recent PAEMST Finalists in the Mathematics and Science categories:

    Mathematics

    Angela Principato, South Lake HS

    Laurie Hochrein, Ann Arbor Skyline HS

    Theodore Emch, Ann Arbor Pioneer HS

    Science

    Christopher Bolhuis, Hudsonville Public Schools

    Holly Hereau, Lee M. Thurston HS

    Scott Milam, Plymouth HS

    A full list of past Michigan PAEMST awardees may be found on the PAEMST website.