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The Excellence in STEM Awards are designed to celebrate STEM education in New Mexico. They recognize students, teachers, schools, businesses and others who demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to, and advocacy of, STEM learning. 

Nominations will be accepted from October 25-December 15, 2017. 

The Awards ceremony will take place on Friday, February 23, 2018 in Albuquerque.

Categories & Criteria:

(some categories will include monetary awards)

STEM Student of the Year K-8:

A student in grades K-8 who demonstrates a passion for STEM learning through their involvement in school and/or after school STEM activities. The awardee shall show leadership in these activities and should actively inspire STEM learning among their peers. 

STEM Student of the Year 9-12:

A student in grades 9-12 who demonstrates a passion for STEM learning through their involvement in school and/or after school STEM activities. The awardee shall show leadership in these activities and should serve as a mentor for other students. 

STEM Educator of the Year K-8

A K-8 educator who actively instills a love of STEM learning in their classroom. This individual goes above and beyond to provide meaningful, fun opportunities and resources to their students in an effort to improve STEM competency. 

STEM Educator of the Year 9-12

A 9-12 educator who actively instills a love of STEM learning in their classroom. This individual goes above and beyond to provide meaningful, fun opportunities and resources to their students in an effort to improve STEM competency. 

STEM School of the Year

A state accredited school serving students K-12 which serves as an innovative leader in STEM education. The award is for schools who are finding new ways to develop a love of STEM learning in their students and who are engaging parents and the community through the process. 

STEM District of the Year

A school district, or affiliated group of schools, serving students K-12 which serves as an innovative leader in STEM education. Honorees have found new ways to develop a love of STEM learning in their students and are also engaging parents and the community through the process.

STEM Industry Partner of the Year- Small Business

A private business that contributes to meaningful STEM learning through a combination of mentorship, advocacy, and funding. Open to businesses with 50 or fewer employees. 

STEM Industry Partner of the Year- Large Business

A private business that contributes to meaningful STEM learning through a combination of mentorship, advocacy, and funding. Open to businesses with more than 50 employees. 

STEM Non-Profit of the Year

A nonprofit organization that demonstrates excellence in providing STEM activities and/ or opportunities. Honorees will have specific goals for their programs and can show a demonstrable impact to the communities they are seeking to engage.

STEM Higher-Ed Program of the Year

A higher education program focused on encouraging students in the state's higher education system to pursue a STEM related career field. The program will be judged on its innovative approach and its ability to engage students. 

STEM Advisor or Coach of the Year

An individual who serves as an advisor or coach to students in STEM related activities. This person demonstrates excellence in helping their team to set and achieve goals, overcome challenges, and create a final project. 

STEM Mentor of the Year

A current or former STEM professional in New Mexico who is dedicated to fostering the love of STEM in New Mexico students through meaningful interaction. A STEM mentor helps students develop long-term STEM related educational or career plans, and may advise students to help realize these goals.

Notice--The Selection Committee will meet in December 2017 to review/evaluate submitted nominations. Honorees will be notified in early 2018. The Committee reserves the right to not name an awardee in all categories and to give multiple awards in a single category. 

 

For questions regarding the New Mexico Excellence in STEM Awards email us at news@afrlnewmexico.com.